After more than a decade of extraordinary music-making in Colorado Springs, Maestro Josep Caballé-Domenech has decided to bring his tenure as Music Director to a close. We are all saddened to receive this news, but we take heart that Josep has made such an enormous contribution to our Philharmonic and our community. Josep will continue to serve as Music Director for the remainder of this concert season and next season, so we will have time to celebrate his remarkable work.
Josep is the ninth music director of this orchestra and, at eleven years, holds the second-longest tenure of any of his predecessors. Under his leadership, the Philharmonic has made artistic achievements once thought unattainable.
In 2011 Josep stepped to our podium for the first time, and the magic he created with the musicians of the Philharmonic was electrifying. It was clear in that moment he was the one to lead the orchestra to a new era of artistic excellence.
We celebrate so many landmark performances during Josep’s time in Colorado Springs. In addition to attracting world-renowned artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, James Galway, Jan Vogler, and Conrad Tao performing a breadth of masterworks, Josep also introduced the music of new composers. Memorably, during the Philharmonic’s 90th Anniversary Season, new commissions were premiered by six American composers taking inspiration from “America the Beautiful” – bringing breathtaking new works to Colorado Springs audiences. A remarkable Bernstein Festival and the unforgettable performances of Mahler’s 6th Symphony only begins the list of eleven years of amazing live performances, and we look forward to many more this season and next.
The Philharmonic will be honoring his legacy and looking toward the future. Please join us in applauding the indomitable spirit of Josep Caballé-Domenech!