Things just go from bad to worse at the Rochester Philharmonic in upstate New York. The board fired music director Arild Remmereit after a prolonged standoff with the chief executive Charles Owens. The musicians have split passionately down the middle, their committee supporting the dismissal while prominent players oppose it. Supporters of the orchestra are likewise in two minds.
What unites them is a suspicion that matters have been conducted improperly by the board and its appointed CEO. The board secretary has now confirmed that opposition ballots were not counted in a bid to appoint new directors. Both sides are getting lawyered up. At least one lawsuit has been filed against the board.
The organisation is evidently tearing itself apart. Healing is unlikely to begin until a new chairman appoints a new CEO. If Rochester wants to keep its orchestra, the mayor may have to step in with a decisive intervention.
Anyone remember these happy days, not so many months ago?