Cabrillo Festival 2020

CABRILLO FESTIVAL of Contemporary Music Announces its 58th Season

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, America’s longest running festival of new orchestral music, celebrates its 58th season July 26 – August 9, 2020, with a remarkable season of timely, topical, and thought-provoking new works.

Season highlights include three world premiere commissions; the orchestral premiere of Jake Heggie’s Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope with a reprise by mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke; two works commemorating the centenary of women’s suffrage in America; two contemporary homages to Beethoven’s 250th anniversary; and a posthumous tribute to beloved composer Christopher Rouse

Led by 2020 Grammy Award-winning Music Director and Conductor Cristian Măcelaru (above), the Cabrillo Festival is all about “music of our time, for our time.” The Festival is proud to offer composers a haven to present contemporary music that speaks to the world around us, bringing together a community of artists and audiences to experience the creative process. While this year’s Festival reflects on the deep divisions in our nation, it is also infused with hope for change, transformation, and peace. The Festival’s 58th season welcomes thirteen resident composers, a stunning roster of soloists, three world premiere commissions, and eight West Coast premieres.

This year’s composers in residence are Mason Bates, Dan Caputo, Stacy Garrop, John Harbison, Jake Heggie, Pierre Jalbert, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Paola Prestini, Kevin Puts, Andrea Reinkemeyer, Iván Enrique Rodríguez, Sean Shepherd, and Gregory Smith.

Guest Artists include Katherine Needleman (oboe); Benjamin Beilman (violin); Sasha Cooke (mezzo-soprano); Gregory Smith (narrator); Quartet San Francisco; Lara Downes (piano); and Stewart Goodyear (piano).

Among this year’s highlights are: the final performance in an expansive Bay Area collaboration commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz––the world premiere of the full orchestral version of Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheers’ Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope; two contemporary homages to Beethoven’s 250th anniversary (by Pierre Jalbert and Joan Tower); two works commemorating women’s suffrage and the centenary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (by Stacy Garrop and Paola Prestini); and a posthumous tribute to beloved composer and longtime Cabrillo friend, Christopher Rouse, who died in September 2019.

The Festival also continues its “pay-what-you-can” Community Night performance on Thursday, August 6 at 7pm. This hour-long chamber music concert is designed to introduce new audiences to the Festival, and this year—in addition to showcasing the talents of Cabrillo Festival Orchestra members—will feature two spectacular pianists, Lara Downes and Stewart Goodyear.

As well as the featured evening concerts, the Festival continues its tradition of hosting open rehearsals, talks, and the Conductors/Composers Workshop professional training program (focusing on the creation and performance of new music), the Free Family Concert with Tour of the Orchestra, and the two-day community-focused Church Street Fair.

A Nation Divided – Friday, July 31, 8pm

Maestro Măcelaru kicks off the 58th season with works by composers Iván Enrique Rodríguez, Kevin Puts, Andrea Reinkemeyer, and Mason Bates.

Composer Iván Enrique Rodríguez composes works focusing on social justice and activism and incorporating his Puerto Rican musical heritage. Maestro Măcelaru leads the Festival Orchestra in the West Coast premiere of his most recent orchestral piece, A Metaphor for Power, which reflects upon our ideals of equality in America, as seen through the personal lens of the composer’s Latino experience.

Cabrillo Festival veteran and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts will be in residence for the West Coast premiere of his Second Oboe Concerto: Moonlight. This concerto was inspired by the Academy award-winning film Moonlight, and written for oboist Kathleen Needleman, who performs with the esteemed Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. Puts writes, “the piece was written in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, during a time of great upheaval and division in the country and—for me—a profound feeling of disillusionment. I floundered for several months, searching for inspiration until the discovery of the 2016 film Moonlight. I found it exquisitely made, and the film’s demonstration of tolerance and compassion in the midst of a tough environment stayed with me for some time, giving me cause for hope.”

The music of American composer Andrea Reinkemeyer has been described as, “hauntingly melodic and fun, dancing and almost running its way forward (Fanfare Magazine). It explores the interplay of visual metaphors, nature, and sound to create lush textures against churning rhythmic figures. Her piece,Water Sings Fire draws inspiration from Leigh Bardugo’s eponymous short story, a feminist origin myth to the Hans Christian Andersen classic, The Little Mermaid, in which themes of ambition and betrayal are explored allegorically through Ulla’s transformation from obscure mermaid to tempestuous sea witch.

