November 30, 2012

A Statement from Jeff Tyzik

As many of you know, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra board of directors decided on Wednesday that 2012-13 will be Arild Remmereit’s final season as music director of the RPO.

We wanted to share comments from Jeff Tyzik, the RPO’s Principal Pops Conductor since 1994 and a Rochester Music Hall of Fame inductee:

"In my 20 years as a member of the artistic leadership of the RPO, I have been with this orchestra through many difficult times. Every organization undergoes changes, and I know that the RPO will weather its current difficulties to emerge as a more unified, stronger Rochester institution. I have complete confidence in our board leadership, staff, and musicians to deal effectively with our internal matters.

Here in Rochester, we are blessed with a great orchestra that has always played—and will continue to play—at the highest artistic level. The RPO has a bright future as a cherished part of our community, and I thank you for continuing to support us."

 

 

4 comments:

Michael Tomb said...

Dear RPO,

With all due respect to Jeff Tyzik, whom I revere as a national treasure all by himself, this RPO board owes it to its loyal subscribers to try harder to retain Maestro Remmereit. If we are truly a community of adults, the corporate style closing of ranks behind this unpopular decision is not an appropriate response to those of us who disagree with the board's actions. I implore you to bring in an entirely new team of community focused mediators to work out these difficulties. We are told that the reasons are not financial, so that leaves personal egos and communication difficulties as the major suspects. But if diversity of opinion without rancor is the goal in many a kindergarten sandbox, it can be also be achieved among those who direct the future of a vital community treasure - as is our RPO.

A world class Orchestra requires a world class effort to mediate this issue. The current acceptance of failure says only that this cannot be solved from within. Please rethink your approach and let others try again to help you resolve your differences. Your supporters not only admire you for the extra effort, but return the loyalty that you will be showing to the entire community.

Sincere and Best Regards,
Michael Tomb

Anonymous said...

MIchael, thank you for your comment. This is Mark Berry, communications VP for the RPO. As you may already know, the RPO sent a notice to patrons today that outlined the process through which the board reached its decision on Mr. Remmereit. I posted it on the blog, and you can read it here: http://goo.gl/Oo9FT

Martin Fass said...

Maybe the situation is, for now, hopeless. Here is Michael Tomb posting such a fine, important message, and all that comes back is a thank you and more of the same from an employee in what seems to be such a wrecked authoritarian organization. Maybe there is even no hope for it EVER, and soon we will be left with smiles and flattery, but no symphony. I have gone from being a shocked patron to an angry one. I guess the best thing for our wonderful Maestro to do is return to the world where the gossip says they will never hire him again. Ah, where are musicians who are not loaded with envy, eh?

Mark Berry said...

Martin, thank you for your comment. This is Mark Berry, communications VP for the RPO. As you may already know, the RPO sent a notice to patrons today that outlined the process through which the board reached its decision on Mr. Remmereit. I posted it on the blog, and you can read it here: http://goo.gl/Oo9FT