Letter of Support
Several of us have received a lot of letters from individuals who are rightly incensed by what the board has done. Here is one we would like to share.
My husband Arthur and I have been attending (and became subscribers to) the 2012-2013 Season after seeing Mr. Remmereit at his inaugural concert in September, 2011: we were thrilled! Because we’ve recently moved back to Rochester, we were impressed with the progressiveness of our professional
musicial community, the RPO. How fabulous that Arild was being inclusive, community-minded, innovative, etc. etc. AS WELL AS being the charismatic and outstanding world-class conductor that he has proven to us to be! (His Mahler was a one-of-a-kind experience!)
In any event, we did attend the meeting at the Library last month and hoped that there would be some way to have the Maestro re-instated. (However, after last night’s meeting, we are getting more and more disillusioned with the “dirty politics” that seems to be going on with the Board–we still love and appreciate our musicians, but the Board is out-of-touch with what the majority of the donor and subscriber communities desire and desperately want: WE WANT ARILD BACK AS OUR CONDUCTOR!)
We are writing this to you, even though we feel quite guilty about it, but nonetheless it was to show our exasperation with the “powers that be” at the RPO. We have called the Box Office for a full refund of the remaining concerts at Kodak Hall (including tonight’s, which would have featured Mozart, one of
Arild’s favorite composers), as well as the ones we ordered for our adult children at the Hochstein (for Sundays). My hubby talked to someone who said that “refunds are NOT given”, end of story. My husband pushed on and asked to speak to someone else who had the authority to make the opposite decision. He was then connected to a Brian Piazza and my husband mentioned that the ONLY reason we had gotten season tickets was because of the Maestro and if he’s not there, neither are we. We were then told that fine, we can pick up our refund(bring unused tickets) to the box office tomorrow and we will get our refund, but to “PLEASE DO NOT MENTION THIS TO ANYONE ELSE!” because it is NOT their policy. Huh???
So, with a slightly guilty conscience I write this to you to let you know that there is a way we can show our opposition and yes, I know that the musicians could possibly be hurt in the process, but then again, someone who didn’t deserve the treatment he got has been unnecessarily slandered and brought
down by people who are power-hungry and inflexible.
We cannot be there tonight or Saturday evening–we have family engagements–but PLEASE consider us “rabid” fans and admirers of Arild. We know you are also …
Thank you for everything you’re doing to try and keep him here with us—it is much appreciated.
Elena and Arthur Goldfeder (retired owner of the former Fabrics & Findings, Inc., now the Anderson Alley Artist’s Bldg. on Anderson and Goodman Street, across from the MAG)