Posted at 8:57 AM on February 8, 2011
by Ward Jacobson
I think there's probably been more than enough criticism of Christina Aguilera's rendition of the National Anthem at Sunday's Super Bowl. Perhaps we should move on, and look ahead to next year.
Super Bowl XLVI is in Indianapolis, February 5th, 2012. Nearby is the renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington. I would suggest the NFL go local and look no further than right there for their anthem performer(s).
I offer just a partial list of potential performers with ties to the Jacobs School at IU, either as a student, graduate, faculty member, or combination:
Joshua Bell, violinist
Sylvia McNair, soprano
Chris Botti, jazz trumpeter
Edgar Meyer, bassist
Jorja Fleezanis, violinist (former Minnesota Orchestra concertmaster!)
Andre Watts, pianist
Jaime Laredo, violinist/conductor
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
And believe me, that's only a partial list. Surely the NFL could come up with someone (or even better, a combination of people) from this group. C'mon NFL....go local next year!
In regards to the singing of the National Anthem,why do they have to have a soloist anyway? The very nature of a performer is that they want to make it "their own" rendition. I would prefer to have a marching band play the music and have everyone sing along. It is our NATIONAL Anthem after all. We should all be proud to sing it.