“Recently hired general director Rob Tannenbaum has resigned as head of the Sacramento Region Performing Arts Alliance—the merged organization formed out of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, the alliance announced Wednesday,” writes Edward Ortiz in Wednesday’s (2/12) Sacramento Bee (California). “Tannenbaum, who became the alliance’s first general director last July, tendered his resignation to the board on January 31. His last day with the organization will be April 6, at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season. Tannenbaum said he chose to leave for ‘personal and professional reasons’ … The merged Sacramento Opera and Philharmonic … have struggled financially since 2008. … The Philharmonic has been led by an interim executive director since it let former executive director Marc Feldman go in 2011…. Tannenbaum had come up with a plan for next year that included downsizing the opera’s offerings from grand productions to chamber works, which could be performed either in smaller concert halls or unconventional locations such as train stations or malls.” Board member Sandy Smoley said, “We’re looking for a replacement, but probably on an interim basis, until we see the direction we want to go next season. However, we’re united in one thing—we want the orchestra and opera to continue.”

Posted February 14, 2014