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Manifestor_of_Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:51 AM
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Musicians: The fiddlers are back! Classical is back!
I felt so good watching Itzhak Perlman and Yo Yo Ma, and the pianist and clarinetist.

Never thought I'd see chamber music performed at an inauguration.

Bush has shut out all music with any subtlety at all -- no soul, no good rock, no classical, no R&B.

Finally, we have a wide range of music that is accepted.


Note: When I say "fiddlers" I mean classical violinists, violists, cellists and bassists.
It's easier for me to say "fiddlers" than "string players".

I've been a pianist since I was five, and a fiddler since I was ten years old. :D

And Aretha rocked!!

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snot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:57 AM
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1. Culture, taste, fun in general are back!
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 02:58 AM by snot
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timtom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:53 AM
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2. But, as an ancillary, don't disregard fiddlin' fiddlers
(nor mandolins nor Irish harps, to name a few)

These are my instruments.
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sweetpotato Donating Member (678 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:01 AM
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3. Mandolins - always nice
Have you ever been to one of the big Blue Grass music festivals? Suwanee Music Park in Florida holds some great shows - they last several days and everyone camps out. Fun stuff.
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timtom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:38 AM
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5. Yes. That very one.
But, not since 1996 (money's been short).
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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:46 AM
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13. I love the mandolin!
The F-style mandolin originated by Lloyd Loar is still one of the most visually beautiful instruments - like a work of art. And of course the sound of a mandolin is beautiful. (I play one too!)

:hi:

Bake
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:28 AM
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4. Piano, Garbiela Montero, Clarinet, Anthony McGill
THEIR names are also relevant,
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Le Taz Hot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:41 AM
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6. Wasn't that wonderful?
And Renee Flemming at the concert the day before. And how about that new piece by John Williams? I LOVED the "Simple Gifts" theme.
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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:53 AM
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7. Oboist for Obama here ..
I give the Garbiela Montero, Anthony McGill, Itzhak Perlman, Yo Yo Ma performance an A=440!

(I'm also a bass violinist)

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tilsammans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:58 AM
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8. Hear, hear!
Change has come to cultural appreciation, too!

:applause:
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:50 AM
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9. Kings and folks in power set a long tradition of inviting talented folks
for court celebrations.

Musicians. Dancers. Poets. And so forth.

I last felt this elevation with the Kennedy White House, a bit in Clinton's Renaissance gatherings, and certainly yesterday, we got a clear, strong signal.

Anytime you have an event that includes both Aretha Franklin and Yo Yo Ma, you're doin' it right.

Amazing stuff.
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Poiuyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:17 AM
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10. Yo Yo looked like he was having a fun time
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:40 AM
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12. that struck me as well. He was smiling broadly across to Perlman. Essentially, they were playing a
dance tune :)
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originalpckelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:39 AM
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11. It certainly was nice, wasn't it?
It was better than hearing some redneck screech out "Proud to Be an American".

:rofl:
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:31 AM
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14. While I completely agree with your sentiment, the Names You Can Name performance
seemed to me to be not that close to classical music. John Williams wrote a pedestrian piece of music not out of place at an NPR fundraiser, and the two classical musicians who "everyone" can name (and two who nobody knows) were asked to perform, which they did well enough. When given a crust instead of crumbs, we should still demand the loaf.
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:59 AM
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16. Are you a snob or just mean-spirited?
Enquiring minds want to know... :shrug:
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 12:07 PM
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17. What I am is a musician, and what I am not is a sycophant n/t
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:32 PM
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19. Well, TRA-LA-LA!
:rofl:
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DavidDvorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 12:43 PM
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18. True
With so much classical music to choose from, that was disappointing.
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JitterbugPerfume Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:37 AM
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15.  The Kennedy Whitehouse
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 11:42 AM by JitterbugPerfume
often featured classical music.Pablo Cassals (sp?) was featured a couple of times.Even Harry Truman played the piano in the Kennedy whitehouse if memory serves mw well


This was a very good omen. Yo Ma Ma and Itzhak Pearlman are wonderful artists.I hope we see more of them.
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:34 PM
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20. Who did Bush have?
I just remember Ricky Martin and ZZ Top
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