Press Release: The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra announced today that it has renewed the contract of Peter Rubardt as Music Director through the 2013-14 concert season, with the intention of additional extensions for future seasons, to build on the long-term relationship that he and the orchestra have established. Maestro Rubardt’s tenure as Music Director began in 1997. Since that time the PSO has achieved new artistic heights and has experienced an increase in support in the community.
As Music Director, Maestro Rubardt has been instrumental in holding the orchestra to the highest artistic standards as he programmed challenging and exciting works for both the audience and the musicians. Under his guidance, the PSO has increased attendance dramatically for the Masterworks series, with last season’s attendance averaging 98% capacity. With Maestro Rubardt’s leadership, PSO introduced the Beethoven and Blue Jeans concert in the 2008-09 season, which has become the most in demand concert in each of the past two years. Featuring a mix of orchestral classics and contemporary works with a relaxed dress code and welcoming atmosphere, this concert was sold out a week ahead of the performance in the 2010-11 season.
With Maestro Rubardt’s championing of a new orchestra shell for the renovation of the Saenger Theatre, the past two seasons have seen an abundance of artistic highlights, including performances of Dvořák’s New World Symphony, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, and Holst’s The Planets.
“Having Peter renew his agreement with the PSO for three more years shows how much he continues to value his experience with the orchestra and our community,” says PSO Executive Director Bret Barrow. “The musicians and our patrons love his demeanor and value his artistry, he is critical to the success of our organization.” Symphony Board
President Tad Ihns adds, “This is great news. Peter has shown tremendous artistic leadership that has made the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra a vital part of the vibrant arts community in Pensacola. His great ability to innovate and blend great works with challenging pieces has led to a majority of sold out performances since the PSO’s move back into the renovated Saenger two years ago. This agreement will cement the future artistic guidance for the PSO and we look forward great seasons to come.”