“All roads lead to Vegas. Including the one leading Donato Cabrera to the podium as the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s new music director,” writes Carol Cling in Monday’s (4/21) Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Philharmonic officials welcomed Cabrera to Las Vegas at a Monday afternoon news conference…. It’s hardly the first time Cabrera, 43, has been in Las Vegas; he spent part of his boyhood here…. Resident conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and music director of the symphony’s Youth Orchestra since 2009, Cabrera became music director of the Bay Area’s California Symphony and the New Hampshire Music Festival last year. He’s also music director of Wisconsin’s Green Bay Symphony, a post he’s held since 2011…. Cabrera’s official debut as the Philharmonic’s music director will be Sept. 27, when he’ll conduct the orchestra’s 2014-15 season opener…. Since his boyhood here, ‘Las Vegas has grown so much,’ Cabrera noted—citing, among other things, the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, where the Las Vegas Philharmonic is a resident company…. For now, Cabrera and his wife, opera librettist Niloufar Talebi, will remain San Francisco residents.” David Itkin stepped down as the Philharmonic’s music director in 2012.
Posted April 22, 2014