Rachael Worby resigns as music director of the Pasadena Pops

Los Angeles Times | Aug. 11, 2010 3:37 p.m. PT
Rachael Worby resigns as music director of the Pasadena Pops

Rachael Worby resigned Wednesday as music director of the Pasadena Pops, ending a tenure that dates back to 1999. Worby will finish the current season with programs on Saturday and on Sept. 25.

Worby gave no reason for her departure in a brief statement announcing her resignation, saying only that “Being music director…has been a joyful, fulfilling experience. I wish the Pasadena Symphony-Pops all continued success.”

Her departure follows the contentious May exit of Jorge Mester after many years as leader of the Pops’ companion orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony. Orchestra officials said he resigned; Mester’s manager said he’d been fired. The Symphony and Pops have struggled financially since their 2007 merger, and are in the process of restructuring their business operations. Mester and Worby both took 10% pay cuts last year; Worby had earned $137,000 in 2007-08, according to the orchestras’ public tax filing.

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