Maestro signs on for 10 more years

Maestro signs on for 10 more years


norman lebrecht

September 08, 2021

Santa Cruz Symphony has re-engaged Daniel Stewart for ten more years. He has been music director since 2013.

“We are ecstatic to have the amazing talents of Maestro Stewart for another decade,” said Linda Burroughs, board president. “I cannot use enough superlatives. He has brought acclaim to our Symphony, which is quite impressive for an orchestra performing in a small community. Donors and sponsors tell us that they support the Symphony specifically because they love Danny and his visionary programming.”


  • Barry Guerrero says:

    Given that I now live in this beautiful, yet self-satisfied, provincial and thoroughly mediocre town (I call it “Whatever-ville” [Watsonville is right down the highway]), I think this is incredibly good news! They’ve even put on a few Mahler symphonies, including an excellent performance of the “Resurrection” Symphony. The old Civic Auditorium sounds pretty good too. This makes me feel better.

  • drummerman says:

    Most unusual for a U.S. orchestra to offer a ten year contract. We wish him well.

  • Frank says:

    Just goes to show that commitment can be rewarded – one doesn’t need to jet between three or more jobs + guesting gigs to have a ‘profile’

  • fflambeau says:

    Santa Cruz is a beautiful town. Congratulations to the city an to the Maestro! By the way, he does have a side gig as Music Director of the the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. He is a talented Curtis grad.

    • Barry Guerrero says:

      That S.F.S. Youth Orchestra has put out a CD of Mahler 1 in a live performance from Berlin’s Philharmonie. It’s really good! . . . Donato Cabrera conducted on that.