2011-06-13 19:00 | Conductor Donato Cabrera to be Music Director of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra
The Board of Directors of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra announced today that it has chosen Donato Cabrera as its new Music Director designate after a two year-long search.
Selected from a group of nearly 200 applications, Cabrera was one of four finalists who conducted concerts during the GBSO's 2010/11 season. In addition, each candidate spent a week in Green Bay meeting with schools, community leaders, and rehearsing with the Orchestra. Cabrera will continue in his current post at the San Francisco Symphony as Bruno Walter Resident Conductor Chair and San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra as Wattis Foundation Music Director.
Cabrera and GBSO Executive Director Michael Stefiuk unveiled the details for 2011-2012 concert programming today, which marks the Orchestra's 98th year and Cabrera's inaugural season as its tenth music director. He has signed a four-year contract which will extend beyond the GBSO's 100th anniversary season.
"This is an exciting time in the GBSO's history," says Bill Guc, GBSO board president. "Our search for a new music director has taken the better part of two years and has been a rewarding process for everyone involved. Donato brings a renewed sense of enthusiasm and musical possibilities to the Orchestra. He'll make a great addition to the GBSO family and to the Green Bay cultural scene."
The GBSO Music Director Search Committee was chaired by board member Jean Vande Hey and was comprised of nine individuals - four GBSO musicians, three board members, and two community leaders. Other members of the search committee included Billie Kress, Joe Seroogy, Susan Rosin, Mike Ross, Michael Keelan, Bruce Atwell, Mike Hennessy, James Dean and Executive Director Michael Stefiuk.
It was the unanimous decision of the Search Committee to choose Cabrera. "Maestro Cabrera brings to us every qualification we were looking for," said Vande Hey. "He is a brilliant performer and thinker of music. He cares about students and is an electrifying teacher with a talent for communicating and encouraging. Donato is the ideal music director for the future of the GBSO, and we are thrilled to welcome him!"
Cabrera joined the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) conducting staff in 2009 and will continue in his current role. As Bruno Walter Resident Conductor Chair, he works closely with SFS Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and leads the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra as Wattis Foundation Music Director.
In December 2009, he made his debut with the San Francisco Ballet, conducting performances of The Nutcracker and is one of few conductors who have conducted performances at all three San Francisco institutions: The Orchestra, Opera, and Ballet.
Cabrera made his South American debut in 2008, conducting Madame Butterfly with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción in Chile, and he returns yearly to conduct symphonic and operatic repertoire.
From 2005 to 2008, he was Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Opera, participating in the world premiere of John Adams's Doctor Atomic and conducting performances of Die Fledermaus,
Don Giovanni, Tannhäuser, andThe Magic Flute. Cabrera has also assisted in productions at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2002, he was a Herbert von Karajan conducting fellow at the Salzburg Festival and has also served as an assistant conductor at the Ravinia, Spoleto (Italy), and Aspen Music Festivals, and the Music Academy of the West.
Cabrera is dedicated to music education and community outreach and has worked with members of the young artist programs of the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Portland Opera. He was also a frequent conductor of Young People's Concerts with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
A champion of new music, Cabrera was a co-founder and music director of the New York-based American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), and has led that ensemble in works of John Adams, Jacob Druckman, Donald Martino, Frederic Rzewski, and Elliott Carter. This spring, he leads the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players in performances of works by Du Yun, Ronald Bruce Smith, and Brian Current.
"Within minutes of beginning the first rehearsal with the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, I knew that a very special relationship was being forged between us," commented Cabrera. "It is with great excitement that I accept the position of Music Director for the GBSO as it approaches the one-hundredth year of its existence, and I look forward to sharing our artistic vision and musical collaboration with the citizens of Green Bay and beyond!"
For the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra 2011-2012 season schedule, visit www.greenbaysymphony.org.
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