Davis, in his last year of a three-year contract with the PSO, was to have conducted five more weeks of subscription concerts. Leonard Slatkin will conduct the first of these engagements; the remaining substitutions are yet to be announced.
"I have enjoyed my work with the PSO over the last two seasons and hope to find a date to return in a future season as a guest conductor, " said Davis in a statement. "The PSO has recently found its next music director (Manfred Honeck) and still has two excellent titled conductors (Yan Pascal Tortelier and Marek Janowski) in place for this season. With the orchestra in such good hands, it seemed like an opportune time to refocus my energies."
PSO president Lawrence Tamburri expressed gratitude to Davis for his time with the orchestra. "We look forward to seeing him back on the podium in the future," he said.