Closing out the evening is the West Coast premiere of Grammy Award-winning composer Mason BatesThe Art of War, a powerful new symphony that explores the drama of human conflict from the perspectives of soldiers, weaponry, and human loss. Animating a three-movement symphonic structure are original field recordings–of weapons tests; elements of American and Iraqi folk music; and the printing presses of the US Treasury–triggered from the orchestra by the composer.

Violins of Hope – Saturday, August 1, 7pm

Maestro Măcelaru leads the Festival Orchestra in two West Coast premieres and one World premiere on Saturday, August 1.

“The American composer Pierre Jalbert writes music of considerable elegance,” wrote Joshua Kosman in the San Francisco Chronicle. Maestro Măcelaru leads the Festival Orchestra in the West Coast premiere of Jalbert’s Passage, written in response to Beethoven’s Symphony No 4 and presented in commemoration of Beethoven’s 250th Birthday. “The title refers to the transformation of musical passages from Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, which informed this work, into a modern musical language,” writes Jalbert. Passage is in three contrasting movements, with each movement responding to a different aspect of Beethoven’s score. “Ultimately, the piece stands on its own terms, filtered through my own musical language, to form something of our own time.”

Dubbed “one of the decade’s more gifted, up-and-coming modern classical composers” (Pitchfork), Sarah Kirkland Snider writes music of direct expression and vivid narrative. Her single-movement orchestral work Hiraeth, which features an original film by Mark DeChiazza, receives its West Coast premiere at Cabrillo. ‘Hiraeth’ is a Welsh word, loosely translated as homesickness tinged with longing for the lost or departed, or for a home you can no longer return to. The music is deeply emotional, affected by Snider’s loss of her father as she was composing.

The evening concludes with a powerful and profound Festival commission: the full orchestral version of Guggenheim Fellow Jake Heggie’s Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope, with text by Gene Scheer, and featuring mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and violinist Benjamin Beilman as guest artists. Written in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope is a celebration of the resilience of the human spirit. This powerful work is based on the stories told by musicologist and author James A. Grymes in his book Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour. Violinist Beilman, as well as several of the Cabrillo Festival musicians, will perform on some of the historic string instruments from the Violins of Hope collection—instruments that were played by Jews in concentration camps during the Holocaust and subsequently recovered and meticulously restored by Israeli violinmakers Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein. This is the last event of Violins of Hope SF Bay Area, a monumental 40-organization collaboration, and will include talks and educational programs with Avshalom Weinstein.

Free Family Concert – Sunday, August 2, 1 pm

The Festival’s annual fun, free and always engaging family concert brings back Festival favorite Gregory Smith. A multi-talented composer and arranger of scores, songs and themes for television and film, Smith is also the creator of engaging family-friendly concert music that has been performed by major orchestras from Boston to Bonn, Toronto to Hong Kong.  This concert features VIBE, the newest symphonic educational concert work by Smith. Narrated by the composer, this lighthearted, participatory musical takes its young audience behind the scenes to explore the science of sound and how it travels, how echoes work, and the significance of having two ears. The event also includes the popular Tour of the Orchestra, which invites kids to meet the orchestra’s different instruments and players.

Quartet San Francisco in Concert – Sunday, August 2, 7pm
Quartet San Francisco, three-time Grammy Award nominee, makes their Festival debut with a Sunday night program of tango and jazz—and you can expect them to do it with “breezy wit, fine technical finish and a genuine feeling for musical idiom” (Washington Post). Founded by violinist Jeremy Cohen, QSF is a non-traditional and eclectic string quartet, exploring a wide range of music genres and challenging the traditional classical music foundation of the string quartet. Violist Chad Kaltinger is a hometown troubadour and longtime member of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra.

Community Night – Thursday, August 6, 7pm

This year the Festival’s popular pay-what-you-can Community Night concert includes a presentation of Entr’acte by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw performed by string players of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, conducted by Cristi Macelaru. As well, the program includes solo piano performances by guest artists Lara Downes and Stewart Goodyear, playing in advance of their orchestral concerts during the Festival’s final weekend. All seating is general admission, and the audience is invited to stay after the show to sip wine and meet the musicians. Inaugurated in 2018, Community Night has already become a beloved community tradition.

