In Friday’s (2/22) Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York), Stuart Low writes, “The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has put together a 2013-14 season that features guest conductors from around the globe, rising guest stars and some concerts featuring soloists from its own ranks. The next Philharmonics Series is slightly more conservative in character than the two series organized by former music director Arild Remmereit, who was fired last month by the RPO board. But his imprint remains firmly on several aspects of the new programs. Their mortar and cement will be familiar European, Russian and American masterpieces—including continued cycles of Beethoven and Mahler symphonies, as Remmereit had planned. His emphasis on women composers carries on with works by contemporary American master Jennifer Higdon, the short-lived French genius Lili Boulanger and Florence Price, the first black American woman to win recognition as a classical composer. … The guest conductors should be of keen interest to RPO audience, since one of them—at least in theory—could become the next music director in 2014-2015.” Low notes the scheduled appearances of Hugh Wolff, former music director of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and New Jersey Symphony; Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor James Feddeck; and Austrian conductor Christoph Campestrini.
Posted February 25, 2013