After 11 years as conductor of the San Bernardino Symphony, Carlo Ponti Jr. is stepping down. His final concert of the orchestra’s 2011-2012 season will be May 19.
Frank Fetta, conductor of the Redlands Bowl's summer concerts and a frequent guest conductor with the San Bernardino Symphony, will assume Ponti's post for the 2012-13 season.
"[Ponti] brought the orchestra to unprecedented levels of artistic achievement," symphony board president Mary Schnepp said in a news release. "Under his leadership, donations and subscriptions rose to unprecedented levels.... He will be missed."
A statement from Ponti said that the “orchestra, its musicians, board members and staff will always hold a special place in my heart," but gave no reason for his departure.