Susan B. – Saturday, August 8, 7pm

The second weekend of the Cabrillo Festival begins with works by Stacy Garrop, Paola Prestini, Dan Caputo, and the late Christopher Rouse.

The evening begins with For the Crime of Voting, a world premiere by celebrated Chicago-based composer Stacy Garrop, whose music is centered on dramatic and lyrical storytelling. This new work for orchestra and spoken narration was commissioned by the Cabrillo Festival in commemoration of the centenary of women’s suffrage in America. Incorporating the words of suffragist Susan B. Anthony, Garrop takes the audience thorough a journey of Anthony’s arrest, trial, and conviction, after she illegally voted in the 1872 presidential election.

A second work celebrates the passing of the 19th Amendment: Paola Prestini’s piano concerto Hindsight: Let Me See the Sun, which features trailblazing pianist Lara Downes. Prestini is an “imaginative composer” hailed the New York Times. Hindsight: Let Me See the Sun infuses folk music, virtuosity, harsh dissonance, and vocal simplicity. The concerto is about the human impulse to remain hopeful, and what it means to struggle towards clarity and light. The work is structured as a dialogue between piano and orchestra, at times contentious and at times unified.

Dan Caputo, a composer of instrumental and electronic music, explores the ways detailed aural textures and curious musical behaviors can elicit complex psychological responses. Măcelaru leads the Festival Orchestra in Liminal, a work that aims to reflect the psychological behaviors people experience during transitional states.

Concluding the evening is a posthumous tribute to a beloved friend to Cabrillo and Festival favorite: Pulitzer-prize winning composer Christopher Rouse. In his prolific career, Rouse created a body of work perhaps unequaled in its emotional intensity. The New York Times called it “some of the most anguished, most memorable music around.” Tonight Măcelaru leads the Festival Orchestra in Rouse’s final work, Symphony No. 6. Notable for its dark, expressive sound world, Symphony No. 6 was Rouse’s only four-movement symphony. Rouse wrote of composing this work, “Now I hope to have lived a full enough life to have something to say that is worth perhaps a little of my listeners’ time. To live one’s life is, it sometimes seems, to spend all of one’s time on a rollercoaster as we try adapting to the sudden, unexpected changes of direction our ‘amusement park ride’ subjects us. (Sometimes those changes aren’t always very ‘amusing.’) Nonetheless, it is the very unpredictability of life that makes it so wonderful.”

Truth to Power –Sunday, August 9, 7pm

Cabrillo Festival concludes another extraordinary season on Sunday, August 9, with works by John Harbison, Joan Tower, and Sean Shepherd.

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison is an 81-year old American master who has yet to be featured at Cabrillo Festival—until now! Harbison’s music is “rich with lyrical outpourings” (New York Times) that are filtered through his “rigorously crafted language” (Strings Magazine). The Great Gatsby Suite—adapted from his opera, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald—abounds in cakewalks, ragtime and jazz, and is scored for orchestra, including saxophones and banjo. Composed in 2007 the work receives its West Coast premiere tonight, with Harbison in residence.

Grammy Award-winning composer Joan Tower is celebrated for her bold and energetic music. A gifted pianist, she composed her Piano Concerto (Homage to Beethoven) in 1985, infusing it with references to three of her favorite Beethoven sonatas—the Tempest, the Waldstein and Op. 111. As Cabrillo celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, soloist Stewart Goodyear—a celebrated Beethoven interpreter—tackles Tower’s virtuosic homage. His playing combines an “instinct for drama and aching lyricism with a sense of freshness, rhythmic vivacity and organic sweep (Gramophone).”

Closing out the program and Festival is Mass Appeals, a world premiere by Sean Shepherd commissioned by the Cabrillo Festival. An“exciting composer of the new American generation” (New York Times), Shepherd has earned wide acclaim and commissions from major ensembles and performers across the US and Europe. Steeping himself in the words and ideas of historic and contemporary public figures including Robespierre, Angela Davis, Abbie Hoffman and Greta Thunberg, Shepherd’s piece explores the profound impact of words, using only the language of music. Quoting music of their respective eras, Shepherd’s Mass Appeals comments on the power of language and suggests the possibilities for change, transformation and peace.

