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!
Marin, thank you for the most thrilling, challenging, and fulfilling weeks of my year, each and every season; I have never worked in such an enthusiastic and egalitarian orchestra as the Cabrillo Festival orchestra. Your leadership has been an inspiration for me to keep moving forward and challenge the status quo – as a musician, a woman, and a human being. With deepest gratitude… —Sarah Shellman, violin
Thank you, Marin, for some of the most touching and personal musical experiences of my life. You will always be an inspiration to me. —Matt Means, violin
Thank you, Marin, for 25 wonderful years! All the best, Nicky Roosevelt, horn
Thanks for the twenty five years you’ve given me. My Cabrillo experience has been the most rewarding of my musical life. Heart felt thanks to the whole team, including the volunteers and financial supporters who have made this possible, and especially to the one and only Marin. She has lightened the load with her staggering musical ablilities, leadership, insight, energy and humor. What a pleasure to be nourished by her genius! —Virginia Kron, cello
Thank you Marin for an incredible 25 years of incredible leadership and musicianship. I have been so fortunate to work with you during the last 10. It has been a truly fantastic ride. You will be sorely missed. —Craig Morris, trumpet
Every year, Cabrillo was the highlight of my year, and my Cabrillo years were the highlight of my entire career as a violinist. Marin’s impeccable conducting was the main contributor aside from the great music. My now 9 year old son knows the story my husband and I have told him several times: when he and his dad came to see a rehearsal, when he was about a year old, his dad rocked with him so he wouldn’t make noise. Apparently the rocking was distracting to the musicians. Marin turned around and said, “will the man with the dancing baby please move out of the musicians’ sight.” Since then, my husband’s nickname is “the man with the dancing baby,” and Aden’s nickname is “the dancing baby.” We love it! —Ziva Patt-Rappaport, violin