The board of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is stumbling ever deeper into a pit of despair. Having informed the conductor, Arild Remmereit, that his services would not be required beyond the end of the season, they have now terminated his contract altogether – apparently for refusing to reply to their communications. They risk turning Rochester into a no-go town for good conductors.
Meanwhile, moves are afoot to vote out the board and reinstate the Norwegian. There is a campaign to unset the manager, Charles Owens (right). And the board are being sued by a disaffected supporter. It’s all getting very sticky.
Here’s the statement:
The Board of Directors of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has terminated, effective immediately, its contract with its Music Director, Arild Remmereit. The reason for the immediate termination is Mr. Remmereit’s failure to perform his contractual job responsibilities since late November. Originally, the termination of the music director’s contract was to take place at the close of the 2012-2013 season (August 31,2013).