Leon Botstein Address to the UN: Why Music Matters

I wish to thank the Secretary-General for his kind invitation. It is humbling for any private citizen to address this organization-the United Nations. This is particularly so for an American. We as a nation are the hosts of the UN, yet we have not always been its staunchest defenders or most vigorous admirers. One of the privileges of being an American is the right to dissent, particularly in these dark times; there are many of us who would like to see the day when the promise of the UN is realized with American cooperation and enthusiasm. Read full PDF