At his first inauguration, Barack Obama had Itzhak Perlman, Yo Yo Ma, Gabriela Montero and Anthony McGill playing a John Willams variation on the Shaker hymn, Simple Gifts.
The four players represented distinct communities of the American melting pot and the integrative symbolism of old worlds and new was missed by no-one. I reviewed it live on the day for Bloomberg.
This time around, not a single classical musician has been invited to perform at the inauguration. Read the cast list for yourselves. Aside from a contemplative choral piece at the church service, the show is pure showbiz.
Why is that?
UPDATE: We have been informed that the Eastman String Quartet will play background music during the lobster lunch. Grrr…