Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

January 19, 2003

Dunner should be allowed another year

Leslie Dunner, the current music director of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, has been creative, imaginative, inspirational and hard-working to further the Cultural Arts program in Annapolis. His concerts have received standing ovations, and the newspaper reviews have always been of a high positive caliber.

Not only has Mr. Dunner related well to his orchestra members, but also to the community and to the schools where he has encouraged many youngsters to try out different instruments helping them to develop an early interest and appreciation of the orchestra.

To be suddenly told in a very unprofessional manner that his services would no longer be needed at the end of this season because subscriptions had not increased was very devastating. Is that not the job of the public relations personnel or the advertising agents? To also state that it is desirable to see the orchestra move in a different direction without stating what kind of direction is also devastating and immature.

My husband and I, who are both retired educators, have been subscribers to the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra almost since its inception many years ago. We have seen a variety of music directors come and go. Upon Mr. Dunner's arrival, the community was quite thrilled to have him and was quite curious to see what this first African American had to offer. He was quite innovative and hard-working to make this orchestra one of the best. No negative comments have ever been expressed in all of the reviews and critiques of his concerts.

Since the others before him at least served six years, couldn't one more year be considered for him to lead his 70 or more musicians before his exit? We submit this to you with a heavy heart and hope for the future.

Electa and Henry Holland

Annapolis

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