Josep Caballé Domenech to step down at Colorado Springs Philharmonic in 2023

Posted on: January 21, 2022

“Colorado Springs Philharmonic will lose music director and conductor Josep Caballé Domenech at the end of its 2022-2023 season,” writes Jennifer Mulson in Wednesday’s (1/19) Gazette (Colorado Springs). “ ‘It was a surprise to us,’ said Philharmonic president and CEO Nathan Newbrough. ‘We’re saddened by it.… He has made enormous progress artistically with this orchestra.’ Last weekend’s ‘Comeback Celebration’ concerts were the first Domenech has conducted since [the pandemic] arrived in 2020…. Later that year, the Philharmonic’s board of directors voted to cancel its new five-year contract with the musicians’ union due to the coronavirus. Eighteen months of a contract dispute ensued, until Philharmonic management and the Pikes Peak Musicians Association agreed on a three-year deal in October…. Domenech joined the Philharmonic in 2011…. In addition to his Philharmonic duties, Domenech has [served] as chief conductor of Germany’s Moritzburg Festival Orchestra since 2018, general director of the Halle Opera and Staatskapelle in Germany from 2013 to 2018, and artistic director of the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra in Colombia in 2018.… Domenech is the ninth music director in the Philharmonic’s 95 years…. ‘Josep has had the most impressive artistic output of any conductor of the orchestra,’ Newbrough said.”