One of the classical music critics at the Washington Post made a comment on my Classical Music Agenda at DCist last week. It was about how concerts on the afternoon/evening of the Super Bowl are a hard sell. I'm certainly not going to any concerts today, but I imagine that someone will be reviewing at least one of today's concerts for the Post. It looks like Daniel Ginsberg drew the Post short straw for another undesirable event, the concert by Il Divo -- those American Idol hucksters of opera lite -- at Constitution Hall on Friday night, something to which I had not given any attention, for obvious reasons. If you have not done so already over your morning coffee, cast your eyes on Ginsberg's review (Il Divo: Simon Says Opera, but the Ear Says Awful, February 5) in today's paper. It is the most hard-hitting, straight-talking, pitiless take-down of a musical event that I have read in the Washington Post in a long time. Bravo, Daniel! I laughed each of the several times that I read it. Not that it or any other review will knock one dollar off their sales totals. Still, you should read it.
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