The performance is a benefit for the Food Bank for New York City — and the kickoff for a 10-day online auction designed to raise money for the organization. Among the items up for bid is a private, in-home recital by Bronfman himself (who is known affectionately as "Fima" — you can bid at www.FimaForFoodBank.com).
Bronfman, through his spokesperson, says that alleviating hunger is a very important cause for him. His father, who died recently, often went without food as a child in Ukraine and experienced starvation again when he was jailed by Stalin. Bronfman's mother, who was born in Poland, fled the Nazis when she was 13 and had to forage for food in the Russian forest. Says Fima, "When these experiences are in your family, this cause resonates very much with you."
Bronfman no doubt hopes his appearance in a train station is better received than that of Joshua Bell last winter.
The rush-hour recital comes just six days before Bronfman's "Perspectives" series also includes a solo recital and collaborations with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Met Chamber Ensemble and the New York String Orchestra.