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CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

ANNOUNCES ITS 51st SEASON

Nine composers in residence, two world premiere Festival commissions, two US premieres, two West Coast premieres and the 40th Anniversary of Kronos Quartet celebrated at this year’s Festival

SANTA CRUZ, Ca.—April 18, 2013—The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, America’s longest running festival dedicated to new music for orchestra, is pleased to announce programming for its 51st season, August 2-11, 2013.

Since 1992 the Cabrillo Festival has been led by esteemed Music Director and Conductor Marin Alsop – who will make history once again this September when she becomes the first woman to conduct the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms. For this year’s Cabrillo Festival Alsop welcomes international young talents for their debuts, and presents works by thirteen composers, with ten in residence. Celebrated by the New York Times as a “new-music mecca” the Festival’s season highlights include two world premiere Festival commissions, two US premieres, and two West Coast premieres.

The Festival’s world premieres include a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts for star flutist Adam Walker and a new work by emerging composer Sean Friar. Works by preeminent composers Brett Dean and Philip Glass will receive their US premieres, and Christopher Rouse and George Walker each have West Coast premieres featured. Also this season cellist Johannes Moser makes his Festival debut in Enrico Chapela’s Magnetar; and the Festival presents the American debut of Emil Jonason, a charismatic Swedish clarinetist who came to the world stage with his 2012 performance at the Nobel Prize ceremonies. The Festival also welcomes back the ultimate chamber music crusaders, Kronos Quartet, who celebrate their 40th Anniversary.

In addition to the featured evening concerts, the Festival continues its tradition of hosting open rehearsals, pre-rehearsal talks, and the Conductors/Composers Workshop, a professional training program focusing on the creation and performance of new music. Open rehearsals begin on Sunday evening, July 28, 2013.

The nine composers-in-residence for 2013 are Derek Bermel, Enrico Chapela, Anna Clyne, Sean Friar, Thomas Newman, Andrew Norman, Kevin Puts, Gregory Smith and George Walker. The Festival will also feature US premiere works by renowned composers Brett Dean and Philip Glass.

Dust Dances: Friday, August 2, 8pm – Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
The Cabrillo Festival kicks off its 51st Season on Friday, August 2 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Maestra Marin Alsop leads the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in three works, including one world premiere Festival commission and one West Coast premiere. Derek Bermel’s Dust Dances comes out of the rhythmically intricate gyil music prevalent in West Africa (Ghana, southern Burkina Faso, and northeastern Ivory Coast). Bermel translates into orchestral idioms a typical session of two gyil players and a drummer. More than either African or American music, Dust Dances is a hybrid work that joins the rhythmic complexity of West African music with the harmonic structure of American concert music. Of Bermel’s music San Francisco Chronicle music critic Joshua Kosman wrote “It's hard to know what to be more dazzled by in the music of composer Derek Bermel — the range of stylistic voices he cultivates or the profusion of ingenuity, beauty and wit he brings to everything he touches.” The world premiere of Festival veteran Kevin Puts’ Flute Concerto follows, written for and featuring Adam Walker, principal flautist of the London Symphony Orchestra, who makes his US solo debut. A winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, 41-year-old Puts is known for his distinctive and richly colored musical voice. Alsop has championed Puts’ work for over a decade, having first presented his Symphony No. 2: Island of Innocence in 2003, when Puts was still an emerging composer. The concert closes with the West Coast premiere of a major new work by Pulitzer-winning Christopher Rouse, another composer Alsop has championed for years. Rouse’s Symphony No. 3 takes as its stepping-off point the two-movement form of Prokofiev’s Symphony No.2, itself influenced by Beethoven’s final piano sonata op.111. “It leaves you almost reeling — in a good way,” wrote The Baltimore Sun music critic Tim Smith. “The composer has always been capable of summoning massive orchestral firepower, and he does so here in fiercely aggressive fashion. But he also achieves passages of darkly expressive beauty that get under the skin.”

