Looking ahead to Rochester Philharmonic’s first season under Remmereit

Posted on: March 7, 2011

In Sunday’s (3/6) Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York), Anna Reguero writes, “Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart are brand names in classical music: Fans recognize and crave their music. But what about the scores of worthy works that aren’t familiar to audiences? Arild Remmereit, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s music director designate, wants to make them familiar. For next season—not only his first with the RPO but also his inaugural year holding a music directorship anywhere—he infuses RPO’s programming with fresh, overlooked works. The RPO will give its first performances of 16 works, with four of them world premieres. It’s an initiative he calls ‘creating classics.’ It includes a focus on female composers throughout history, from Clara Schumann to Amy Beach, a historic American composer from the early 20th century, and even a new commission by American composer Margaret Brouwer, all of which tie into Rochester’s role in the woman’s suffrage movement. … Charles Owens, president and CEO of the RPO, says that Remmereit was chosen as the RPO’s next music director for his bold programming ideas. … The season also builds stronger ties with the Eastman School of Music, holding competitions for composers, instrumentalists and singers for a chance to be featured with the RPO.”

Posted March 7, 2011