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September 10, 2009

Cereal List parody site skewers Marin Alsop/Baltimore Symphony publicity shot

  

 The photo of Marin Alsop adorning the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 09-10 season brochure makes a statement, and prompts diverse reactions.   

 I've heard it said that it looks like the conductor is swinging a golf club.

 A much more vivid interpretation has now been provided by The Cereal List, the recently launched (and, IMHO, occasionally effortful) classical music parody site. Have a look.

Posted by Tim Smith at 12:37 PM | | Comments (2)
        

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I appreciate what this website is trying to do (lighten up the classical music scene, right?), but I guess I just don't find Cereal List all that funny. More intelligent and always funnier would be OperaChic, Parterre or even the arts marketing blog Life's a Pitch.

What's wrong with the photo? I don't get it.

Well, it does kind of look like poor Marin just got stabbed with a baton clear through the neck. Funny, isn't it? TIM

I hadn't noticed that the end of the baton _does_, in fact, appear to be jutting through the other side of Alsop's neck. (This requires a little suspension-of-disbelief, however, as we're accustomed to conductors flinging their wands all over the place.) Thanks to "Cereal List" for turning this into "The Happening." ;^)

Personally, I wasn't too fond of that particular photo in the first place; Maestra Alsop appears to be just a little _too_ intense and focused, as if something of a very personal nature is _really_ bothering her at the moment.

Whoever took this photo succeeded in getting one _very_ unflattering shot of her face, which -- thanks to makeup and lighting -- appears as if she had been either embalmed or turned into a diorama mannequin for the "London Dungeon."

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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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