Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Monterey Symphony Announces Return to Live Performances and Music Director Search

  The Monterey Symphony will be resuming its Music Director search beginning February of 2022. 

Carmel/Monterey, CA, May 18, 2021 – The Monterey Symphony will be resuming its Music Director search beginning February of 2022. Four finalists – Donato Cabrera, Peter Bay, Jung-Ho Pak, and Jayce Ogren – will conduct a weekend of concerts with the Symphony at Sunset Center in Carmel. Full bios can be found on the Symphony’s website.


The Symphony launched its search for a new Music Director in January of 2019. Music Director Emeritus Max Bragado-Darman officially retired in May of 2020. The Symphony was scheduled to bring the four finalists in starting October of 2020, but the pandemic prevented any full orchestra performances. The Symphony intends to appoint its next Music Director in May of 2022. 

The finalists will each be joined by a soloist. 

CABRERA (February 19 and 20, 2022) featuring Julian Schwarz, cello 

BAY (March 19 and 20, 2022) featuring Simone Porter, violin 

PAK (April 16 and 17, 2022) featuring Rachel Barton Pine, violin 

OGREN (May 14 and 15, 2022) featuring Philippe Bianconi, piano 

Full programming details will be announced September 1, 2021. The Symphony also anticipates announcing a fall season later this summer, pending county health guidelines. 

The Monterey Symphony was founded in 1946 and incorporated in 1947. The Symphony’s mission is to engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music. 

For press inquires, contact: Nicola Reilly, Executive Director, nreilly@montereysymphony.org  or 831-645-1131 (Direct). 

Marci Bracco Cain
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