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Zander calls hiring choice ‘grave oversight’

Benjamin Zander, the world renowned conductor recently fired by the New England Conservatory, apologized yesterday for knowingly hiring a registered sex offender as a videographer for performances by the school’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and other activities.

In a statement posted on his website, Zander said he supported convicted sex offender Peter E. Benjamin before his 1994 sentencing and retained him on a part-time basis to videotape school events after his release from prison, without looking into details of the charges against him.

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