(NEW YORK, NY)— The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) has been joined by prestigious national and international groups in protesting the cancellation of a performance by the New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) this weekend at Carnegie Hall.
The piece in question, "Marsh u Nebuttya" (or "March to Oblivion") by composer Jonas Tarm, includes brief references to well-known Nazi and Soviet themes. After an anonymous complaint about a February performance of the piece, NYYS abruptly canceled Tarm's Carnegie Hall debut.
In a letter sent today to the New York Youth Symphony's board of trustees and executive director, NCAC urges the organization to reverse its decision.
The letter is co-signed by several prominent organizations devoted to artistic freedom, including PEN American Center, Freemuse, Article 19 and Index on Censorship.
The full text of the letter appears below.
The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) is an alliance of 50 national non-profit organizations dedicated to defending freedom of thought, inquiry and expression.