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To the editors:

I am writing to vent a little frustration concerning Harold Henderson's treatment both of the elderly and of classical music in the City File [August 13]. The elderly listen to more than just classical music, and classical music has a more diverse audience than just the elderly. I'm not sure how the caption and Carl Kock's illustration relate to the Angel Records compilation, but it seems that the connection was drawn from this stereotype, which is both negative and out-of-date. Let's not reinforce it, OK? I am only 21, but I listen to classical. My grandfather listens to Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash almost exclusively. See? The City File is among the first things I flip to in the Reader, and this little blurb was uncharacteristically and unfortunately ill-conceived.

Adam Robertson

Hyde Park

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