And you thought classical musicians were so sensitive, tolerant and mild-mannered. Not when it comes to the Super Bowl, apparently. Orchestras are being swept up in a frenzy of fan fever.
The San Francisco Symphony was just asking for trouble when it posted a photo on its Facebook page of percussionist Trey Wyatt percussionist about to inflict major damage on a defenseless Raven symbol with some mighty big cymbals.
So the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra responded quickly with ...
a photo showing its own threatening muscle. Music director José-Luis Novo (far right) and ASO musicians Natanel Draiblate, James Rester, Fatma Daglar and Don Spinelligot into the act,
In addition, the Marylanders have a song to go with the picture.
It's sung to the tune of "Carolina in the Morning" (Carolina doesn't have anything to do with the Super Bowl, but, hey, all's fair in love and football):
"Nothing would be finer than to crush the 49ers in New Orleans!"
All of this follows a somewhat less threatening Ravens-boosting message from Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director Marin Alsop, who recently unveiled her suggestion for a winning play.