A Response to the Latest enotes Email
Although not entirely unexpected in view of how Mr Owens and Ms Rice have skewered Maestro Remmereit, I think it’s a total disgrace that he isn’t going to conduct the Mozart concert. It would have been very eye opening to see the audience reaction. Are you afraid of that? I’m sorry if this email sounds hostile, but I along with so many others find the actions of the Board to be completely reprehensible. What they are telling us is not to be believed. It makes so little sense and it hasn’t taken into account one tiny bit, the fact that the audience, the patrons and the contributors are so not on board with this unfortunate decision. It was quite telling when Mr Owens was booed from the audience when he made a rather gratuitous appearance a few weeks ago. In over 4 decades, I have never heard anyone booed on that stage. But this was so totally deserved. I and others sitting around me were convinced that if had not been for the sensitive events of the Connecticut tragedy, Owens would have been booed off that stage as well. Is that the legacy you wish this Board to leave with this community? Are you reading the comments from a large spectrum of people who just can’t fathom what in the world you are doing?
Honestly this farce has tainted the season and all the damage control you are trying to do is not going to change people’s minds. If the Maestro must go, then it is vital for the welfare of this wonderful orchestra that Mr Owens and Ms Rice be summarily removed from the Board, so the stench of this mess can be cleaned up and we can start over.
This is shameful. I am disappointed beyond belief at how this has played out. I hate that the musicians have been thrown into the middle of this because we love the musicians. But you must know, the audience you are charged to support and nurture is not in concert with you. (no pun intended) I would respectfully ask you to reconsider your position for the greater good, but apparently Owens and Rice are more important than the audience they serve.
Your email today made me sick to my stomach. I really don’t care if you got Wolfgang himself to conduct. This was Mr Remmereit’s concert and you have stolen it from him and from us. What a terrible path this season has taken. If crowds are good for this concert, please don’t delude yourself into thinking that it is anything other than the fact that we love our orchestra. They don’t deserve to be the victims. And we, their supporters don’t appreciate you.