The first response has come in from those directly affected by the sacking of Benjamin Zander from the New England Conservatory and its Youth Philharmonic Orchestra – supposedly over his engagement of a videographer with a sex crime in his distant past.
The students have weighed the evidence and found it wanting. None of them was exposed to risk of sex abuse. They admired Zander and want him back. The NEC’s president Tony Woodcock refuses to come out from behind the skirts of a crisis management PR firm to answer legitimate questions. The next step may be for his board to step in. This injustice will not go away.
Here‘s the student article.
And here’s Ben worrying aloud about his students.
photo: Ben Rabin with conductor Benjamin Zander, Rabin’s mother and father. Zander was suddenly dismissed from his post at NEC on Thursday after over forty years of service. (Courtesy: Gwen Krosnick)