 

Fire Music: Saturday, August 3, 8pm, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

Tonight two composers in residence and the world’s most renowned string quartet join Maestra Marin Alsop and the Festival Orchestra for a program of evocative works that find their roots in each composer’s deep sense of place. Opening the concert is a world premiere Festival commission by 28-year-old Sean Friar, the youngest winner of the Rome Prize in more than 25 years. Friar was selected by composer John Adams in an ongoing collaboration with the Festival to feature emerging young talents. The world premiere of Sean Friar’s Noise Gate is inspired by Friar’s delight in being able, within just minutes, to travel from the urban hustle and cacophony of L.A. to pockets of peaceful seclusion in nature where the volume of the city gets tuned out, as the sounds of the natural environment get turned up–much like the computer hardware and software called “noise gate” used to control the volume of an audio signal. Alsop next leads the Festival Orchestra through Thomas Newman’s It Got Dark, featuring the Grammy-award winning Kronos Quartet, whom Newman originally composed this work for. Newman, who has composed music for more than 50 motion pictures and television series, (including American Beauty, Shawshank Redemption, Finding Nemo, WALL-E, Six Feet Under and Skyfall) has earned eleven Academy Award nominations and five Grammy Awards. It Got Dark is the result of Newman’s many years of collecting ephemera–photographs, postcards and recorded interviews–from the areas surrounding his home on the west side of Los Angeles.  Newman writes, “I always meant to organize them in a way that shed light or cast shadow over what is now vs. what was then, and my unique position of seeing both at once… To that end, it is music of loss and memory, much distorted by my interpretation of hope and hopelessness, sorrow and joy.” The US premiere of Fire Music, a work by Grawemeyer-winning composer Brett Dean, closes out Saturday night’s program. Dean wrote Fire Music in response to the “Black Saturday” bushfires of 2009, a catastrophic series of fires that took place across the state of Victoria, and resulted in Australia's highest ever loss of life from a bushfire. Dean wrote, “Whilst the 2009 fires obviously had utterly disastrous consequences, fire can also cleanse and replenish; these thoughts, as well as its use in ritual, informed aspects of my Fire Music.”

Free Family Concert: The Animated Orchestra - Sunday, August 4, 1pm -
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
The Cabrillo Festival hosts its annual Free Family Concert on Sunday, August 4. Designed to introduce kids to the wonderful world of orchestral music, this annual concert is suitable for adults too! This year the Festival brings back the hit work, The Animated Orchestra, composed and narrated by Gregory (Rians) Smith, whose family/educational concert works are among the most performed in the genre. The Animated Orchestra is a narrated work about a cartoon score being performed at a symphony concert. The hero of the cartoon is a ferret (an animal known for its insatiable curiosity and playfulness) that sneaks into an instrument repair shop owned by a sleepy older gentleman. All sorts of adventures ensue as the ferret explores the shop’s many instruments. The concert begins with the popular Tour of the Orchestra where kids can make an up-close and personal connection to the different instruments and players.

In the Blue Room with the Kronos Quartet – Sunday, August 4, 8pm – Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

The San Francisco-based, Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet – David Harrington, John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola) and Sunny Jungin Yang (cello) – celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a very special anniversary program. Over the past four decades this venerable quartet has built a reputation as one of the most influential groups of our time, and has performed thousands of concerts around the world, released more than 45 recordings, collaborated with the world’s most eclectic composers and performers, and commissioned more than 750 new works and arrangements for string quartet. Their 40th Anniversary program exemplifies their commitment to expanding the range of the string quartet and includes six works. Four of the pieces were written expressly for the Kronos Quartet - Michael Gordon’s Clouded Yellow, Nicole Lizée’s Death to Kosmische, Pamela Z’s And the Movement of the Tongue, and a new work by Amon Tobin. Also on the program are Richard Wagner’s Prelude from Tristan and Isolde, arranged for Kronos by Aleksandra Vrebalov and Alter Yechiel Karniol’s Sim Sholom, arranged for Kronos by Judith Berkson.

