Donna Perlmutter's admirably restrained report of the Byzantine politics of culture-vultures in forcing the retirement of Roger Wagner deserves praise--and comment ("Wagner's Era Ends With a Whimper," Nov. 17).
The Los Angeles Master Chorale is the one world-recognized, top-flight contribution to music to come out of Los Angeles, now or ever. It is the creation of Roger Wagner.
It may well be time for his retirement--now, or sooner, or later--but that is irrelevant to the manner of it, which is simply obscene. I have worked under, over and with Roger at various times in the past 35 years, as well as "against" him in union negotiations, and I envy neither his opponents nor Roger their mutual relationships.
But that personalities involved are often less than mutually ingratiating is no novelty in the arts, nor even in the hallowed halls of boards, where, unfortunately, artistic decisions are made not necessarily on behalf of art nor even human decency, but in the name of reflected power and glory by eminently forgettable non-artists.