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Letter: More types of music in the closing ceremonies

Published: Friday, Aug. 17 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

The Spice Girls perform during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Charlie Riedel, AP

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The London Summer Olympic Games obviously are deserving of great tribute in their spectacular display and tremendous athletic performances. But I take a major exception to that standard of so-called "music" so blatantly blasted out for three hours in the closing ceremonies.

Knowing this point of view is unpopular and archaic by many in this modern culture of rap and rock, I necessarily point out that there needed to be a fair and balanced programming which could include, for example, the London Philharmonic, a rendering form Great Britain's choice choral groups and certainly putting on stage the highly entertaining and quality group the King's Singers, an England exclusive,

Reflecting on the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002: The Utah Symphony Orchestra accompanied the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in thrilling the listeners with some great classical music, including the stirring Olympic theme song composed by John Williams.

Are we never to expect a sampling of cultural music and dancing in the future?

Vernie C. Swenson

Salt Lake City

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