Corea cancellation stirs flap

Agent Ted Kurland Monday accused a local German government office of canceling a concert booking for keyboardist/composer Chick Corea because of the performer’s affiliation with the Church of Scientology.

Kurland faxed a protest letter to the media and supported his contentions with a letter he received from a German promoter.

That letter stated that Corea would be denied a concert booking in conjunction with the World Championships in Athletics, but did not specify why Corea’s affiliation with Scientology would affect the booking. Kurland was not available for further comment.

The letter to Kurland, apparently signed by a representative of the Wikom Marketing and Communications production company in Stuttgart, states that the government of the county of Baden-Wuerttemberg “is convinced that the Scientology is not religious community but a sect with mainly commercial goals. As such, the Scientology sect is considered to be clearly distinct from a religious group nature.”

“This action is not acceptable to me,” said Kurland’s statement. “If today, the public officials feel they don’t want Chick Corea to perform at the World Championships in Stuttgart, maybe tomorrow they will decide that a Jew or a black or a gay musician should not perform at a government-sponsored event either.”

Kurland asked concerned parties to contact the local government office to protest their decision.

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