"EH" - You are quite right, it is Buttercup in Pinafore. Guess that's what happens if I post when I am tired. But the quote still applies.
Wade, partly the latter, and partly that the claims made about Maestro Remmereit's behavior were all too often twisted half truths. A casual conversation about post partum weight loss (his wife had recently given birth) was later reinterpreted as a demand that a staffer 'lose weight.' Stuff like that.
Ms. Matchett, 'Snarky' does describe your remark to Dr. Curtis, an internationally known expert in the field of serious music written by women. I don't doubt your experience at the RPO, and I am truly glad that you were treated well, and that people were on their 'good behavior' during your tenure. I wish that was not the exception to the rule, but from my experience and observation, and that of many I know that left, it was. Good luck to you in future endeavors. Just remember what the maid of all works sings in Pirates of Penzance: "Things are seldom what they seem, skim milk masquerades as cream,,,"
This has nothing to do with ego. The day before the Maestro was 'terminated," he filed a breach of contract with the RPO for creating a "hostile environment." They have a certain time period in which to respond, explaining how they will change this. They have not responded yet. When a claim like this is made, an employee does not go back to the workplace until there is evidence that the situation has been rectified. No change in the workplace , one is not supposed to be there.
Ms. Matchett, you worked at the RPO when, and for how long?
Over 30 RPO staffers have come and gone since this CEO was hired in late 2007. This was before anyone had even heard of Maestro Remmereit. Laid off, pushed out, fired, a workplace made so uncomfortable in that dirty, depressing space that people sought any escape - early retirement, moving away. I was there, and so were many friends, so this is first-hand and hard won knowledge. Some people were made to sign papers so they wouldn't tell what happened. Others filled out exit reviews that show their total disappointment, and disgust at what this workplace had become.
Cellist Ingrid Bock's letter is eloquent in its description of musical excellence found and lost. Finally! An RPO musician speaking about musical values! This is what over 1300 petition signers are talking about - the music, which is the point.
If the court thought the lawsuit did not have merit, the Judge would have thrown it out. He did not, and the RPO Board must respond to the charges in this lawsuit by February 4, 2013. This battle continues.
Thank you Ms. Towler, for writing and publishing this article. Maestro Remmereit's supporters also want a new, positive direction for the RPO. I believe this can only be accomplished by changing the makeup of the Board, and I appreciate your effort to alert the public that we offer a choice.
No one ever said that the entire financial future of the RPO depends on ANY one person, James, or Chiam, or whoever you are. But if you uncritically accept those figures, you are much more innocent than I ever would have believed! Mark Twain said: "There are 3 kinds of lies - Lies, lies and damned statistics."
The Holiday concerts rarely include the Symphonic conductor, and are the best-selling of the entire season. Chris Botti has been here before, and sells out, but this time they spent WAY more than they usually do on his advertising to fill those seats. There are normally no tickets left the week before. But there were this year. Nevertheless, I am glad they sold well, whatever the net. I love the RPO, and I love the music. I do not love incompetent leadership and the untimely and wrong-headed removal of an excellent conductor of world renown.
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