DONATO CABRERA APPOINTED MUSIC DIRECTOR OF CALIFORNIA SYMPHONY San Francisco, CA – June 23, 2013 – Donato Cabrera, a rising young

conductor well known to Bay Area audiences through his stellar work with both San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera, has been appointed Music Director of California Symphony. The announcement was made on Sunday, June 23 by President of the Board of Directors Tom Overhoff at the 14th annual Virtuoso al Fresco Food and Wine Classic, which benefits the California Symphony’s education programs. Founded in 1986, California Symphony enters its 27th season and is recognized for its wide range of orchestral repertoire, with an emphasis of works by American composers, and for its passionate cultivation of talented young composers through its Young American Composer-in-Residence Program. Maestro Cabrera signs an initial three year contract and leads the orchestra in six of the eight concerts during the 20132014 season opening September 29. In remarks made at the announcement, President of the Board of Directors Tom Overhoff and Dick Jarrett, Board member and Chair of the Search Committee stated, “The appointment of Donato Cabrera as Music Director of the California Symphony truly represents a new era in our history. A committee made up of board members, musician representatives and patrons conducted an extensive nationwide search, narrowing the field from nearly 100 to 7 finalists, all of whom were superb conductors. The committee unanimously selected Donato. We are confident that Maestro Cabrera will lead us to our goal of becoming one of the nation’s very finest regional orchestras.” Talking of Maestro Cabrera’s March 2013 guest appearance with the California Symphony, Georgia Rowe of the San Jose Mercury News said that they were a “perfect match” adding that Cabrera conducted with “impressive energy and meticulous focus” drawing “vibrant, dynamic playing from the ensemble.” Maestro Cabrera will continue to serve as Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, Wattis Foundation Music Director of the SFS Youth Orchestra, as well as Music Director of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra and the New Hampshire Music Festival. In anticipation of the announcement, Maestro Cabrera has been working closely with the organization over the past several weeks on artistic planning for the 2013-2014 season. Highlights of the 2013-2014 season include four “Classics” concerts, each with a work by an American composer including the world premiere of a work by current Young American Composer in Residence, D.J. Sparr, as well as the West Coast premiere of Leviathan by Bay Area composer Mark Grey. Strauss’ 150th birthday will be celebrated with a performance of

Death and Transfiguration, one of his famous tone poems, and the Horn Concerto No. 1, featuring Robert Ward, principal horn of the San Francisco Symphony. The season will also include such masterworks as Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Recognized for introducing important young artists at an early age, this season is no exception as the California Symphony introduces audiences to KuoWai Lio, a recipient of the 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant and Kenneth Renshaw, first-prize recipient of the 2012 Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists. Donato Cabrera will lead three of the four traditional “Pops” concerts beginning with the annual Target Pops on the Plaza, a concert celebrating California’s rich cultural diversity and music; a festive Holiday tribute with the Pacific Boychoir; and a Valentines special featuring works inspired by Romeo & Juliet. Full information about the season will be provided below. Upon being informed of the new appointment, San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas weighed in…“Donato brings fantastic experience and enthusiasm to his new role as Music Director of the California Symphony and I know that he will lead the organization to the next level by engaging the community through his proven skills of imaginative programming and exciting music-making.” “During the 2011-2012 Season, when I first conducted the California Symphony in performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, I knew then that I had found a new musical partner,” said Maestro Cabrera. “Through my past and current affiliations with Bay Area orchestras, I had already developed a close rapport with many members of the California Symphony. When I returned during the 2012-2013 Season to conduct a concert that included the charming yet challenging Lollapalooza by John Adams and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, the relationship was sealed. I truly believe that the California Symphony is positioned to become one of the leading regional orchestras in the U.S. and I look forward to helping shape its future.” California Symphony Orchestra 2013-2014 Season Calendar Classics I: A NEW ERA BEGINS! Cabrera Conducts Mozart and Dvorak September 29, 2013 Adams – Chairman Dances Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466 Kuok-Wai Lio, piano (Winner of the 2013 Avery Fisher Award) Dvorak – Symphony No. 9 in E minor, From the New World, Op. 95 Classics II: ANNIVERSARIES AND TRIBUTES Tomasz Golka Conducts Elgar and Strauss January 19, 2014 Shafer Mahoney – Triple Point Richard Strauss - Horn Concerto No. 1, Op. 11 Robert Ward, horn Bach/Golka - Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582

