Marin Alsop’s 25th and final season at the helm of the Festival was an opportunity to collect special messages and memories from audience, orchestra and artists alike. We have compiled these messages here, please enjoy!
Having worked with Marin at Cabrillo on 7 pieces thus far, with my 8th coming up, it’s almost impossible to pick a favorite moment. They have all be absolutely fantastic and inspiring…that’s what makes Marin special. She’s a dream conductor, especially for living composers, and everyone can feel her enthusiasm, skill and passion for the music. But I guess the memory that will always stand out for me is her conducting my wedding ceremony the day after we did “Concerto 4-3”. So the optimal word and true essence is, Joy! She brings it to everything! Thank you, Marin! —Jennifer Higdon
There’s no adequate way for me to speak of my relationship with Marin without resorting to hyperbole. We have known each other and worked together for many years, both at Cabrillo and elsewhere. Marin has been the kind of champion a composer dreams of, not only because of her generosity in programming my works so often but also because of the extraordinary understanding she brings to her performances of them. She conducts my music so beautifully that I no longer even need to comment beyond “Thank you!” What a lucky fellow I’ve been to have such a perfect collaborator! —Christopher Rouse
Thank you Marin for your incredible 25 years of music making at Cabrillo! I will always cherish the wonderful memories of working with you and the orchestra in rehearsals and in the marvelous space at San Juan Bautista in the summers of 2010 and 2011. The world of new music is forever in your debt. All best wishes to you and your family! —Pierre Jalbert
Tons of inspiring memories from Cabrillo 2015, but the one that will stay with me forever is from the Family Concert. Marin was introducing four percussionists who were going to demo the instruments with a percussion ensemble piece, but… no 4th percussionist. After a few minutes of clever banter with the audience to stall for time, she decided to just sit in and play the 4th percussion part herself! She happily did her best at sight-reading the part, in front of a large audience, on an instrument she doesn’t play, and sounded pretty damn good!
I simply cannot imagine another conductor of her stature doing this, and I think it shows off all of her strengths for which she is so well known as a conductor: boldness, joy, tenacity, passion, pedagogy, advocacy. It was such a pleasure getting to work with her in the Conductor/Composer Workshop, and I send best wishes for her final season with Cabrillo! —Brendan Faegre
My experiences at Cabrillo have been so extremely memorable and significant for me – bookended by my US debut there in 1996 aged 19 and seeing the co-commission of James MacMillan’s new concerto in 2015. Marin’s vision has been wildly adventurous yet presented with such passion, and, of course, good humour. I salute her and the orchestra most keenly in this anniversary year. —Colin Currie
I have been overwhelmed that Marin has championed my music on both sides of the Atlantic for many years. I have heard great performances of my work given by her in London, Glasgow, Baltimore and of course, Cabrillo. She is a true friend of the living composer, and many of us owe her a lot. My trips to Cabrillo were very special and I loved being able to bring my family with me on the first visit. I will always remember Marin’s exciting premiere of Woman of the Apocalypse there a few years ago. I look forward to maintaining my connection with this wonderful musician and I send all my best wishes for the future of the inspiring Cabrillo festival. —James MacMillan