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January 10, 1988

That self-confessedly "most noble, most misunderstood humanitarian, critic, lutanist, poet," etc., Sixtus Beckmesser, has made his annual complaint about "celebrations of mediocrity" at the Hollywood Bowl ("The Beckmesser Awards of 1987," by Martin Bernheimer, Dec. 27).

Obviously, his definition of mediocrity encompasses the following artists, who were among whose who graced the Bowl stage last summer: Emanuel Ax, Alfred Brendel, Leonard Bernstein, Yefim Bronfman, Alicia de Larrocha, Edo de Waart, Charles Dutoit, Richard Goode, Lynn Harrell, Stephen Hough, Christa Ludwig, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Itzhak Perlman, Andre Previn, Florence Quivar, Peter Roesel, Leonard Slatkin, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Krystian Zimerman.

The list of mediocrities is, of course, much longer, but for reasons of space, the aforementioned will have to do.

ERNEST FLEISCHMANN

Executive Director

Los Angeles Philharmonic Assn.

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