First of all, let's fix your selective memory, Ms. Curtis. You have two petitions. The one that has 1000+ signatures is to support Remmereit's programming and performances, something that has been publicly stated as NOT being the crux of the problem. The second petition, having 230 signers, is to fire Charles Owens. Both petitions seem to have a healthy dose of people who are not actual supporters of the RPO, but rather only of Remmereit (I can't see how to view all the signatures at once, so I can't get an exact number). And it is important to note that those who support Remmereit do not necessarily support firing Charles Owens! This is a line that you, Mr. Maurer, and your other colleagues continually blur.
Frankly, I must say that I am truly incredulous that you, Ms. Curtis, continue to project yourself as some champion of the RPO's cause. You continue to speculate about how this orchestra, which you have no investment in, is run. I am trying to understand how you, a person who had not been to Rochester, NY in more than 20 years before the last Viola Congress , continue to push your own agenda and somehow claim that it will benefit the orchestra. Many of your colleagues (who I may disagree with), at least are clear in their motivations, and they are people who have an actual investment in the orchestra.
You may champion women composers, and that's great, but stop pushing an agenda of division when what the orchestra needs the most is to find common ground, learn from this whole debacle, and move forward.
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