California Symphony releases music director

Posted on: September 23, 2010

In Thursday’s (9/23) Mercury News (San Jose, California), Sue Gilmore writes, “For the first time in 24 years, when the California Symphony opens its season in the Lesher Center for the Arts on Oct. 3, founder and music director Barry Jekowsky will not be at the podium. California Symphony board president Mike Soza confirmed this afternoon that the board of directors decided Tuesday evening to terminate the conductor. … The decision, apparently, was a financial one, but Soza would not comment on whether the full board was in agreement. ‘It was a board decision,’ he said. Board member Helen Allen, a Concord City Council member, was not at the meeting and definitely not in agreement. … Jekowsky, who was attending a board meeting with another organization, was unavailable for comment. The Oct. 3 and Oct. 5 concerts that open the Symphony’s 2010-11 season will take place as planned, Soza said, with Asher Raboy of the Napa Valley Symphony at the podium.”

Posted September 23, 2010