Thursday, December 18, 2014

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 Click here for the full post. Click here for Philly.com's politics page.

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

Click here for the full post.


Click here for Philly.com's politics page.

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Thomas FitzgeraldThomas Fitzgerald joined The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2000, and has covered Harrisburg as well as city, state and national politics for the newspaper. He was a “boy on the bus” in the 2004 presidential campaign and during primary contests in 2000 and 1996.

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