Obama's masterful music

Inquirer staff writer Peter Dobrin reports:

2 p.m.

Classical music had maybe its largest and most captive audience ever this afternoon when John Williams' Air and Simple Gifts debuted just before Barack Obama took the oath of the office.

An ensemble of clarinetist Anthony McGill, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Gabriela did the honors.

It was a relatively introspective choice for a moment that might have been relegated to bombast or boilerplate patriotism

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