Artistic and Administrative: California Symphony

Posted on: August 10, 2018

The California Symphony in Walnut Creek has announced contract extensions for Music Director DONATO CABRERA and Executive Director AUBREY BERGAUER.

Donato Cabrera joined the California Symphony as music director in 2013; his contract extension runs through the 2022-23 season. Cabrera is also music director of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and previously served as resident conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and music director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. In recent seasons, Cabrera has made debuts with the National Symphony Orchestra’s KC Jukebox at the Kennedy Center, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, New West Symphony, Sinfónica de Oaxaca, and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Boca del Rio. He co-founded the New York-based American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), and recently led Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Drone Mass with ACME and Theatre of Voices at Duke Performances and the Big Ears Festival. He conducted the Nashville Symphony as a participant in the League of American Orchestras’ Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview.

Aubrey Bergauer joined the California Symphony as executive director in 2014; her contract extension runs through the 2020-21 season. Previously, she had worked at the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, and the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. At the California Symphony, she has moved the organization from its prior budget shortfalls to ending in the black, with three of the last four fiscal years concluding with surpluses. Since her arrival, the California Symphony reports that its audiences have nearly doubled, the operating budget has grown by nearly 50 percent, and the donor base has expanded. The orchestra has extended its footprint in the last four years, with performances in Napa Valley, Concord, Oakland, and Berkeley, in addition to its home base of Walnut Creek. Bergauer is a graduate of Rice University with degrees in music performance and business.

Posted August 10, 2018