On Opening Night of the 2016 season, President of the League of American Orchestras, Jesse Rosen, stated to a capacity crowd, “Cabrillo Festival is like a crucible of creativity…and all of America’s orchestras look to what happens at Cabrillo because the Festival has really set the standard for fostering creativity and demonstrating an unbelievably genuine and rich relationship with its community.”
The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, even at a seasoned 55 years old, is all about the new—the here and now of contemporary works for orchestra. To quote Financial Times music critic Allan Ulrich, “…in the surf mecca of Santa Cruz, 75 miles south of San Francisco, the Cabrillo Festival has made the contemporary repertoire sound urgent, indispensable and even sexy.”
During the first two weeks of August each year, audiences are joined by both preeminent and emerging composers, an orchestra of dedicated professional musicians, and renowned guest artists from across the globe to give voice to works which are rarely more than a year or two old, and sometimes still wet on the page. The opportunity for composers to work with musicians skilled and enthusiastic about bringing these new works to life, in the beautiful coastal, college-town of Santa Cruz, California, makes this an artistic paradise. With a professional training workshop for early career conductors and composers, open rehearsals almost daily, educational programming for all ages, the Church Street Fair showcasing Santa Cruz County performers and artists, and much more, the Cabrillo Festival has dozens of opportunities for meaningful engagement.
Led from 1992-2016 by Maestra Marin Alsop (now Music Director Laureate), we now embark on a new era of artistic leadership with the appointment of our next Music Director and Conductor, Cristian Macelaru. 2017 marks an historic moment in Cabrillo Festival history and you’re invited to join us for this landmark season—July 30-August 12, 2017! Please mark your calendars now and continue to explore our website as the season approaches.
Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music is a non-profit 501 (c).