It’s been a pretty depressing week, what with the government shutdown and the resignation of Osmo Vänskä from the Minnesota Orchestra. I have to admit that I haven’t exactly been a ticket-buying supporter of the orchestra. I think the last time I went to actually see a live orchestra concert I was in college. It’s not that I don’t like classical music—I actually can’t explain my lack of enthusiasm, other than there were other things that interested me more. Still, I think it’s a shame that such a revered institution is in such dire straits.
A rehearsal of Our Town. Photo courtesy Nightpath Theatre Company.
Last spring, I wrote about how I thought plays could be more like rock shows, and ever since, it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot. Every time I go to see a piece of theater, I gauge the performance in terms of how it compares to the excitement and social experience of seeing live music, which I still believe is a direction that many theaters need to at least consider to attract younger audiences.
The Republican Congress is at it again. Not only are they pushing us toward government shutdown, but also, according to recent reports, they are essentially killing any hope we had of immigration reform—however imperfect the “Gang of 7” plan is. Once again, the United States forgets its history as a nation of immigrants and turns its back on those who by no choice of their own were brought to the United States by their parents.
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