Looking ahead at California Symphony

Posted on: September 21, 2018

“The Bay Area’s classical music scene is alive, well, and thriving,” writes Georgia Rowe in Tuesday’s (9/18) Mercury News (San Jose, CA). “For examples, look no further than the California Symphony. One of the reasons is music director Donato Cabrera, who joined the organization in 2013 after posts as resident director of the San Francisco Symphony and music director of the San Francisco Youth Orchestra. The other is executive director Aubrey Bergauer, who came on board the following year after successes at Seattle Opera and the Bumbershoot Festival.… Cabrera and Bergauer have made an official commitment to diversity, a drive to attract new audiences, and an expansion of repertoire that includes women composers and artists of color. Bergauer’s Orchestra X program drew first-time classical music attendees. Sound Minds, the organization’s longtime education arm, has made inroads in Bay Area schools. This year, the Symphony launched Fresh Look: The Symphony Exposed. Funded by a grant from the League of American Orchestras, the adult education course reached full capacity in its first outing.” The League of American Orchestras’ American Orchestras’ Futures Fund is made possible by a generous grant from the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation.

Posted September 21, 2018