Magnetar: Saturday, August 10, 8pm – Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

The second weekend of the Cabrillo Festival kicks off on Saturday, August 10 with Andrew Norman’s Unstuck, a kinetic work that explores a moment in time when Norman overcame a tough period of writer’s block. It was reading a line from Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five (“Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time”) that made Norman realize that “the lack of coherence in my ideas was to be embraced and explored, not overcome.” Andrew Norman is composer in residence of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and his music has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times for its “Chaplinesque” wit and in the New York Times for its “daring juxtapositions and dazzling colors.” Norman made his Festival debut last season with the wildly successful performance of his Gran Turismo for eight violinists. Enrico Chapela’s concerto for electric cello and orchestra, Magnetar, features cellist Johannes Moser, hailed by Gramophone Magazine as “one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists.” This work was inspired by a magnetar, a rare type of pulsar that has the biggest magnetic field in the universe. Strings Magazine celebrated this work as a “major e-cello concerto ... rich in jazz, rock, and Latin-American influences, and quotations, that are seamlessly integrated ... For 25 minutes, Chapela charts a riveting narrative of sounds that create their own reality of love, excitement, and drama.” The evening closes with the US premiere of renowned composer Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 10, an astounding five-movement work.  Few composers have as defined a voice and as prolific and broad reaching a musical career as the iconic Philip Glass, and the Cabrillo Festival has championed his work for four decades. Symphony No. 10 received its world premiere in France under the baton of Dennis Russell Davies and tonight it receives its US premiere with Marin Alsop and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. The work includes five movements, the last of which is Black and White Scherzo, first heard at the Cabrillo Festival in 2011 when it was written and performed in dedication to Alsop on the occasion of her 20th anniversary.

Music at the Mission, Night Ferry: Sunday, August 11, 4pm and 7:30pm – Mission San Juan Bautista

Tonight marks the 40th anniversary of Cabrillo’s Grand Finale performances in the magnificent sanctuary of Mission San Juan Bautista and features works by composers George Walker, Magnus Lindberg and Anna Clyne. The Pulitzer-prize winning George Walker joins the audience for the West Coast premiere of Sinfonia No. 4 Strands, a complex, intense and compact one-movement work. The subtitle of the piece, Strands, refers to the interplay of several melodic and motivic elements that are fused into a mosaic-like texture. At 91 years old, Walker has published more than 90 compositions and been performed by virtually every major orchestra in the United States, and many others throughout the world. Alsop then leads the Festival Orchestra through Magnus Lindberg’s Clarinet Concerto, one of his most popular scores to date. Celebrated by The Times as “a perfect concerto, perfectly performed ...if there's any justice it will soon be as oft-performed as Mozart's concerto,” it features leading Scandinavian clarinetist Emil Jonason. The Festival culminates with Anna Clyne’s Night Ferry. In writing this work the London-born composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music said she was intrigued by the severe mood swings of Schubert, who cycled between streaks of creativity and episodes of suicidal despair. Clyne explains “Night Ferry is music of voyages, from stormy darkness to enchanted worlds.”

CABRILLO FESTIVAL CONCERT TICKETS, SCHEDULE & SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

August 2-11, 2013

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music presents its 51st season.

TICKETS

Festival tickets range from $30-$52 with many events free and open to the public. The public may access information on the Festival website at www.cabrillomusic.org or call (831) 426-6966; and people are encouraged to join the mailing list to receive advance notification.

Tickets may be ordered by mail beginning May 3 through the Festival’s Advance Ticket Order Form; and then via phone, walk-up, or on-line beginning June 18.

SCHEDULE

Sunday, July 28: Open Rehearsals begin at the SC Civic Auditorium

Friday, August 2, 8pm: Dust Dances

Derek Bermel: Dust Dances

Kevin Puts: Flute Concerto (Adam Walker, flute) (world premiere | Festival commission)

Christopher Rouse: Symphony No. 3 (West Coast Premiere)

 

Saturday, August 3, 8pm: Fire Music

Sean Friar: Noise Gate (world premiere | Festival commission)

Thomas Newman: It Got Dark (Kronos Quartet, string quartet)

Brett Dean: Fire Music (US Premiere)

 

Sunday, August 4, 1pm: Free Family Concert: The Animated Orchestra

Gregory Smith: The Animated Orchestra (Greg Smith, narrator)

