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Fletcher needs to stay

Dear Editor:David Zinman’s departure is a positive step for the Aspen Music Festival & School. As a former staff member, I can tell you that Alan Fletcher is a very supportive director who cares deeply about the organization, its mission and its people.Zinman, while a great musician, never even took the time to know the names of the Aspen people who worked year-round to make his summers seamless. And he was quoted in the paper as saying the staff was “dispensable.” The staff is composed of Aspen locals, some of whom have worked at the AMFS for more than 20 years. Their combined knowledge and experience is the most valuable asset the festival has. I was shocked when I read that statement from Zinman, and disheartened to not see more public support for the Aspen staff – they are our neighbors, our friends, our family. Reading David Zinman’s opinion about the staff in the paper was proof to me that he is only causing turmoil in the organization and it is time for him to leave. Aspen should be outraged at David Zinman for his comments about the locals and for his abrupt preseason exit. The way he is departing the festival is unprofessional and will put a large burden on the “dispensable” staff – not only on Alan. The music festival staff has lived through so much upheaval in the last 10 years. It would be a huge loss to Aspen and damaging to the festival if Alan Fletcher left the AMFS right now. Whether you like him or not, Alan has earned the respect of the staff and is running a very good operation. He deserves to stay at the festival.Heather GibsonOrlando, Fla.


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