Who is oiling the wheels of classical music?
Dow Chemical's sponsorship of the 2012 London Olympics has attracted attention due to the company's links to the 1984 Bhopal disaster in India. But a "premier partner" of the London 2012 Festival, which includes performances of Philip Glass' Einstein on the Beach , Jonathan Harvey's new choral work Weltethos, concerts by Gustavo Dudamel and by the new Aldeburgh World Orchestra, as well as the world premiere of Stockhausen's Mittwoch aus Licht, has attracted less attention. As the header graphic shows, the pole position sponsor of the London 2012 Festival is global oil and gas company BP, the company responsible for the environmentally disastrous 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. No suggestion of boycotts or demonstrations. Just a suggestion that people should be aware of who is oiling the wheels of classical music.
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