(Festival commission)

 

Sunday, August 4: 8pm: In the Blue Room with Kronos Quartet: 40th Anniversary Concert

Featuring David Harrington, John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Jungin Yang (cello)

Saturday, August 10: 8pm: Unstuck

Andrew Norman: Unstuck

Enrico Chapela: Magnetar (Johannes Moser, electric cello)

Philip Glass: Symphony No. 10 (US Premiere)

 

Sunday, August 11: 4pm and 7:30pm: Music at the Mission: Night Ferry

George Walker: Sinfonia No. 4 Strands (West Coast premiere)

Magnus Lindberg: Clarinet Concerto (Emil Jonason, clarinet)

Anna Clyne: Night Ferry

All performances except for Music at the Mission take place at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz. Music at the Mission takes place at Mission San Juan Bautista, 406 2nd Street, San Juan Bautista.

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

Two World Premiere Festival Commissions

Sean Friar: Noise Gate

Kevin Puts: Flute Concerto

Two US Premieres

Philip Glass: Symphony No. 10

Brett Dean: Fire Music

Two West Coast Premieres

Christopher Rouse: Symphony No. 3

George Walker: Sinfonia No. 4, Strands

Nine Composers-in-Residence

Derek Bermel

Enrico Chapela

Anna Clyne

Sean Friar

Thomas Newman

Andrew Norman

Kevin Puts

Gregory Smith

George Walker

Guest Artists

Emil Jonason (clarinet)

Kronos Quartet: David Harrington, John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Jungin Yang (cello)

Johannes Moser (electric cello)

Adam Walker (flute)

 


 

 FEARLESS at 50

CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC CELEBRATES FIVE DECADES
AS THE NATION’S LEADING NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL
IN A MOMENTOUS ANNIVERSARY SEASON

July 28-August 12, 2012

Six world premieres, three West Coast premieres, fourteen composers in residence, an historic commission
by Scottish composer James MacMillan & a multimedia collaboration,
Hidden World of Girls: Stories for Orchestra
among Cabrillo Festival’s 50th Anniversary highlights

SANTA CRUZ, CA—April 17, 2012—The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, America’s longest running festival dedicated to new music for orchestra, commemorates its 50th anniversary in a historic and expanded 3-week season, July 28-August 12, 2012.

A season that harnesses the momentum of the past five decades, Fearless at 50 celebrates the Festival’s adventurous spirit and its steadfast commitment to new music and innovation. Led by Music Director and Conductor Marin Alsop, the Cabrillo Festival’s 50th anniversary season features six world premieres; three West Coast premieres; a special anniversary commission by Scottish composer James MacMillan; and the premiere of Hidden World of Girls: Stories for Orchestra, an extraordinary multimedia collaboration with NPR’s The Kitchen Sisters (Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson); Emmy-award winning composer Laura Karpman; three early-career female composers; and world-renowned media design firm Obscura Digital.

Fourteen composers-in-residence will celebrate this major milestone. They are composers Clarice Assad, Mason Bates, Alexandra du Bois, Michael Ippolito, Laura Karpman, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, John Mackey, James MacMillan, Dylan Mattingly, Andrew Norman, Behzad Ranjbaran, Huang Ruo, Greg Smith, and John Wineglass.

The Cabrillo Festival honors its past and presents two historic commissions by two Festival luminaries who are no longer with us––Lou Harrison, one of the Festival’s founding members, and famed Mexican composer Carlos Chávez, who served as Music Director from 1970-1973.

This year’s featured guest artists include Joseph Alessi (trombone), Charles Holt (narrator), Kayhan Kalhor (kemancheh), David Krakauer (klezmer clarinet), Cristina Pato (Galician bagpipes), Huang Ruo (vocalist), and Michael Ward-Bergeman (hyper-accordion), as well as the Del Sol String Quartet performing a solo recital.

 

Hidden World of Girls: Stories for Orchestra – July 28 at 8pm/July 29 at 1pm & 8pm –

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

A Forum will be hosted on July 29 at 3:30pm

The Festival presents the world premiere of Hidden World of Girls: Stories for Orchestra, a groundbreaking multimedia work by and about women that merges storytelling with digital media and orchestra.

