12 February, 2014
[I apologize for being so slow to post this.]
The General Director of the Sacramento Region Performing Arts Alliance Robert Tannenbaum has tendered his resignation for personal and professional reasons effective April 6, 2014.
Rob is moving to Southern California but has said he would like to continue his professional relationship with the Alliance as a consultant and/or artistic director. While the Alliance is exploring those possibilities, it is also launching a wide search for his replacement.
Rob joined the Alliance at a very difficult time, when Sacramento’s Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra had just merged, and the Alliance was attempting to blend these two organizations into one rich asset to bring operatic and symphonic excellence to our community. Rob was instrumental in that effort and the Alliance has benefited greatly from his expertise – as will again be evident in the Alliance’s production later this month of Il Trovatore, directed by Rob.
The financial viability of the Alliance was significantly enhanced earlier this month by a $500,000 donation from the Teel Foundation. With that kind of support, the Alliance is optimistic about finding an immediate solution to the leadership issue resulting from Rob’s departure and looks forward to many more stellar performances of the orchestra and the opera.
David E. Lindgren
President of Board of Directors
Sacramento Region Performing Arts Alliance
[Tannenbaum came to Sacramento from Germany and didn't really realize that finances are the chief concern of American arts organizations.]