of Donald Rumsfeld begins Weapons
of Mass Distraction tour
Two CD release
concerts will kick off the soon-to-be-global tour for
the album, The Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld and
Other Fresh American Art Songs. The tour, appropriately
entitled Weapons of Mass Distraction,
will feature artists Elender Wall, soprano, and Bryant
Kong, piano, performing the new and rare works found
on the CD.
Francisco CD release concert will take place
Sat., Mar. 13, at 8:00 pm, at Noe Valley
Ministry, 1021 Sanchez Street, San Francisco.
Angeles CD release concert will be held Sun.,
Mar. 28, at 2:30 pm, at Edgemar Center for
the Arts, 2437 Main Street, Santa Monica.
For more details or advance reservations,
go to the concert information
album features words of Donald Rumsfeld set to music
Feb. 26, 2004
The Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld
is a disarmingly funny set of songs that use for their
lyrics the exact words of the U.S. Secretary of Defense.
Written by San Francisco composer Bryant Kong,
the songs are based on direct quotes from Rumsfeld’s
Pentagon briefings and other public statements. These
texts were arranged into poems by columnist Hart Seely
and published in a popular Simon & Schuster book
The album, The Poetry
of Donald Rumsfeld and Other Fresh American Art Songs,
features classically trained artists Elender
Wall, soprano, and Kong, on piano, in their
recording debut. The CD is being released February 26
by Stuffed Penguin Music, a new record
label devoted to innovative classical music. CD
release concerts will take place on March 13
in San Francisco and March 28 in Los Angeles.