The largest commissioning project in the Festival’s history, the Hidden World of Girls: Stories for Orchestra is based on stories developed by Peabody Award-winning radio producers and writers Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson (a.k.a. The Kitchen Sisters) for their radio series that debuted last year on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  That series explores the lives of girls and the women they become—stories of coming of age, rituals and rites of passage, secret identities—women who crossed a line, blazed a trail, changed the tide. Women and girls' stories and secrets emerge from telephone messages, overheard conversations, a racetrack in Ramallah, the dunes of the Sahara, a cheerleading competition in Alabama, the prisons of Louisiana, a Sioux reservation on the banks of the Missouri, the planet Venus, and beyond.

In its world premiere at this year’s Cabrillo Festival, Hidden World of Girls: Stories for Orchestra showcases the collaboration between The Kitchen Sisters as lead concept artists; four-time Emmy award-winning composer Laura Karpman as lead composer and creative director; three distinguished emerging female composers––Clarice Assad, Alexandra du Bois, and Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum; the world renowned, San Francisco-based media design group Obscura Digital under the direction of Travis Threlkel and Marta Salas-Porras; sound designer Leslie Anne Jones of Skywalker Sound; and Cabrillo Festival’s esteemed music director and conductor Marin Alsop. The work for full orchestra will also feature two local teenage girl soloists including Santa Cruz’s Jacklyn Partida (a.k.a. Jackie Rocks) on electric guitar, and percussionist Emily Liu of Cupertino.

Picturing the project as a quilt, Marin Alsop envisioned lead composer and creative director Laura Karpman working with a "quilting circle" of young women composers contributing their own voice to a score. Composers Karpman, Assad, du Bois and Kroll-Rosenbaum each chose a specific story from the Kitchen Sisters as their inspiration for a symphonic meditation. What results is a very personal response by each composer. Karpman has created a musical score that weaves the four symphonic chapters (including her own) with spoken word narratives that were created by the Kitchen Sisters' and underscored by Karpman. The closing section, composed by Karpman, features the young Partida and Liu performing with the Orchestra.

“The ultimate goal of Hidden World of Girls: Stories for Orchestra is to create a performance work that will cross the boundaries that often divide communities, and trigger people's curiosity and understanding of others they might otherwise not encounter or trust,” said Alsop. “We hope this project will strengthen our bonds to one another as human beings around social issues that are sometimes difficult to address.”

Cabrillo Festival will also host a Hidden World of Girls Forum: Stories Behind the Stories designed to give audience members the opportunity to learn more about the women included in the featured stories and the personal and social issues they faced. The forum will take place on July 29 at 3:30pm and will be moderated by psychologist, scholar, writer, activist, and University of California Santa Cruz faculty member Faye Crosby.

 

Lou Harrison: A World of Music – Monday, July 29, 2012, 7pm – Del Mar Theatre

The Cabrillo Festival presents a special screening of Lou Harrison: A World of Music. This new, critically-acclaimed film by Eva Soltes is an intimate portrait of a great composer who embraced artistic playfulness over the business of composing, forging a new course for 20th century music. Soltes will participate in an audience talkback after the screening.

 

Discovery – Saturday, August 4, 2012, 8pm - Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

