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Subject: 'The Mania For Inclusion'
From: David Shengold <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:David Shengold <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 7 Feb 2018 22:51:25 +0000

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Genevieve the Jackal cut and pasted:

"Music critic Alex Ross triggered outrage against the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra last week when he tweeted that they had programmed no female composers in their 2018-2019 seasons. Never mind that over most of music history, the greatest composers have been male. At a time of diminishing classical music audiences, it is reckless to wield identity politics against our most important and precious musical institution"

Yes, but it complicates McDonald's familiar lockstep reactionary agenda to point out that both of these orchestras program a lot of contemporary  music, and there are a lot of good female composers working today. That surely is the omission here, not berating the orchestras for not scheduling Cecile Chaminade instead of Beethoven.

As with Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter  -- one marvels that McDonald doesn't get sick of always being so proudly on the wrong side of *everything*...
But one has stopped marveling at your capacity to inflict undigested swathes of such nonsense on this list.
David Shengold

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