The Well-Tempered Ear


  1. Gustavo Dudamel has no moral authority to act on behalf of Venezuelans. He and Jose Antonio Abreu have spent 17 years fawning over the leaders of the most cruel and oppressive government that Venezuela has had throughout its republican history. Previously, they were great Yeomen of previous governments. And if the current opposition came to power red beret to kneel before the new rulers would be removed. Through this farce called “The System” have gone around the world enjoying like kings, staying in 4 star hotels and eating caviar, all with the dollars they deny us the rest of Venezuelans. And who has benefited from that? Abreu and his group. They have used heavy items in dollars and euros to finance a powerful publicity machine that has allowed them to penetrate the most unexpected barriers. They have taken advantage of the ignorance that exists in Venezuela much of the public and leaders in academic music to be sold as the salvation of the country. On behalf of their cause, they have done away with much of the Venezuelan musical institutions that have not been folded to their requirements. And they have kept a complicit silence before the musical debacle of the country. What did they say when Chavez ended the Classic Channel Radio Nacional de Venezuela? That said nothing as he closed the Cultural Broadcasting Station Caracas? What they said nothing when the Chavez regime indiscriminately banned the import of disks? Nothing


    Comment by Lelia Delgado — January 6, 2017 @ 6:50 am

  2. Here is a photo of the new garb:

    In general I like the idea of all the musicians wearing similar outfits. Being the Vienna Philharmonic, though, I wonder if their motivation is to keep the audience from seeing that there are women in the orchestra.
    The VP was the last major orchestra to admit women (1997) and there are still only a token number of women (under 10%). The VP is also famous for excluding non-european looking musicians, and rejecting blind auditions.
    When I see the VP New Year’s concerts, it gives me the creeps to see that, in 2017, they are still a virtually all male, white orchestra.
    I am so glad we have blind auditions in Madison. Low and behold, with few exceptions (bass, percussion) the orchestra sections are half women.


    Comment by Janet M — December 31, 2016 @ 2:10 pm

  3. The image is cut off along the right hand side! Please correct. Thanks! Happy New Year and thanks for your column.

    Gene Dewey


    Comment by Gene Dewey — December 31, 2016 @ 11:54 am

  4. Ron, fyi. R



    Comment by Ronnie Hess — December 31, 2016 @ 9:21 am

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