The Festival’s second weekend kicks off with two world premiere Festival commissions, one West Coast premiere and an anniversary tribute to former Music Director Carlos Chávez.  Composer Huang Ruo’s vibrant and inventive musical voice draws equal inspiration from Chinese folk, Western avant-garde, rock, and jazz. In the West Coast premiere of his Shattered Steps, Ruo is a featured guest artist, performing live vocal improvisation. Shattered Steps, translated in Chinese as Sui Bu, has two meanings: 1) broken steps; 2) small steps in continuous and rapid motion. Ruo based this work on a tune he composed during a trip to the mountains in the Guizhou Province in Southwestern China. “The running chain of small steps becomes the energy drive of the piece,” Ruo writes.  The world premiere of Emmy-award winning composer John WineglassSomeone Else’s Child follows. Commissioned by philanthropist David Kaun for the Cabrillo Festival, this symphonic poem was inspired by and integrates the poetry of Santa Cruz County juvenile detainees, and will be narrated by Broadway actor, singer, writer, and inspirational speaker Charles Holt. The Cabrillo Festival then tips its hat to an integral figure in its history with an anniversary tribute to celebrated Mexican composer and former Cabrillo Festival Music Director Carlos Chávez. Maestra Alsop leads the Festival Orchestra in Chávez’s Discovery, the first ever Cabrillo Festival commission, premiered in 1969. Of this work Chávez wrote: “To me, ‘discovery’ means discovery of sound, discovery of music, inventing of music. And constant discovery, which had led me to drastically reduce the use of repetition: if one repeats one does not discover; if one discovers one does not repeat, because one does not call discovery what is already known and just done over again, no matter how disguised it appears to be.” The evening concludes with a special anniversary work, Woman of the Apocalypse, by preeminent Scottish composer James MacMillan, commissioned by Mary Solari and Marin Alsop as a centerpiece of the 50th anniversary. This major new symphony was inspired by a range of visual artworks treating the Woman of the Apocalypse from the Book of Revelation, including those by Albrecht Dürer, Peter Paul Rubens, Paul Gustave Doré, William Blake, and Pat Marvenko, among others. MacMillan has a long working relationship with Alsop and the Cabrillo Festival––this will be his tenth work performed at the Festival.

 

Free Family Concert: The Animated Orchestra - Sunday, August 5, 1pm - Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

The Cabrillo Festival hosts its annual Free Family Concert on Sunday, August 5. This year features a world premiere Festival commission composed and narrated by Gregory (Rians) Smith, whose family/educational concert works have received over 700 performances by more than 160 orchestras around the world. The Animated Orchestra is a narrated work about a cartoon score being performed at a symphony concert. The hero of the cartoon is a ferret (an animal known for its insatiable curiosity and playfulness) that sneaks into an instrument repair shop owned by a sleepy older gentleman. All sorts of adventures ensue as the ferret explores the shop’s many instruments. This event promises to be a perfect addition to the Festival’s wildly popular Free Family Concert program! These concerts are suitable for children and families alike and are designed to introduce kids to the wonderful world of orchestral music. The concert begins with the popular petting zoo-style Tour of the Orchestra where kids can make an up-close and personal connection to the different instruments and players.

In the Blue Room with Del Sol String Quartet - Sunday, August 5, 8pm – Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

The San Francisco-based Del Sol String Quartet is known for actively working with living composers from a wide range of cultural perspectives. For this special evening the quartet has curated a recital program that includes works by several composers familiar to Cabrillo Festival audiences. The major work of the evening is the world premiere of Mason Bates’ Bagatelles for String Quartet for string quartet and electronica, commissioned by Chamber Music America. Bates is perhaps best known for his expansion of the orchestra to include electronics. He currently serves as a composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony and spends many nights as DJ Masonic, a popular figure in the underground dance club scene. His orchestral works have been featured at the Cabrillo Festival on three occasions. The Del Sol String Quartet also performs works by Lou Harrison, Chinary Ung, Elena Kats-Chernin, and Jose Evangelista. The Quartet features violinists Kate Stenberg and Rick Shinozaki, Charlton Lee on viola, and Kathryn Bates Williams on cello.

 

Rose of the Winds - Saturday, August 11, 8pm – Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

