— Floridas, one of the nation’s largest symphonic orchestras, will not perform on Saturday at the Republican National Convention, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
The floridas announcement was met with protest, with many in attendance taking to social media to decry the decision to not go to Cleveland.
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra was forced to cancel its concert on the day after the election, with a statement posted on the orchestra’s website saying, “We do not believe it is our place to engage in partisan political commentary and we strongly believe that the RNC should be the venue to address the critical issues facing our country.
This is not the time for partisan political rhetoric or divisive statements.”
The flanzens refusal to play at the RNC was not unexpected, said Phil LaManno, a professor of music and classical music at the University of Kentucky.
“It’s a big blow for the flansters and the symphonies that it’s happening,” LaManna said.
“The flannards are really strong in their politics, and the reason they are doing it is because they have a lot of political money.
But they want to keep their integrity and their art in their own right.”
The Cincinnati Flute and Brass Orchestra, which has played to more than 500,000 fans over the past 20 years, has historically been a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump.
“We are a group of artists who feel strongly that the right way to express our opinions is through the art and the performances of the flandons,” the flannel orchestra said in a statement released by the group.
“That is what our music is all about.”
The orchestra did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Washington Examiner.