Political fundraiser makes waves at An die Musik
Touchy, touchy. No sooner did An die Musik announce that an Obama fundraising concert would be held in its upstairs concert room than owner Henry Wong started getting complaints. Seems that classical folks are just as keyed up about the election as everyone else.
The Oct. 11 concert of works by John Adams, Arvo Part and others is being presented by the Evolution Contemporary Music Series, which has had a presence at An die Musik for the past few seasons. Last week, Wong sent out an e-mail announcement of the event, treating it as any other concert at his establishment. Today, he sent another message to his patrons in an effort to calm the waters. Here are excerpts:
"I have received many replies, both for and against this event ...
An die Musik deeply appreciates the support given by our customers over the 18 years we've been in business, from our Towson store to our current location at 409 North Charles St. Over four and a half years ago, we began our music series in our second floor concert hall ...
Many of these concerts featured local musicians, both classical and jazz. Their unconditional support and belief in our mission to serve our community has brought many well-attended and sold-out events. So, when a few local musicians/friends approached me about using our concert hall for their cause, I did not object to their request. I wanted to give something back to friends who have support us all these years.
I realize that this a touchy topic, and An die Musik has always remained impartial in order to focus on serving classical and jazz music to all of our community. Hence, I want to let our friends, members and subscribers to our weekly announcements know that we are happy to make our concert hall available for anyone who wishes to organize a classical or jazz fund-raising concert for Senator McCain.
Thank you for allowing me to understand your concerns and for accepting my explanation on this subject. I hope that we at An die Musik can still -- and always -- count on your support of our mission.
Very truly yours,