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Boston’s Zander scandal: the long firing line at NEC

Information has emerged about a house-clearing policy put in place by NEC president Tony Woodcock, before he fired popular conductor Benjamin Zander in dubious circumstances. First, Woodcock got rid of two Zander protégés: YPO assistant conductor and clarinetist Jonathan Cohler, and the well liked young Irish conductor John Page, who was NEC’s resident conductor. Also [...]
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