Postcard from SALT LAKE CITY

Winter Olympics

Salt Lake City 2002

February 12, 2002|By Candus Thomson

The hills are alive with the sound of music.

During any five-minute period at the Winter Games, you're likely to hear Beethoven, Strauss, Wagner, maybe even a little Jobim bossa nova.

At the metal detectors, the hot dog stands, the bathrooms, cell-phone ringers are definitely upscale, perhaps because of the European influence.

An informal poll shows that foreign spectators and journalists tend to favor composers from their home countries, while Americans seems to stick to the utilitarian beeps, buzzes and chirps.

Sure, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" sounds good now, but will it still sound like an ode to joy two weeks from now?

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