But many artists will, as they always have, speak out about issues of the day. Violinist Nigel Kennedy, for instance, told a Proms audience in London last month after leading a Palestinian youth group in a jazzily pulsating version of “The Four Seasons” that the infectiously animated performance shows that “getting rid of apartheid gives a chance for amazing things to happen.” The BBC , not surprisingly, cut the speech from its Proms television broadcast. CHEAT SHEET: Fall arts preview A glance at the fall’s highlights, locally and beyond, demonstrates just how inescapable politics can be in the arts. Philip Glass’ “Einstein on the Beach” reminds us of the great physicist’s stance against nuclear weapons. Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem” is an unblinking antiwar statement. George Crumb’s “Black Angels” became an early ’70s string-quartet anthem of Vietnam War dissent. Mohammed Fairouz’s “Symphonic Prayers and Poems” is a symphony meant to stand for Jewish-Arab reconciliation. Frank Zappa’s “200 Motels” does its best to offend everyone. But the fall concert that will no doubt stand out as the most politically courageous is “To Russia With Love” in Berlin on Oct. 7. Organized by the great Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer, it features some of today’s classical music legends, including pianist Martha Argerich, pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim and composer Giya Kancheli. PHOTOS: Arts and culture pictures by The Times Kremer selected the date because it is the seventh anniversary of the slaying of the Russian journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya. Also citing oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Pussy Riot punk group and other journalists, human rights activists, lawyers and musicians, Kremer writes that over the last decade, “the death toll and list of dubiously convicted people in Russia have grown exponentially.” The violinist calls on musicians not to remain indifferent to other people’s suffering. “Compassion is the basis of all morality,” he asserts.
EDT September 13, 2013 Jessie J and DJ Cassidy will join him on tour. Robin Thicke performs at the MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia. (Photo: Lai Seng Sin, AP) SHARE 20 CONNECT 18 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Last night, Robin Thicke told his followers to keep an eye out for a big announcement. And this time, his news is music-related. He’ll be going on a U.S. tour and bringing pop star Jessie J and DJ Cassidy with him. Jessie J and Thicke recorded Calling All Hearts together, but so far, she says there are no plans to make the music video a la Blurred Lines. He’s also set to headline Virgin Mobile FreeFest on Sept. 21. Tour dates Feb. 21 Atlanta at Fox Theatre Feb. 25 Camden, N.J., at Susquehanna Bank Center Feb. 27 Washington, D.C., at GMU Patriot Center Mar.