CABRILLO FESTIVAL TICKETS, SCHEDULE & SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

 

TICKETS

Festival tickets range from $30-$75 for individual concerts and $310-350 for full subscriptions. Many events are free and open to the public. The public may access information on the Festival website at www.cabrillomusic.org or call (831) 426-6966; and are encouraged to join the mailing list to receive updates.

Full Subscriptions may be ordered online, by phone (831-420-5260) or in person at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium Box Office, 307 Church Street beginning March 10; Single Tickets may be purchased beginning June 2. The Box Office is open Tuesday through Friday, 11am to 6pm, and during events.

WHERE:

All events will be held at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium at 307 Church Street in Downtown Santa Cruz.

SCHEDULE

 

Friday, July 31, 2020, 8pm – A Nation Divided

Iván Enrique Rodríguez: A Metaphor for Power (West Coast Premiere)

Kevin Puts: Second Oboe Concerto: Moonlight (Katherine Needleman, oboe) (West Coast Premiere)

Andrea Reinkemeyer: Water Sings Fire

Mason Bates: The Art of War (Mason Bates, electronica) (West Coast Premiere)

 

Saturday, August 1, 2020, 7pm – Violins of Hope

Pierre Jalbert: Passage (West Coast Premiere)

Sarah Kirkland Snider: Hiraeth (with film by Mark DeChiazza) (West Coast Premiere)

Jake Heggie: Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope (Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano; Benjamin Beilman, violin) (World Premiere | Festival Commission)

 

Sunday, August 2, 2020, 1pm–Free Family Concert

Gregory Smith: VIBE (Gregory Smith, narrator) (West Coast Premiere)

 

Sunday, August 2, 2020, 7pm–Quartet San Francisco in Concert

Featuring Quartet San Francisco

 

Thursday, August 6, 2020, 7pm – Community Night—Pay What You Can concert event

Featuring Lara Downes, Stewart Goodyear, members of the Festival Orchestra, conducted by Cristian Măcelaru

 

Saturday, August 8, 2020, 7pm – Susan B.

Stacy Garrop: For the Crime of Voting (World Premiere | Festival Commission)

         (Text from Susan B. Anthony; with recorded narration)

Paola Prestini: Hindsight: Let Me See the Sun (Lara Downes, piano)

Dan Caputo: Liminal

Christopher Rouse: Symphony No. 6 (West Coast Premiere)

 

Sunday, August 9, 2020, 7pm – Truth to Power

John Harbison: The Great Gatsby Suite (West Coast Premiere)

Joan Tower: Piano Concerto (Homage to Beethoven) (Stewart Goodyear, piano)

Sean Shepherd: Mass Appeals (World Premiere | Festival Commission)

 

3 WORLD PREMIERE FESTIVAL COMMISSIONS

Jake Heggie: Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope, orchestral version (Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano; Benjamin Beilman, violin)

Stacy Garrop: For the Crime of Voting (Text from Susan B. Anthony; with recorded narration)

Sean Shepherd: Mass Appeals

8 WEST COAST PREMIERES

Iván Enrique Rodríguez: A Metaphor for Power

Kevin Puts: Second Oboe Concerto: Moonlight (Katherine Needleman, oboe)

Mason Bates: The Art of War (Mason Bates, electronica)

Pierre Jalbert: Passage

Sarah Kirkland Snider: Hiraeth (with film by Mark DeChiazza)

Gregory Smith: VIBE (Gregory Smith, narrator)

Chris Rouse: Symphony No. 6

John Harbison: The Great Gatsby Suite

 

13COMPOSERS IN RESIDENCE

Mason Bates

Dan Caputo

Stacy Garrop

John Harbison

Jake Heggie

Pierre Jalbert

Paola Prestini

Kevin Puts

Andrea Reinkemeyer

Iván Enrique Rodríguez

Sean Shepherd

Sarah Kirkland Snider

Gregory Smith

Monterey Symphony Music Director Candidates

Music Director Search

With the departure of Music Director and Conductor Max Bragado-Darman at the end of the 2019-2020 OVATION season, the Monterey Symphony’s search for a replacement has yielded four strong candidates with impressive credentials.

