The Rochester Philharmonic, which fired its Norwegian music director Arild Remmereit 18 months ago after a breakdown of relations with the management, has announced Ward Stare as its next conductor.
Stare, 31, grew up in Rochester, played in its youth orchestra and, at 18, became principal trombonist at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In 2012 he made his conducting debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, having served four years as resident conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony. He starts in Rochester on 1 September.
Some local musicians, however, still unhappy at Remmereit’s dismissal, have challenged his credentials. They argue that Ward Stare appears hopelessly under-experienced to take the leadership of a distinguished mainstream orchestra.
Time, we guess, will tell. (It usually does.)