Athens is the place to hear some of the best street music in the world. Many of the musicians come from Eastern Europe where they may have played in symphonies and been fairly well-known. But in Athens they play on the street and have to keep a sharp look-out for cops. Seems silly really. Athens is lucky to have these musicians and if someday they get tired of being harrassed and leave for a city that is more tolerant it will be a major loss. Because unless you pay $50 a ticket to go to Carnagie Hall or to hear one of the visiting orchestras at the Herod Atticus theater it is unlikely that you will hear the quality of musicanship some of these people display.

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