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Dear Patrick - There's little point in addressing the differences of opinion and perspective regarding my review of Tulsa Ballet, but I would like to address the inaccuracies and distortions in the assertions made here. I sent Marcello Angelini a tape of my choreography thirteen years ago, in 1996. As did your unnamed source, I also recall that we had a cordial conversation. In my recollection, Angelini mentioned that if Tulsa instituted a choreographic workshop, he might consider my work. For this reason I followed up periodically (probably by phone or letter) until about 1999. As I don't have many records this old any longer my dates may be off by a year or so. I believe I sent him press releases for my own concerts until the last one in 2003. I stopped choreographing in 2003 and haven't solicited choreographic work since before then. My editors are aware of my prior career - which ended more than half a decade before I took my current job. I make disclosures to them for any significant conflict of interest. I sent out hundreds of audition tapes in my career and it would have been impractical and unhealthy to consider rejection an insult. Though I obviously disagree with Angelini's repertory choices, as did several NY critics to some degree, there is no reason for me to single him out for any sort of revenge, nor did I do so. You may disagree, but my review of Tulsa Ballet should be taken at face value. Best regards, Leigh Witchel