The musical parts of the city of Rochester seem to be split down the middle over the firing of conductor Arild Remmereit. Thirteen of the musicians have published an affectionate letter to the departed conductor (below). His nemesis, Rochester Philharmonic chief executive Charles Owens, got into a Twitter slanging match yesterday with the city newspaper, the Democrat&Chronicle. Today, the D&C asks readers if Owens (right, below) should be fired. Feel free to vote here, one way or other.
An open message to Maestro Arild Remmereit:
We want you to know we share your hopes and vision of a new and exciting future for the RPO.
We are grateful to you for not only broadening our audiences’ concert experience by bringing other arts onstage, but also for your collaboration with us in expanding our repertoire with new and unfamiliar works.
Thank you for the energy and creative spirit you bring to music making, and for engendering a renewed enthusiasm in our audiences.
The following Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Musicians:
Liana Koteva Kirvan