The finalists include Donato Cabrera, the Music Director of the California Symphony and the Las Vegas Philharmonic; Jung-Ho Pak, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Symphony; Jayce Ogren, who has conducted many of the world’s most prominent orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and the Dallas and San Francisco Symphonies; and Peter Bay, the primary conductor for the Austin Symphony and Ballet Austin who has appeared with 75 different orchestras from Chicago and St. Louis to Germany and Austria. (For more detailed bios, see below.)

“A Music Director search gives an organization time to reflect on its roots, and where it would like to go artistically. We have a fabulous search committee with a shared philosophy. Now that we have named the finalists, we can devote all our attention to celebrating Max and his tremendous legacy,” said Nicola Reilly, the Symphony’s Executive Director. 

Bragado-Darman announced in 2018 that he would leave his position as the music director and conductor in May 2020 to give time for the Symphony to find his successor. He was hired as the symphony’s full-time music director in July 2004, after appearing with the orchestra as a frequent guest conductor in the 1990s.

 “I am humbled and honored to have served the Monterey Symphony for so many years,” he told the Monterey Herald in 2018 when announcing his departure. “Both Mary and I feel that Monterey is like a second home to us. I am deeply proud of this orchestra and consider it an absolute gem. The next two seasons, which are already planned, will be joyous for the organization.”

Support for the Music Director search was provided by the Buffett Fund at the Community Foundation for Monterey County and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation.

Meet The Candidates


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Peter Bay

Peter Bay became Music Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra in 1998 and is also Conductor of the Big Sky Festival Orchestra (MT) and Arizona Philharmonic. Maestro Bay has appeared with seventy-five different orchestras including the National, Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Baltimore, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tucson, West Virginia, Colorado, Hawaii, Sarasota, Fort Worth, Bochum (Germany), Carinthian (Austria), Lithuanian National, and Ecuador National Symphonies, the Minnesota and Algarve (Portugal) Orchestras, the Louisiana, Buffalo, Rhode Island Philharmonics, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Eastman (Postcard from Morocco) and Aspen (The Ballad of Baby Doe) Opera Theaters, and the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center. Summer music festival appearances have included Aspen and Music in the Mountains (CO), Grant Park and Ravinia (IL), Round Top (TX), OK Mozart (OK) and Skaneateles (NY).

Peter is the primary conductor for Ballet Austin. For Austin Opera he has conducted A Streetcar Named Desire, La Traviata, Turandot, and The Marriage of Figaro.

Other positions held by Bay have included Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival (CO), Britt Festival Orchestra (OR), and posts with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Richmond Symphony. Bay and the ASO with pianist Anton Nel released a critically acclaimed Bridge CD of Edward Burlingame Hill’s music. With the Richmond Symphony he recorded the US premiere of Britten’s The Sword in the Stone for Opus One Records, and with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Voices, featuring the percussion ensemble NEXUS.

In 1994, he was one of two conductors selected to participate in the Leonard Bernstein American Conductors Program. He was the first prize winner of the 1980 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Young Conductors Competition and a prize winner of the 1987 Leopold Stokowski Competition sponsored by the American Symphony Orchestra. In July 2012 he appeared in Solo Symphony, a choreographic work created for him by Allison Orr of Forklift Danceworks.

Peter is married to soprano Mela Dailey and they have a son Colin.


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Donato Cabrera

Donato Cabrera is the Music Director of the California Symphony and the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and served as the Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and the Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2009-2016.
 
Since Cabrera’s appointment as Music Director of the California Symphony in 2013, the organization has reached new artistic heights by implementing innovative programming that emphasizes welcoming newcomers and loyalists alike, building on its reputation for championing music by living composers, and committing to programming music by women and people of color. With a recently extended contract through the 2022-23 season, Cabrera continues to advise and oversee the Symphony’s music education programs and community engagement activities. Cabrera has also greatly changed the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s concert experience by expanding the scope and breadth of its orchestral concerts. Cabrera has also reenergized the Youth Concert Series by creating an engaging and interactive curriculum-based concert experience. 
 
