Wretched news from the Rochester Philharmonic, where the local newspaper reports all kind of shenanigans, none of them comic.
The orchestra ran smoothly for eight decades on the benefice of the photography magnate George Eastman and, until rceently, under the beign conductorship of the British musician, Christopher Seaman. But a change of guard has yielded nothing but grief. Chief executive Charles Owens and Norwegian music director Arild Remmereit are no longer on speaking terms. The board had to call in a Manhattan labour relations mediator to effect communication between them.
A leading donor has withdrawn a pledge of a million bucks.
The deficit has crept up to $700,000.
Kodak is no longer a force in the land.
It all sounds dreadful. Stuart Low on the local newspaper has done a terrific job, over a considerable time, investigating the story. Read his report here.
Arild Remmereit, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s music director, and CEO Charles Owens acknowledge the crowd at a press conference in 2010 announcing Remmereit’s appointment. / ANNETTE LEIN / file photo/Democrat and Chronicle