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October 7, 2008

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,

Henry Wong"

Posted by Tim Smith at 2:20 PM | | Comments (2)


McCain-Palin tactics and temperament.

Dear concerned citizens of America and Mass Media of the U.S.A.
As a concerned registered independent voter, forensic psychiatrist, disabled American I made my decision to vote after taking into consideration following joint tickets attributes and characteristics.

1. Has the ticket shown adequate calmness, coolness, and connectedness's under pressure to lead our nation [Presidential Temperament]?
2. Has the ticket shown sustained sound "Judgment and Caliber"?
3. Has the ticket shown adequate understanding of depth and degree to address the crucial challenges in their their purpose, policies, and positions [ Honesty, integrity and sincerity]?
4. Has the ticket sufficient "understanding and knowledge" of inside Washington workings [Experience]"?
5. Has the ticket reservoir resilience, wisdom, and vigor to address the present and future f our beloved "Great-grand Nation"?
6. Has the ticket enough joint foreign policy experience and exposure based on " Values, Virtues, Vastness, and " [American moral soul]"?
7. Has their campaign talk, slogans, ads, plans, and programs based on facts and are they free of fear, fiction, frivolous labels, unfair attacks, negativity, and impulsively? [No "imminent danger to national
security and safety"].
8. Has the ticket genuinely kept on message of country first and politics last and avoided copying [Message change"]?
9.Has the ticket message stayed away from Culture divide and war[ Disaster prevention ]?
10. Has the ticket resisted being surrounded, supported and surrogate's by divisiveness, distortion's, and destructive characters, [ Real patriotism VS shiftiness and shameless parrot-ism]?
11. Has the ticket thoughtful, real non-partisan, & non-impulsive plans to address our current economic crisis or political tactics and temperamental statements.
I have personally and professionally concluded that OBAMA-BIDEN ticket will lift and inspire our greatgrand nation back to its greatness within and restore our global standing with the use of maximum, firm
international diplomacy and minimal force if and when indicated {" Peace thru Strenght "}.
12. The era of responsibility has to replace irresponsibility and unaccountability will change to accountability and transparency. The Wall Street greed will change to Main Street need.
13. Temperamental and Angry McCain is out to play and create a card mistrust and distress around Obama with the Vail of claim that he will bring bipartisanship in Washington DC. He is destroying him claim every by painting Obama naive. It is tragic, sad, and unfortunate that so called Maverick McCain has already generated a disdain and demeaning face off in the debates and bailout suggestion. Obama is real Presidential and he maintained a smile during the debate and while McCain had a constant grin and disdain towards Obama.
Yours sincerely,
COL. A.M.Khajawall [Ret] MD.
Forensic psychiatrist, Disabled American Veteran and Iraq
Freedom team. Grass roots California leader per Senator McCain's
PS: It is sad and unfortunate that Hon, Temperamental and angry Maverick McCain has changed into bitter rather than better man.

Thank goodness, Doctor, that you have retired.

We all share your disappointment at the result of the 2008 election and the failure of the administration to live up to the statements that led you to your conclusions.

A different election result may not have resulted in anything other than a smaller deficit in our future.

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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