Saturday, February 9, 2013

Philharmonic music director accepts new position

Posted By on Sat, Feb 9, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Josep Caballé-Domenech
Josep Caballé-Domenech, who came onboard as the Colorado Springs Philharmonic’s music director back in May of 2011, has accepted a position as general music director of German symphony orchestra Staatskapelle Halle. The Barcelona-born conductor will also continue on here with the Philharmonic, dividing his time between the two orchestras.

“The Governing Council of the theatre, Opera and Orchestra Halle confirmed my appointment after a selection process on January 18,” writes Caballé-Domenech on his official website. “I am very grateful and honored by the importance of this new challenge, stressing the high level and versatility of the Orchestra, excellent programming as well as the atmosphere of pleasant work in this historic institution.”

It was two years ago this month that Caballé-Domenech, after filling in at the last minute for ailing conductor Lawrence Leighton Smith, unexpectedly became an 11th hour finalist in the Philharmonic’s search for a new music director. The 21-month search for the retiring Leighton Smith’s successor resulted in Caballé-Domenech signing a five-year contract and going on to earn acclaim for helping reenergize the local orchestra’s performances.

Meanwhile, the Philharmonic has announced programming for Caballé-Domenech’s third season, which will range from pops concerts featuring the music of Abba and Queen to an ambitious undertaking of Strauss’ Alpine Symphony with more than 100 musicians.

You can find the full season schedule plus subscriber information here.

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