And, really: not just merely contradicting a point, but completely contradicting the lede and topic sentence.
[Aside: What the hell is with the random hyperlinking in online newspaper articles? It seems to have neither rhyme nor reason.]
Symphony dives into season with a 'blockbuster splash'
That is, perhaps, the worst title ever. That title just got beat by the 2008 Detroit Lions.
Why qualify 'blockbuster' with 'splash'? 'Blockbuster' is already a stupid, overused word.
The answer: it comes from a quote used in the article. Well, fair enough, I guess; but that neither explains nor excuses the emendation of 'dives into' to match 'splash' in the headline.
Ha ha! It's like the orchestra concert season is a pool!
The Phoenix Symphony opens this season with Beethoven's monumental paean to universal brotherhood, his Ninth Symphony -
Wait, which one?
- also known as the "Choral Symphony,"
Um. Is that the one with...
...with the "Ode to Joy."
Oh, that Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Welp, I reckon if you're gonna start with a self-proclaimed blockbuster, that's one of your choices right there.
A habit? A practice? Tradition? 'The' big bang'? "A" big bang?
But, okay. We're clearly building up to something (unlike the Phoenix Symphony season, which is, apparently, carefully constructed to be one long denouement), so lay it on me.
Galway's a nice guy and all from what I hear, but his concerts are much, much better when he brings his flute.
Figure 3: A picture of Sir James Galway that is Fun to Look at, with Unidentified Friend (date unknown).
Last season also jumped immediately into the World Music Festival.
This...what? Is that supporting evidence for the 'blockbusters first' argument? Wagner + 'world music' = blockbuster opening? Mmkay...
"It's frankly that, in Arizona, it's tricky to start the season in September, when we don't have the whole core of our audience back from where they go in summer," Christie says.
What is "it"? If an orchestra programs a blockbuster splash extravaganza happening event and no one's there to hear it, does it make a sound [at the ticket office]?
"So we try to put some blockbuster splash at the beginning of the season. Beethoven's Ninth is a good way to do that."
Is it? Isn't that sort of like starting the 2009 summer movie season with "The Wizard of Oz"?
It helps that it's such a known quantity and won't require weeks of extra rehearsal for chorus and orchestra.
Known quantity! Kerpow! SPLASH! In your face!
It also underlines the thought that goes into programming a season, which doesn't happen at random.
I love love love this sentence.
The thought...that goes into programming a season...does not happen at random.
And Beethoven's Ninth underlines it.
And it's widely acknowledged that one of Christie's strengths is his programming.
"We're always keeping an eye on music not played recently, so we don't overdo it with the big warhorses,"Christie says.Wow.
Man, that's speeding even in rural Arizona: Blockbuster splash smash opening to not overdoing the 'big warhorses' in under nine paragraphs* flat
*Some of the paragraphs are very, very short, so judge accordingly.
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