Boise philharmonic letter & response

From: Marcy Newman
Date: Mon, May 12, 2008 at 12:39 AM
Subject: shulamit ran in boise

Dear Mr. Franz:

I am writing to you after reading in the Idaho Statesman that you will be hosting composer Shulamit Ran this fall to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Israel. As a Jewish woman I find this deeply disturbing as Israel’s founding was predicated upon an extensive ethnic cleansing operation that included the massacre of hundreds of Palestinians, the destruction of 531 Palestinian villages, and the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians who became refugees as a result of this violent beginning of the state of Israel. As U.S. taxpayers we are already so implicated in the daily continuation of Israel’s policy of ethnic cleansing and apartheid. “Celebrating” this by asking an Israeli composer to come to Boise makes us even more complicit in this system of death and destruction on innocent civilians; for me as Jew celebrating such an event would be akin to having a celebration about the Holocaust. I find it reprehensible.

If you are interested in bringing in someone from Israel why not someone like Daniel Barenboim who runs the West-Eastern Divan that brings Palestinian and Israeli youth together in an orchestra? Why not bring someone who symbolizes breaking this cycle of death and destruction instead? His website discuses his work in greater depth. I encourage you to investigate this option further:

Yours truly,

Dr. Marcy Newman


from Anthony C. Boatman
to marcynewman[at]
date Mon, May 12, 2008 at 9:57 AM
subject Our November concert program

Dear Dr. Newman:

I am responding to your e-mail to Robert Franz and me. Thank you for your interest in the Boise Philharmonic Association. We value our patrons and carefully consider feedback from them. Such is certainly the case with your correspondence.

The Boise Philharmonic endeavors to present a varied and diverse season of programming every year. We regret that you take exception to our concert repertoire in November.

We do appreciate your taking time to share your views.

Sincerely yours,

Anthony C. Boatman

Executive Director

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