Monday, November 19, 2007

Remember, Tonight's The Night That Sir Simon Rattle Leads Gyorgy Kurtag's "Gravestone On Which The Entire History Of European Music Is Written"

Remember, tonight, in Boston, the Berlin Philharmonic performs Gyorgy Kurtag's "Stele", a work that Sir Simon decribes as a "gravestone on which the entire history of European music is written."

Cultural historian and music critic Alex Ross has progressively provided, at his blog, a link to a sample of Claudio Abbado conducting the Berlin Philharmonic in this significant contemporary classical work [a work banned on WETA/WGMS-FM, in the Nation's Capital.]

Washington's WETA/WGMS-FM, in its new reactionary, Top-150, CD-based format, will not now be offering a delayed broadcast of this culturally important performance, as it should be doing. [Other American cultural capital cities will be receiving the delayed broadcast on SymphonyCast, from American Public Media; once on WETA-FM.]

But, there is a glimmer of hope: the Library of Congress has insisted, as a condition of their collaboration, that WETA/WGMS-FM broadcast, tonight, their recording they made of the Mandelring String Quartet performing Gyorgy Ligeti's String Quartet #2.

Please write to WETA President Sharon Percy Rockefeller asking that WETA, in the Nation's Capital, embrace a living classical music culture. [Please copy your letter to the Clintons, Obama, Edwards, Dodd, Richardson, Biden, and the other leaders of America's progressive party]:

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

An aerial view of Berlin's Holocaust Memorial [Denkmal fur die ermordeten Juden Europas]

"The size of two football fields, much of the memorial has been erected over surviving underground tunnels used by Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi's infamous propaganda chief."

Photo credit: (c) Jockel Finck and Associated Press via the Guardian. 2005. All rights reserved.


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