What a moment it will be when Maestro Cristian Macelaru steps up to the podium as the Cabrillo Festival’s new Music Director and Conductor! Cristi comes as a rising-star conductor with countless ideas, boundless energy, and enormous enthusiasm to forge meaningful partnerships with our extraordinary orchestra and with this community. He begins his tenure with premiere-filled programs of new works and fresh re-orchestrations by an esteemed group of composers—some familiar and others new to Festival audiences. Among this season’s highlights are seven world premieres; eleven composers in residence; a stunning roster of international guest artists, including the return of Evelyn Glennie; and two special tributes—one to commemorate Lou Harrison’s centenary, and another honoring John Adams’ 70th birthday. Cristi’s inaugural season reflects his deeply held belief that art can and must start conversations about important issues of our time, as well as spark joy and celebrate the human spirit. 2017 marks the beginning of a new era for new music, driven by the creative catalyst that is the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and guided by a visionary new leader.