Things have just gone from bad to farce at the Rochester Philharmonic, an upstate New York orch that flourished for many years under the conductorship of Christopher Seaman, a British musician. When he retired the season before last, his successor was a Norwegian, Arild Remmereit, a man of strong opinions and little flexibility. Before long, he and chief executive Charles Owes were no longer on speaking terms.
The board, for want of decisive action, sent them both to mediation and relationship counselling (Arild’s the one on the left of applauding Charles).
That appears to have failed. Arild has now been told his contract will end next summer, two years early. He has got himself a lawyer and is fighting the decision. One of his supporters has withdrawn a million-dollar bequest and a Carnegie Hall date. The town is in uproar. Read all about it.