To those of us with the Pasadena Symphony Association, it has been painful to see false impressions emerge about the departure of Jorge Mester, but perhaps the most painful is the misperception that Maestro Mester simply walked away from the orchestra he built and loved.  Negotiations were complex, and although both sides attempted to compromise, it was just not possible to reach an agreement that met everyone’s needs.

Everyone who cares about the Pasadena Symphony–audience members, musicians, board members–has been enriched by Maestro Mester’s artistry and will strive to protect and honor his legacy.  I know I am not the only person who feels deep affection for Maestro Mester and I hope we can figure out a way to move forward together towards a positive future for the Pasadena Symphony.

 Melinda Shea

President of the Board, Pasadena Symphony Association