In memory of the fallen heroes of Kellyanne Conway's febrile imagination, I have composed a Threnody to the Victims of Bowling Green, for six independent orchestral groups. Above is the first section, Exordium Lamentationis. The second section, Consummatum Non Est, is as yet unfinished. Scores and parts are available for rental from various publishers, although my name may not necessarily appear on them.
One mark of the dishonor that has fallen on this country in the wake of Donald Trump's morally repugnant, profoundly un-American actions as President is that the brilliant Syrian-born clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh does not know whether he will be able to return to his Brooklyn home. I wrote about him in 2013, when he appeared in conjunction with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.
"Are we really here? Is all this happening? Don't be surprised. What we're seeing now is frankly everything we should have expected. If there's one thing we can say in Donald Trump's favor, there was no bait and switch. They told us they would do all of this and more. Not everyone believed them. But everyone had fair warning. And here we are." — Josh Marshall