The Prince George Symphony Orchestra has set a new course for its 2015-16 season and beyond, one general manager Jeremy Stewart says will provide “greater long-term stability, an enhanced local focus to the organization and measures to strengthen our local musical culture.”
Despite excellent patron support, sponsorships and public funding, the PGSO’s continued financial challenges led board members to initiate a “new strategic plan,” he said in an April 1 press release.
“It highlights a vision to replace the artistic emphasis on imported musicians with a focus on our own local talent,” said Stewart. “But change, however positive, does not come without cost – the most significant of which is the departure of music director Kevin Zakresky.”
Board chair Teresa Saunders said:
“It is with deep regret that we announce that Dr. Zakresky will not continuing in his position with us at the end of his three-year contract in May. We very much appreciate and acknowledge the hard work, enthusiasm, phenomenal artistry and showmanship of Dr. Zakresky. He has been a very popular conductor and will be missed. We wish him the best as he moves forward in what will no doubt be a stellar musical career.”
Concert master Jose Delgado-Guevara has been appointed as interim music director for the 2015-2016 season. An experienced conductor and strings expert, Delgado-Guevara will bring his knowledge of the local music scene to bear on the tasks outlined in the board’s strategic plan, said Stewart.
The PGSO has posted the strategic plan on its website at www.pgso.com.