Music: Enclaves of Harmony

San Francisco has a new tradition: street musicians. Along with the cable cars, that famous bridge, the bay and the sourdough bread, the city now has a sweet sonic oddity: strains of Bach, Mozart and Telemann being tootled on street corners. The players are young, serious and usually talented. Without exception, they are determined. It takes tenacity to concentrate on a fugal entry as cable cars rattle past, stray dogs water the violin case, and an "occasional drunk keeps insisting on pop tunes.

Explains Ken Cramer, 23, a blue-denimed, long-haired flute player out of Rochester's Eastman School of Music: "This way we...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!