How disappointing was it that Gustavo Dudamel and Youth Orchestra Los Angeles were relegated to accompanying Coldplay and singing along with
But this was a rock event. More than 99% of the viewers couldn't have had any idea who these kids were, since they weren't told. Nor was there any reason why they would be able to figure out why that guy in jeans somewhere on the stage (the ever-moving cameras didn't reveal quite where) was waving his hands.
There was no place, and there was never going to be any place, for the
Meanwhile, if Beethoven happened to be watching from somewhere, drinking a beer, he had reason to be happy as well. He made it all possible. It is his music, and the music of other classical composers, to which these amazing Los Angeles kids devote themselves every day. It was Beethoven, and Dudamel, who gave them the unbelievable chance to perform with Coldplay, Beyoncé and Mars for what must have been the single-largest audience any classical musician has ever faced in real time. The YOLA musicians will never forget this. They return home heroes.
On top of that, classical music did, in fact, get its few seconds of fame too. During the first quarter of the game, the commercial for Intel was built around Beethoven's Fifth Symphony as the musical symbol for innovation. The commercial for the game "Mobile Strike" with Arnold Schwarzenegger used the "Dies Irae" from Verdi's Requiem as the cleverly appropriate soundtrack for death and destruction.