Elgar – Enigma Variations Classics III: CATCH A RISING STAR Cabrera Conducts Mendelssohn and Strauss March 2, 2014 Mark Grey - ‘Leviathan’ Overture for Orchestra R. Strauss – Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration) Wagner - Flying Dutchman Overture Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 Kenneth Renshaw, violin Classics IV: A RUSSIAN SPECTACULAR Cabrera Conducts Rachmaninov and Rimsky-Korsakov May 4, 2014 D.J. Sparr – World Premiere Rachmaninov – Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini Ilya Yakushev, piano Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade Pops I: CALIFORNIA! From the Golden Gate to the Silver Screen Target Pops on the Plaza Todos Santos Plaza, Concord, CA August 29, 2013 Donato Cabrera, conductor Pops II: MOVIES AND MUSICALS October 17, 2013 Sean O'Loughlin, pops conductor Pops III: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Cabrera Conducts Holiday Favorites December 23, 2013 Donato Cabrera, conductor Pacific Boychoir Kevin Fox, conductor Pops IV: BE MY VALENTINE February 11, 2014 Donato Cabrera, conductor ABOUT DONATO CABRERA Since 2009, California native Donato Cabrera has served as Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony leading the Orchestra frequently including the annual Día de los Muertos Community Concert, as well as the Concerts for Kids, Adventures in Music and Music for Families concerts. He also serves as the Wattis Foundation Music Director of the SFS Youth

Orchestra, leading them on their eighth European tour for which they were awarded a prestigious 2011-2012 ASCAP Award for American Programming on Foreign Tours. In addition to his work with the San Francisco Symphony, Cabrera also serves as Music Director of the Green Bay Symphony and was recently appointed Music Director of the New Hampshire Music Festival. Past positions include serving as Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Opera (2005-2008) and Resident Conductor of Music Academy of the West (2003-2004). He has appeared as guest conductor all over the world including engagements with such orchestras as the Colorado Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Orquésta de Santa Cecilia (Spain) and Orquésta de Concepción (Chile). He has also served as assistant and cover conductor with numerous orchestras including the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Lyric Opera of Chicago. In December 2009, he made his debut with the San Francisco Ballet in performances of The Nutcracker and in March 2012, he conducted the San Francisco Symphony Chorus in the world premiere of Mason Bates’ Mass Transmission. A champion of new music, Cabrera co-founded the New York-based American Contemporary Music Ensemble, which is dedicated to the outstanding performance of masterworks from the 20th and 21st century. In February 2010, he was recognized by the Consulate-General of Mexico in San Francisco as a Luminary of the Friends of Mexico Honorary Committee, for his contributions to promoting and developing the presence of the Mexican community in the Bay Area. ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA SYMPHONY Named “Best of America” (by the editors of Reader's Digest Magazine May, 2005), the critically acclaimed California Symphony's mission is to perform the full range of music from the orchestral repertoire, with particular emphasis on works by American composers. Since its inception in 1986, the Symphony has included a work by an American composer and featured world-renowned guest artists on many of its programs. Additionally, the Symphony is passionately committed to providing music education programs to children and adults in the San Francisco East Bay; to cultivating composers through its renowned Young American Composerin-Residence Program; and for giving extraordinarily talented young performers their first professional concert appearances in the United States. Among those who have gone on to make their marks on the symphonic world are violinist Sarah Chang, cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Helen Huang. Since 1990, the California Symphony has been the resident professional orchestra of the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek and regularly performs to capacity audiences in the Hofmann Theatre. The California Symphony also performs in Concord in September, providing a free concert the whole family can enjoy. In March 1997, the California Symphony received international recognition when it recorded its first compact disc on the Decca/Argo of London label. The CD, Lou Harrison: A Portrait, features Grammy Awardwinning vocalist Al Jarreau as the soloist in Lou Harrison's Symphony No. 4 (Last Symphony). The recording has continued to garner critical acclaim and recognition, including being named "Recording of the Month" in the August 1998 issue of Gramophone Magazine. Reader's Digest chose the California Symphony as the Best Symphony Orchestra in America in its May 2005 issue hailing the Symphony's Young American Composer-in-Residence Program and its focus on young musicians and American composers.

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