“Cabrillo’s music reflects our times—our personal and universal challenges, desires, strivings and experiences along the spectrum from the scary to the sublime. It speaks to the urgent issues of now, inspiring, awakening and stretching us.” —Monterey County Herald
A big, bold, dynamic season reflects Music Director and Conductor Cristian Macelaru’s conviction that music should engage us in community, ignite our social conscience, and spark our imaginations. Three world premiere commissions, two U.S. premieres, and eight West Coast premieres bring a variety of sound worlds from voices both familiar and new. Twelve of our 14 composers will be in residence, and a super-star lineup of soloists will join the incredible Festival Orchestra under Maestro Măcelaru to bring the music of our time to spectacular realization. The “special sauce” at the Cabrillo Festival is always our audience! We hope you’ll plan now to join us this summer for a blockbuster season that will give you the sense of community and connection you’ve been longing for all year round.