In recent seasons, Cabrera has made impressive debuts with the National Symphony’s KC Jukebox at the Kennedy Center, Louisville Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, New West Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, and the Reno Philharmonic. In 2016, he led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in performances with Grammy Award-winning singer Lila Downs. Cabrera made his Carnegie Hall debut leading the world premiere of Mark Grey’s Atash Sorushan with soprano, Jessica Rivera.
 
Awards and fellowships include a Herbert von Karajan Conducting Fellowship at the Salzburg Festival and conducting the Nashville Symphony in the League of American Orchestra’s prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview. Donato Cabrera 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.


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Jayce Ogren

Jayce Ogren has established himself as one of the most innovative and versatile conductors of his generation.  From symphonic concerts to revolutionary community service programs to operatic world premieres,

Mr. Ogren is a leader in breaking down barriers between audiences and great music. Mr. Ogren began his career as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director of the Cleveland Youth Orchestra, a concurrent appointment he held from 2006-2009.  In the years since, he has conducted many of the world’s most prominent orchestras, including the BBC Symphony, Boston Symphony, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, the Dallas and San Francisco Symphonies, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, in programs ranging from Mozart to Beethoven through Sibelius and Bernstein, to presenting U.S. and world premieres of works by Steve Mackey and Nico Muhly.

Among the numerous progressive projects Mr. Ogren has conducted are the New York premieres of Leonard Bernstein’s only opera, A Quiet Place, and puppeteer Basil Twist’s The Rite of Spring, both at Lincoln Center; the world premiere of David Lang’s symphony for a broken orchestra, bringing together 400 student, amateur and professional musicians in Philadelphia; and the world premiere of Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown at Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

A longtime collaborator of singer/songwriter/composer Rufus Wainwright, Mr. Ogren conducted the 2012 U.S. premiere of his opera Prima Donna at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and led its recording with the BBC Symphony on Deutsche Grammaphon in 2016.  Mr. Ogren and Mr. Wainwright have since appeared together throughout the world, with ensembles such as the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France in Paris and the Toronto Symphony.

A devoted educator, Mr. Ogren was invited by renowned poet Paul Muldoon to create an interdisciplinary studio class at Princeton University for the 2017-2018 academic year.  He has worked with students at the Brevard Music Center, the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Music Academy of the West and Verbier Festival.  In 2016, he presented a unique workshop in orchestral rehearsal techniques for music teachers at Carnegie Hall in collaboration with the Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute and the Juilliard School Pre-College. For his own part, Mr. Ogren earned his Masters in conducting at the New England Conservatory and studied as a Fulbright Scholar with Jorma Panula.

A native of Hoquiam, Washington, Jayce Ogren lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Carly, an architect, and their son, Alistair.  An avid athlete, he has run the Big Sur, Boston and New York City marathons, the JFK 50 Miler trail run, and the Ironman Lake Placid triathlon.  As an individual member of 1% for the Planet, Mr. Ogren is proud to connect his artistic work with his deep love of nature and concern for the environment.


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Jung-Ho Pak

Described by the New York Times as a conductor who “radiates enthusiasm” and the Los Angeles Times as “a real grabber”, Jung-Ho Pak is known for his unique vision of the role of classical music. Since 2007 he has been Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Symphony. From 2003-2013, he has been Director of Orchestras and Music Director of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. In 2012, Mr. Pak stepped down after six seasons as Artistic Director and Conductor of Orchestra Nova (San Diego), an orchestra recognized for its innovative programs and business model. Mr. Pak is also Music Director Emeritus of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. As Music Director of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra (1997-2002), Mr. Pak led the orchestra from bankruptcy to an unprecedented financial success.

As a nationally recognized educator, he served as Music Director with the University of Southern California (USC) Symphony and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra. He has also served as Principal Conductor of the Emmy-nominated Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and as Music Director of the Debut Orchestra, International Chamber Orchestra, NEXT Chamber Orchestra, Colburn Chamber Orchestra, and Diablo Ballet. Guest conducting has taken him to Europe, Russia, South America and Asia.  Mr. Pak is also a frequent speaker on television and radio including TED Talks and NPR appearances, as well as a clinician and conductor at national music festivals.