Regarding James Panero’s “The Whiff of a New Blacklist” (Arts in Review, Feb. 12): Demands on venues to cancel concerts are indeed improper. But informing concert goers about an artist’s bad acts, so they can decide for themselves whether the bad acts merit a boycott, is useful.
There are good reasons for individuals to boycott Russian conductor Valery Gergiev. When he publicly threw his musical prestige behind Vladimir Putin ’s Ukraine policy, he made his music a political tool. A political tool is a fair target of political protests. Mr. Gergiev has actively promoted actions that brought many people grief, and he has expressed no regret. Decent people may reasonably refuse “communion” with him.