"Keep politics out of music," he said. "The hecklers have no interest in music just in spoiling others’ enjoyment. They should take their protests elsewhere, leaving others to perform and others to enjoy the music-making." - a reader comment on this Limelight Magazine article about people protesting Valery Gergiev’s support of Vladimir Putin’s inhumane anti gay laws.
Keep politics out of music? Really?!? We’re artists and i think we should be at least entitled if not sometime obliged to work through current issues within our chosen expressive medium.
Mine is classical music, in this case choral, and I’m pretty frickin’ proud of actually saying something through my music. It doesn’t happen very often, but I intend to do it more often in the future.