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RPO meets with community to discuss conductor firing

Posted at: 01/10/2013 11:45 PM
Updated at: 01/10/2013 11:46 PM
By: Lynette Adams

Many Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra supporters and music fans were not happy when the board of directors decided to terminate the contract of conductor Arild Remmereit after only a year. Some supporters say they're withdrawing their donations and more than 1,200 supporters signed a petition asking the board to reinstate Remmereit.

Thursday night, Remmereit spoke out at a meeting for the first time since the firing. The meeting was organized by RPO supporters who are not happy with the decision of the board to cancel Remmereit's contract. Music fans, former board members and even musicians came to the meeting to express their support and also to discuss their plan of action.

The vote to end Remmereit's contract happened in November. At the meeting, the group said they are planning to come up with a new slate of board candidates. Board members are up for re-election January 23. They say they lack confidence in the board and will take their fight all the way to court if necessary.

The RPO says the majority of the board and donors agreed with the decision.

"The truth is the vast majority of the board members were in support of this decision," says Mark Berry. "A lot of donors and a lot of our members are in support of this."

Remmereit was signed to a four year contract when he first came to Rochester in 2011. News10NBC has also learned there is another member's meeting scheduled for January 23.