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'Hello, Nathaniel': Ayers' trip to D.C. one of uncertainty, triumph

Jul 27, 2010 3:32:00 AM - latimes.com
When he spun a dream on skid row using two violin strings, the musician never would have envisioned a command performance at the White House. Yet, here he is.

In those early days after we met 5 1/2 years ago, when Nathaniel Ayers slept on the streets of skid row, he was a dreamer. He'd play a two-string violin at the feet of the Beethoven statue and imagine a day when he would figure out how to get the two missing strings, or a day when he might visit a concert hall or play well enough to draw an audience.

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