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Cabrillo Music Festival History

Festival History & Archives

Here you'll find countless fun and informative ways to explore the ever-growing legacy of Cabrillo Festival.

FESTIVAL HISTORY: Read all about the origins of "America’s most important festival of new orchestral music."

50TH ANNIVERSARY FLIPBOOK: Excerpted from our 2012 commemorative Program Guide, this digital publication features an expanded and illustrated history of the Festival's first 50 years. You can scroll, flip, zoom, and even search by name!

SEARCHABLE PROGRAM HISTORY: A detailed database of all the works performed at the Festival since its inception in 1963. You'll find information on composers, conductors, guest artists, premiere status, and more!

PAST SEASONS: Website pages from past seasons, including concert descriptions, artist biographies and program notes.

LOOK/LISTEN: Audio, Video, and Still image selections from the Festival's archival collection.





Photo caption (clockwise beginning L): Sticky Wicket coffeehouse, Aptos, 1960s; Dennis Russell Davies, Gerhard Samuel, Marin Alsop, Aaron Copland, and Carlos Chávez