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Subject: Re: Levine
From: Don <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Don <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 5 Dec 2017 12:51:25 -0700
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and so on and so on ad nauseum.  must we repeat the same astonishment about
this?  does everyone have to chip in with nothing new to say?  We get it.
It's a horrible thing on all sides.
dond

On Tue, Dec 5, 2017 at 11:02 AM, Kiwi <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I find all this so upsetting that I can't quite make sense out of it.
> Apparently, the decades-old rumors about Levine were widely known by
> management (who, indeed, may have even participated in covering up the open
> secret by providing pay-outs to victims), board members, musicians and
> audience members--and yet nothing was ever done until Levine was old and
> growing less reliable as a conductor--in short, until his sell-by date had
> passed.  Now Peter Gelb declares he is deeply disturbed by the latest
> reports (but only once they become reportable in the press, not before when
> he and the board members were quietly cleaning up mess after mess) and
> finds it a tragedy for anyone whose life has been affected.  And yet,
> management, board members, musicians and audiences at no time sanctioned
> Levine.  How about all those mothers and fathers who brought their kids to
> the Met or whose kids participated in Met productions or other venues where
> Levine worked?  Did anyone warn them about potential risks?  Did anyone
> mention that the health and wellbeing of their child might be at risk?
>
> All those audience members who sat through a Levine performance and who
> knew the 'rumor':  what sort of justification can be used?  That Levine
> wouldn't approach them directly because they were adults?  It didn't matter
> because no one in their family or in their social group were affected?
> It's just music and he couldn't harm anyone while waving around his baton?
> All those glowing praises bestowed on Levine by people WHO KNEW he was
> preying on kids and who didn't care because they put their aural pleasure
> first?
>
> OK, I get it:  we want what we want when we want it, and everything else
> be damned.  But we are talking kids here, and don't we all, at some point
> in our lives, need to take a deep breath and say enough is enough?  I'll
> give this one thing up, the thing I love, if it saves another?
>
> Or is that too idealistic?  Do we all just hold ourselves so entitled that
> we no longer care about those who can't protect themselves?
>
> And, please, I've had a couple of folks who compared the apple/Wagner to
> the orange/Levine.  One (as far as I know) was verbally anti-Semitic;  the
> other was physically assaulting boys.    I'm not sure I see a clear
> parallel but....I guess whatever floats your entitled boat works for you.
>
>
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