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CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC WINS 2008-2009 ASCAP AWARD: THE JOHN S. EDWARDS AWARD FOR STRONGEST COMMITMENT TO NEW AMERICAN MUSIC
SANTA CRUZ, CA-June 11, 2009-The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music will be honored with a 2008-2009 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the John S Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music, in an awards ceremony today at the League of American Orchestras’ 64th Annual Conference in Chicago.
ASCAP and the League of American Orchestras present the ASCAP awards each year to orchestras of all sizes for programs that challenge the audience, build the repertoire, and increase interest in music of our time.
The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, America’s longest running new music festival dedicated to orchestra, has won the national ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music in the Festival orchestra category every year since 1982. This year’s award, the John S. Edward Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music, is the top ASCAP award, and a first for the Cabrillo Festival.
“It is a great honor to receive this national recognition for the Cabrillo Festival’s longstanding role in championing new works for orchestra and in engaging audiences in innovative and meaningful ways,” said Festival Music Director and Conductor Marin Alsop. “The Festival is a source of great discovery and inspiration for me, and the commitment and involvement of so many have brought us to this wonderful culmination.”
Previous recipients of the John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music include the Minnesota Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Seattle Symphony, among many others.
Led by Maestra Alsop, the Cabrillo Festival is poised to celebrate its 47th season in Santa Cruz, California, August 2-16, 2009. The Festival, celebrated for its commitment to new American music, widens its commitment this year and takes its programming global-with works by the hottest composers from Argentina, Australia, Finland, Israel, Mexico, Scotland, the UK and the US. This season includes one World premiere, five US premieres and three West Coast premieres. The ten composers-in-residence for 2009 include: Enrico Chapela (Mexico), 2009 Grawemeyer Award-winner Brett Dean (Australia), Avner Dorman (Israel), Grammy-award winner Osvaldo Golijov (Argentina), David Heath (United Kingdom), Matthew Hindson (Australia), Lee Johnson (US), Ingram Marshall (US), Kevin Puts (US), and Joby Talbot (UK). The season will also feature works by composers James MacMillan (Scotland), Pulitzer-Prize winner Aaron Jay Kernis (US), Grawemeyer Award-winner George Tsontakis (US) and Magnus Lindberg (Finland).
Tickets go on sale next week on June 15 and range from $30-$50 with many events free and open to the public. Information is available at cabrillomusic.org or (831) 426-6966.