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January 29, 2013

Annapolis Symphony responds to San Francisco Symphony's Ravens taunt

And you thought classical musicians were so sensitive, tolerant and mild-mannered. Not when it comes to the Super Bowl, apparently. Orchestras are being swept up in a frenzy of fan fever.

The San Francisco Symphony was just asking for trouble when it posted a photo on its Facebook page of percussionist Trey Wyatt percussionist about to inflict major damage on a defenseless Raven symbol with some mighty big cymbals.


So the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra responded quickly with ...

a photo showing its own threatening muscle. Music director José-Luis Novo (far right) and ASO musicians Natanel Draiblate, James Rester, Fatma Daglar and Don Spinelligot into the act,

In addition, the Marylanders have a song to go with the picture.

It's sung to the tune of "Carolina in the Morning" (Carolina doesn't have anything to do with the Super Bowl, but, hey, all's fair in love and football):

"Nothing would be finer than to crush the 49ers in New Orleans!"

All of this follows a somewhat less threatening Ravens-boosting message from Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director Marin Alsop, who recently unveiled her suggestion for a winning play.

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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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