THE GULF WAR: The Home Front : Musical Protest
Seventeen members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will not take their seats until the playing of the national anthem is done. Kirk Trevor, conductor of the 100-member orchestra, said the protest was not against the Gulf War but AGAINST THE KIND OF ZEALOUS PATRIOTISM that some believe leads to war. In past years, the season’s first symphony performance has begun with the national anthem. But this year, the anthem will open every performance.