After a 25-year tenure with the Pasadena Symphony, the Association is saddened to report that it could not reach an agreement with its Music Director, Jorge Mester, on revised contract terms necessary for the continued success of the Recovery Plan for a Sustainable Future – a plan that has enabled the Pasadena Symphony Association to once again find solid financial ground.
In response to its economic crisis that began in October 2008, the Pasadena Symphony Association drafted their recovery plan in June 2009 which requires a holistic approach to solving the financial and organizational challenges it had been facing. “The Recovery Plan’s fiscally responsible and sustainable success necessitates everyone’s participation and demands that the Association address each and every line item in the organization’s $3.2 million-dollar budget,” notes Melinda Shea, President of the PSA Board of Directors.
Mester’s final concert as Music Director will be Saturday May 15, 2010 featuring violinist Jennifer Frautschi in an all-Beethoven concert at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. This will also be the last concert the orchestra performs in its Classics Series before they move into their new home at Ambassador Auditorium beginning October 2010.