Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie breathlessly tells us that T 1812 Overature is out! Out! OUT! —
Cancel culture comes for a July Fourth staple that happens to be pro-Russian:
“With its earsplitting rounds of cannon fire and triumphal spirit, [PYOTR ILYICH] TCHAIKOVSKY’s “1812 Overture” has been a staple of Fourth of July festivities across the United States for decades, serving as a rousing prelude to glittering displays of fireworks.
“But this year many ensembles, concerned about the overture’s history as a celebration of the Russian military — Tchaikovsky wrote it to commemorate the rout of Napoleon’s army in Moscow in the winter of 1812 — are reconsidering the work because of the war in Ukraine.
“Some groups have decided to skip it, arguing that its bellicose themes would be offensive during wartime. Others, eager to show solidarity with Ukraine, have added renditions of the Ukrainian national anthem to their programs to counter the overture’s exaltation of czarist Russia. Still others are reworking it, in one case by adding calls for peace.” (NYT)
Gonna guess that Possum Hollar is going to go in heavy for this as a tribute to heartthrobs Hair Füror and Vlad. Expect stiffies from the gundamentalists when the cannons go boom.