Remmereit reflects

Posted at: 05/17/2013 4:52 PM
Updated at: 05/17/2013 5:52 PM
By: Janet Lomax

The maestro has a new job. Arild Remmereit speaks about about his new position with the Rochester Chamber Orchestra and about his abrupt departure from the RPO.

He garnered a large show of support when he was ousted as conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Now, Arild Remmereit has been named Artistic Director of the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, a group that's been performing for half a century.

Remmereit is able to accept this position because his contract with the RPO was terminated early. It cited a failure to perform contractual responsibilities and that angered a lot of his supporters who rallied behind the maestro.

Arild Remmereit says his momentum now is in Rochester. When he arrived here from Norway in September of 2011, he said then, how blessed he felt with a new job, a new home and a new infant son. He had researched Rochester's history and in honor of women like Susan B. Anthony planned to feature female composers in his concerts.  He was excited about the opportunities. But the RPO Board of Directors voted to sever the relationship.

News10NBC's Janet Lomax asked, “Has this experience soured you in any way on Rochester?”

Remmereit said, “Not at all, not at all. I think what I have been going through here has been challenging, definitely, but I think it has been for something good too.”

Lomax asked, “What has kept you going?”

Remmereit said, “Family, friends,  I have met some incredible people in Rochester.”

Some of those incredible people are with the Rochester Chamber Orchestra. They asked him to take the baton in February to conduct a special performance.It brought the crowds out. He calls the RCO a brilliant orchestra, one rooted in Rochester for 50 years. He is excited about the new position.

Remmereit said, “It's going to be a season celebrating their history but also looking into the future. I'm very excited.”

Remmereit praises the Rochester arts community and hopes to form collaborations in the future

Remmereit said, “I'm very excited about doing more education for children, children who really need us, that's where my ambition, my hope is.”

Remmereit keeps busy with guest conductor dates. Baltimore is coming up soon. And his first concert of the season with the Rochester Chamber Orchestra will be in October. He says he looks forward to working with music director David Fetler.