At the World Series, Cleveland won the music

At the World Series, Cleveland won the music


norman lebrecht

November 03, 2016

CLEVELAND – On November 2, 2016, members of the string section of The Cleveland Orchestra performed the National Anthem at Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.

(No-one asked the Chicago Symphony, apparently.)

The eight musicians included first violinists Takako Masame, Chul-In Park, and Jeanne Preucil Rose; principal second violinist Stephen Rose; second violinist Carolyn Gadiel Warner; cellist David Alan Harrell; and bassist Mark Atherton as well as violinist Stephen Warner, who retired from the orchestra earlier this year.


photo: Cleveland Orchestra/Getty press

Chicago, however, won the Series.


  • Todd Schoenberger says:

    Great article. I know there were several other articles about the National Anthem leading up to Game 7. Here’s a decent read:

    • V.Lind says:

      Decent? Speak for yourself, mate. Look at this:

      Last I checked, the First Amendment existed in 1908 and 1948 too, yet the country’s culture remained *in tack*.

      Can you possibly mean “intact”?

      Otherwise, the sentiments of the piece were pretty unremarkable, aside from the semi-veiled encouragement to vote for That Creature. Probably a pretty good call on the viewership.

      As for the anthem, was there any pre-recording involved? There was a very great deal of what sounded quite melodious choral accompaniment, yet the wide shot on the video appeared to show no, or few, lips actually moving. And that little string group generated a vast amount of sound for a place so acoustically challenged as that stadium.

      Oh, well — congrats, Cubbies. At long last!

    • Cameron Engel says:

      Kneeling at the national anthem doesn’t jeopardize the “in-tack-ness” (sic) of the culture. In fact, the Supreme Court ruling in 1943 makes no uncertainty of that. Amazing that people are still arguing about that.

      And you are misguided.

      Nobody is protesting the National Anthem. They are protesting DURING the National Anthem. Know the difference. I despair that jingoistic eleutheromaniacs will ever pay attention to legitimate and profound protests. How about working to fix the problem? Then nobody has to protest.

  • Jubal says:

    why were music stands necessary?

    • V.Lind says:

      1. They probably play it rarely, if ever, and would not have either had or allowed a lot of rehearsal time for the selected arrangement.

      2. These are baseball fans. Diehard ones: believe me, to secure Series tickets you have to have extremely sharp elbows and be on the right mailing lists. The music stands helped identify the role of those oddly-dressed people for them.

  • Eric says:

    You’ve missed the bigger picture here. The last two years, Kansas City had the local symphony AND Joyce DiDonato (KC native) perform. So, for three years in row, MLB worked to get classical music involved in the world series. typically, they reserve these anthem moments for a bonafide pop or country star. But, no, they went with classical music. And this tradition of having the fans sing along is the best decision overall.

    • Olga says:

      Well said Eric. I would like to add that Renee Fleming also sang the national anthem before the Super Bowl match between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford of N.J., two years ago. So, a touch of classical music is not rare nowadays at sport events.