Orchestra Nova cancels 2012-2013 season


Orchestra Nova San Diego announced Oct. 26 that it has cancelled the remaining concerts for the 2012 –2013 season. This comes after an impasse in union negotiations, the resignation of its conductor and artistic director Jung-Ho Pak, and the decision to cancel its October concert series Amadeus In Concert.

CEO Beverly Lambert said, “We cancelled the October concert series due to the threat of a last-minute strike, as happened with the Chicago symphony in September. This would have left us with a concert hall full of ticket holders, guest artists waiting to perform, and no concert to give. We had to eliminate the possibility of such a scenario and, therefore, cancelled the October concerts. Thereafter, with no reasonable hope of a successful outcome to the negotiations and the loss of our conductor, it was virtually impossible to deliver the rest of our season.

“Our ticket holders have always been our highest priority and providing them with the most engaging and inspiring entertainment experience possible is paramount. Although we will not be able to deliver our concerts, we are quite pleased to announce that we have successfully partnered with over 20 arts organizations in San Diego County who have agreed to honor Orchestra Nova tickets for their high-quality events, exhibitions and performances. These groups include some of the most respected and sought-after arts providers in the country, and we are most grateful for their generosity and concern for Orchestra Nova guests.”

Board chair Leslie Mittanck concluded, “We would like to thank our beloved guests and the organizations that have stepped up to offer their excellent programs to replace the Nova concerts. We appreciate your support as we weigh our options for Orchestra Nova’s future.”

Orchestra Nova Arts Exchange Program Participants*

California Center for the Arts, Escondido – Escondido

California Chamber Orchestra – Temecula

Cygnet Theatre – San Diego

Hershey Felder Presents (Birch North Park Theatre) – San Diego

La Jolla Music Society – La Jolla

La Jolla Playhouse – La Jolla

La Jolla Symphony – La Jolla

Lamb’s Players Theatre – Coronado

Lux Art Institute – Encinitas

Mainly Mozart – San Diego

Malashock Dance – San Diego

Museum of Making Music – Carlsbad

Museum of Photographic Art – San Diego

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego – La Jolla

Oceanside Museum of Art – Oceanside

The Old Globe – San Diego

Poway Center for the Arts – Poway

Sacra Profana – Various Locations

San Diego Ballet – Various Locations

San Diego Dance Theatre – San Diego

San Diego Symphony – San Diego

Timken Museum of Art – San Diego

Detailed information (including dates) for each eligible event/performance/exhibition/admission for each organization will be on Orchestra Nova’s website ( by the end of the day Friday, Oct. 26.

Additional organizations may be added; please check the Orchestra Nova website for updated information as it becomes available.