"The entire plan was based upon the understanding that the discussion itself would take place without press involvement, so that there could be a fair and robust exchange of ideas without concern about how they might be reported," Chautauqua President Thomas Becker said in a letter this week to the preservation group.
"The corollary to this understanding, of course, was that no one would try to advance her
position in the press, at least not until we had the opportunity for a more private and constructive dialogue," said Becker
, who had agreed not to attend the first meeting so design experts could talk.
said in the same letter that he
sees "no reason at this time to meet with you, and I have asked our communications firm to discontinue its work in setting up that meeting."
originally planned to demolish or all but demolish the amphitheater this fall and replace it, Becker
announced in January that trustees would delay a decision on the open-air theater and lecture hall until August.
residents that the project "is too important to our core mission not to get it right.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Robert F. Kennedy and Sandra Day O'Connor and other distinguished guests have spoken at the amphitheater.