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RPO holds annual meeting, sheds light on termination of conductor's contract

Posted at: 01/23/2013 10:45 PM
Updated at: 01/23/2013 11:36 PM

We now know more about why the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra terminated the conductor's contract.

At the annual meeting of the RPO Wednesday night the board discussed its termination decision for the conductor Arild Remmereit.

Elizabeth Rice, the board chair, says the executive committee began discussing the working relationship of the conductor and CEO Charles Owens about a year ago.

She said both met with a subcommittee last February where the committee stressed the importance of working together.

According to Rice the board hired a third party to make recommendations.

In June, Rice says the board asked both men to come up with ways to work together and told Remmereit action would be taken if progress wasn't made.

After an assessment was taken, Rice says the results led to the board's decision to terminate Remmereit's contract and it still stands by it.

“We believe the manner at which the board has functioned is undemocratic and you've taken away our vote,” said one man who attended the meeting.

“We are running our meeting in a democratic way and the action of our board stands,” Rice said in response.

The board also elected eight members at Wednesday night's meeting it also discussed last year's financial results and what it hopes to accomplish in the new year.