The Cabrillo Festival announces that Maestra Marin Alsop will step down as Music Director and Conductor following her 25th anniversary season, August 2016. As a Festival audience member, donor, fan, participant, and/or volunteer, we know you will join us in expressing our tremendous appreciation to Marin for the work she has done to build the Festival Orchestra, grow our devoted audience, and secure the Festival organization to the point of great strength and impact it now enjoys. You can find more information about this announcement in a special message from Board President Jim Petersen and Executive Director Ellen Primack, and in this Press Release. We will share updates as soon as possible!
We have just wrapped a fabulous 2015 season! The Financial Times said it best: “In her 24 years at the helm, Marin Alsop has brought both cohesion and a rationale to northern California’s oldest contemporary music festival. Those qualities, plus a trio of recent and appealing orchestral essays, pervaded the opening concert of the 53-year-old celebration Friday evening. Not only has the conductor established ongoing relationships with composers of all ages, she remains fiercely loyal to many of them. The festival orchestra, recruited annually from around the globe, demonstrates a comparable fealty to Alsop. Performances here often burn with conviction.”
Thank you for your participation as an artist, audience member, volunteer, or donor, and even far-away friend. We offer heartfelt thanks for your passionate support of new music and for this Festival.