Colorado Springs Philharmonic Music Director to Step Down


(Picture courtesy: Josep Caballé-Domenech)

 

Josep Caballé-Domenech will depart his place after ultimate concert events with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic (CSP) in Could 2023, closing a chapter on a dozen years performing with the orchestra.

A contract symphony and opera conductor, Caballé-Domenech first joined CSP in 2011 as music director, succeeding Lawrence Leighton Smith. Caballé-Domenech is the ninth music director in CSP’s 95-year historical past.

CSP’s current Comeback Celebrationconcert events have been among the many first he had performed since 2020, when the season was ultimately compelled to cancel because of the pandemic.

In line with The Gazette, bass trombonist and chairman of the philharmonic’s gamers committee, Jeremy Van Hoy, claimed that there have been disagreements between Caballé-Domenech and the orchestra’s administration.

“Josep has been dedicated to the mission of this group, which is to current skilled dwell classical music to Colorado Springs,” Van Hoy stated. “He references (within the letter) our failure to comply with that mission. He disagreed with the contract cancellation and thought we must always have discovered a technique to hold working within the pandemic and into 2021.”

Born in Barcelona right into a household of musicians, Caballé-Domenech took conducting classes with David Zinman, Jorma Panula, and Sergiu Comissiona. He was not too long ago appointed as principal conductor of Germany’s Moritzburg Competition and beforehand held the music director position on the Staatskapelle Halle, Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogotá, and was principal visitor conductor of Sweden’s Norköping Symphony

“We rejoice so many landmark performances throughout Josep’s time in Colorado Springs,” CSP wrote on their web site. “Along with attracting world-renowned artists together with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, James Galway, Jan Vogler, and Conrad Tao performing a breadth of masterworks, Josep additionally launched the music of recent composers.”

“I’m extremely unhappy proper now,” stated CSP’s concertmaster Michael Hanson. “[Domenech] all the time anticipated a excessive degree of precision. He makes positive it’s of the best degree when it comes to excellence and efficiency.”

“It was a shock to us,” added Nathan Newbrough, CSP’s president and CEO. “We’re saddened by it. He’s had the second-longest tenure as music director of anyone we’ve had. He has made huge progress artistically with this orchestra.” 

 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN | VIOLIN CONCERTO IN D MAJOR | VC YOUNG ARTIST MARÍA DUEÑAS | RTVE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA | JOSEP CABALLÉ-DOMENECH | 2021

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