Vallejo Symphony and longtime music director give last concert together

Posted on: April 17, 2015

In Wednesday’s (4/15) San Francisco Chronicle (subscription required), Joshua Kosman writes about California’s Vallejo Symphony, “an 83-year-old cultural institution in a city buffeted by ferocious civic and financial shocks, including the 1996 decommissioning of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard and the city’s declaration of bankruptcy in 2008.… The orchestra has had its ups and downs … but nothing in the organization’s history has roiled the Vallejo Symphony like the board’s decision last summer to fire music director David Ramadanoff, 71, at the end of the current season. He had served in the post for 31 years.” They gave their last concert together on Sunday. “Board member Tim Zumwalt … calls [the departure] an attempt to shake things up in response to declining attendance…. For the coming season, the orchestra will bring in three conductors for public tryouts to succeed Ramadanoff: Thomas Heuser, Marc Taddei, and Christian Baldini.… Among the obvious challenges facing the orchestra is the task of attracting newer and younger listeners.… In the meantime, though, Ramadanoff has turned his focus to other projects. He’s the music director of the 50-year-old Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra in Los Altos, and of the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, an East Bay youth orchestra.”

Posted April 17, 2015