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Another open letter, this one from Ned Corman.

January 6, 2013
The ongoing RPO saga is sad on several levels. Perhaps those hurt most are RPO musicians. Many don’t understand making beautiful music is fragile. Saying that, most, and probably all, RPO players cast away management issues when they hit the stage and take up their bows and mallets. That’s what musicians do. Musicians’ lives, through no fault of their own, don’t deserve to be cast into the current uncertainty. None has commented that musicians precipitated the saga. Origination lies elsewhere.
I don’t know what I don’t know about the current RPO imbroglio. I do know the band, over all, has played better this and last season than recent years, with mostly the same musicians under contract. Whether the group plays comparably to Zinman or Leinsdorf-led Rochester ensembles is judgement better left to musicologists. I’m content to comment; ’11 – ’12 and ’12 – ’13 RPO seasons have benefitted by MO Remmereit’s baton (and fine tails and more). Evidence to justify board’s decision to terminate MO’s contract, despite innuendo, has been inaudible to these ears. I remain hopeful attorney Glenn Pezzulo’s optimism is spot on; “No matter how hard a door is slammed, it can be reopened.”
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