When an aggressive management at the Rochester Philharmonic fired Arild Remmereit as music director early this year, half the players and a good part of the audience rose up in arms. They liked the Norwegian and, hey, Rochester’s not that kind of town.
Arild’s supporters fought back – vociferously, on Slipped Disc – and lost. Then along came the Rochester Chamber Orchestra and offered Arild the chance to succeed its retiring music director. He grabbed it with both hands.
Now, however, Arild has told the chamber orchestra that he won’t be taking the job next season after all, thank you very much. He’s been offered better gigs with Baltimore and Buffalo and his management reckons he’s better off as a travelling baton. That leaves the RCO with a gaping hole.
Ungrateful? You could say. Bad conduct? Definitely on the hotly-contested Slipped Disc shortlist.
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Remmereit leaves chamber orchestra post
Sept. 27, 2013
Conductor Arild Remmereit, who was to become music director of the Rochester Chamber Orchestra next season, has withdrawn from that commitment. He has also canceled his remaining appearance conducting the RCO this season, on October 27. The RCO’s longtime music director and founder, David Fetler, will lead that concert.
RCO board president Tom Paul said this afternoon that Remmereit asked to be relieved of his RCO commitments because future conducting engagements would make his work in Rochester impossible.
Remmereit will conduct the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on October 18, 19, and 20 and the Buffalo Philharmonic on November 2 and 3. And Paul said that Remmereit’s management firm wants to be able to secure other engagements for him in the US and in other parts of the world.
Remmereit was appointed to the RCO post in May after being terminated as music director with the Rochester Philharmonic late last year. He had the title of conductor with the RCO for the current season and had led the chamber orchestra in a well-received “Remembering Frederick Douglass” concert on September 19.
The RCO has begun a search for a new music director to succeed Fetler, who retires at the end of this season after 50 years.