Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Following Vladimir Putin's Model, WETA/WGMS-FM Promotes Managed Democracy: Substitutes Frederick The Great Of Prussia And Mehul For Mahler

Realizing that it made a mistake in placing Mahler's Symphonies #1 and 5 on the official WETA/WGMS listeners' choice ballot, the station apparatus has decided to annul the listener voting results and impose "managed decision-making": they have decided that listeners did not really vote for, nor want to hear, Mahler's Symphonies #1 and 5, but rather Frederick the Great of Prussia's Flute Concerto in C Major and Etienne-Nicolas Mehul's Symphony #2. Thus, tonight WETA/WGMS listeners will again be treated to Sharon Percy Rockefeller's, Dan De Vany's, and Jim Allison's favorites:

9:00pm: Flute Concerto C Major
Frederick the Great of Prussia
Patrick Gallois (flute)
CPE Bach Chamber Orchestra
Peter Schreier (conductor)
[DG 439.895]

10:14pm: Symphony #2
Etienne-Nicolas Mehul
Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra
Michel Swierczewski (conductor)
[Nimbus 5184/85]

Please write to Sharon Percy Rockefeller and demand a transparent and living classical music culture for Greater Washington:

Sharon Percy Rockefeller
President and CEO
2775 South Quincy St.
Arlington, VA 22206
tel 703.998.2600
fax 703.998.3401

Anti-Semitism in and on the air?

WETA/WGMS-FM promotes its favorite composer Frederick the Great of Prussia (above), while censoring the Viennese-Jewish composer Gustav Mahler (below).

Photo credits: Wikimedia Commons. With thanks.


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