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Mischief (not very neighborly, Mr. Warner)

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The Kimmel Center’s Tom Warner put his foot in his mouth when he couldn’t pronounce Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov’s name in a Talk Back after the Kronos Quartet’s concert Saturday night (11/7) and didn’t bother to fix things. Why didn’t he just ask her? (If I heard correctly when I asked her earlier it’s: Vray baah loff). Sticking it deeper, Warner continued, “I don’t know what village you come from,…”

“I don’t come from a village don’t let my ethnic dress confuse you!” responded the elegant Vrebalov, who was born in the former Yugoslavia but has been in this country for some time, studying in the States (as well as Europe). She now teaches in New York. She wore a coat length red vest with ethnic embroidery over a grey A-line. Sophisticated apparel. Nothing rural about this gal. But the Kimmel exec sure acted like a sheep. Warner changed the subject immediately to a very old topic: the Kronos’ commission of Reich’s 1988 Different Trains.

Ok, who doesn’t screw up having to think fast on their feet? But the vice president for programming (he took over for Mervon Mehta) missed his chance for insight — not to mention courtesy in relating to Vrebalov’s 2007 Kronos commission. Her piece, which the audience in the Kimmel’s Perelman Theater responded with emotion, is titled: ” Hold me, neighbor, in this storm.”

Not very neighborly, Mr. Warner.


Written by Lesley Valdes

November 8, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Posted in Mischief

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  1. Why do we in The U.S. assume all wars happen in villages?

    Cities get bombed too.


    November 9, 2009 at 5:21 am

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