The world meets at Cabrillo…
Each summer Cabrillo Festival brings together music lovers, community members, professional orchestra players and extraordinary composers for an inspired gathering that offers a musical experience like no other. This season, Music Director Cristi Măcelaru summons voices from around the globe and across diverse cultural backgrounds to present 18 contemporary works that reflect the human spirit and the stories we tell, the grandeur of the planet, and the vastness of the cosmos. You’re invited to journey deep into the creative process through our open rehearsals and the intoxicating experience of live performance. Cabrillo Festival delivers spectacular musicianship, coupled with a warm and welcoming environment for listeners at all levels, plus that famously special Santa Cruz vibe. There are few things more thrilling, and you’re invited to join the fun!
Starting in May, Full Subscriptions and Advance Single Tickets may be ordered online, the Priority Seating deadline is May 31. Are you on our mailing list for early notification?
All events take place at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.
SAT, July 28: Donors Concert (free for donors $250+ | make your contribution now!)
SUN, JULY 29: Open Rehearsals Begin (and continue through Aug 10)
FRI, AUG 3: Opening Night: Aural Histories Orchestra Concert
SAT & SUN, AUG 4 & 5: Church Street Fair
SAT, AUG 4: After Dixieland Orchestra Concert
SUN, AUG 5: Kronos Quartet in the Blue Room Chamber Concert
NEW! THURS, AUG 9: Pay-what-you-can Community Night Concert
SAT, AUG 11: Notes from a Journey Orchestra Concert
SUN, AUG 12: Of Other Worlds Orchestra Concert
Please note: In 2018 the Cabrillo Festival will return to Saturday and Sunday for our second weekend, and all concerts will begin at 7pm! (Opening Night will begin at 7pm with a talk, concert at 8pm). Join our mailing list to receive more Festival news right to your inbox!
“Watching Cristi at the podium last weekend, there can be no doubt… he is a consummate master of this realm, a daredevil maybe, but one who knows exactly how fast to take the hairpin curves, when to ease the pace and reengage full throttle. It’s an exhilarating ride and returns you to your seat in one piece, probably changed a little from the journey.” —Santa Cruz Sentinel