When an orchestra and a music director tire of each other’s company, they usually announce the parting of ways with expressions of mutual regret at a date two or three years down the road.
In Augusta, Georgia, they have no patience for such courtesies.
An official news release said that ‘after seven seasons leading the Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Maestro Shizuo Z Kuwahara is leaving to pursue other opportunities’.
His departure is ‘effective immediately’.
The maestro said: We have made many great accomplishments together, and I want to sincerely thank you for making my 7 years of directorship such a fruitful experience. I am confident that the organization is in good hands with the wonderful board, staff members, and especially the talented musicians playing in the orchestra. I hope to see great things from the orchestra as the symphony moves into the Miller Theater and beyond. Enjoy the wonderful season coming up, and I hope to see you again soon!’
Shizuo is a past winner of the Solti conducting competition.