One world premiere Festival commission, one West Coast premiere and an anniversary tribute are among the offerings this evening. The world premiere of Dylan Mattingly’s I Was a Stranger, is conducted by Carolyn Kuan (Cabrillo Festival Associate Conductor and Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra), and was commissioned by the Festival and sponsored by renowned composer John Adams and his wife Deborah O'Grady. The John Adams and Deborah O’Grady Festival commissions were born last year with Zosha Di Castri’s work ALBA. Mattingly’s music draws from a diverse range of styles and musicians –– including John Coolidge Adams, Olivier Messiaen, Magnus Lindberg, Joni Mitchell and old American blues and folk recordings. Alsop leads the Orchestra in Andrew Norman’s Gran Turismo, a work for eight violins celebrated by The Boston Globe as an “exhilarating exercise in perpetual motion constantly threatened by modern collisions en route." Norman conceived this work while researching the art of Italian futurist Giacomo Balla, watching his roommates play a video game called Gran Turismo, and considering the legacy of Baroque string virtuosity. He writes, “It didn’t take long before I felt the resonances between these different activities, and it was out of their unexpected convergence that this piece was born.” Four of the Cabrillo Festival’s guest artists are featured in the West Coast premiere of Grammy-award winner and MacArthur fellow Osvaldo Golijov’s Rose of the Winds. The work’s title refers to the symbol of the compass that points not just to the four corners of the earth, but in all directions, and, in Golijov’s words, “provides contrast without explanation.” The Chicago Tribune celebrated Rose of the Winds for its “bold yet seamless melding of musical resonances from Christian, Arabic and Jewish traditions and ear-catching instrumental sounds and colors.” This work features Cristina Pato on Galician bagpipes, Kayhan Kalhor on kemancheh, David Krakauer on klezmer clarinet and Michael Ward-Bergeman on hyper-accordion. The final work for the evening is an anniversary tribute to Lou Harrison, a founding member of the Cabrillo Festival. In 1961 Harrison participated in the original Sticky Wicket concerts (named for the Aptos, CA coffeehouse where they took place) that were the genesis of the Cabrillo Festival. His Third Symphony was commissioned in 1982 for the twentieth anniversary of the Cabrillo Festival, and revised and performed again at the Festival in 1983 and again in 1990, when it was recorded.

Music at the Mission: Harvest -  Sunday August 12, 4pm and 7pm – Mission San Juan Bautista

The 50th anniversary season of the Cabrillo Festival culminates with two Grand Finale performances at Mission San Juan Bautista.  The Festival Orchestra performs Michael Ippolito’s Nocturne, a work in three large sections. Michael Ippolito has collaborated with classical, folk and jazz musicians in performances ranging from experimental improvisation to traditional Klezmer music. Nocturne was originally inspired by Joan Miró’s 1940 painting of the same name.  Ippolito was struck by its “fantastical figures and swirling lines,” and by the tension between such “energy and whimsy” and the commonplace idea of night as a time of rest.  Composer John Mackey’s Harvest: Concerto for Trombone is a work dedicated to and featuring Joseph Alessi on trombone. Harvest is based on the myths and mystery rituals of the Greek god Dionysus. Classical Review has described the piece as “a cycloramic feast of shifting moods and instrumental hues.” Alessi is known to Festival audiences for his remarkable West Coast premiere performance of Christopher Rouse's Pulitzer-Prize winning Trombone Concerto at Mission San Juan Bautista in 1994. Iranian composer Behzad Ranjbaran wowed audiences and critics at the Festival with his Concerto for Piano last year. Trained in Tehran and at the Juilliard School, Ranjbaran writes music that is lushly tonal and draws on the music and culture of his native Iran. This year Ranjbaran returns with Seven Passages, the final work of his Persian Trilogy, which draws its inspiration from “The Seven Trials of Rostam,” an episode in the national epic of Iran, the Shahnameh.  The concert closes with British composer Thomas Adès Polaris. The piece is named for Polaris, the North Star or Pole Star, around which the other stars appear to rotate as if it were itself a magnetic pole. Of this work, Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “there's a rapturous sheen to the score that makes it impossible to resist.”

CABRILLO FESTIVAL CONCERT TICKETS, SCHEDULE & SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

July 28-August 12, 2012

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music celebrates its 50th anniversary, Fearless@50. Led by Music Director Marin Alsop, the Festival presents six world premieres and three West Coast premieres with fourteen composers in residence.

TICKETS:

Festival tickets range from $30-$50 with many events free and open to the public. The public may access information on the Festival website at www.cabrillomusic.org or call (831) 426-6966; and people are encouraged to join the mailing list to receive advance notification.

 

Tickets may be ordered by mail beginning early-May through the Festival’s Advance Ticket Order Form; and then via phone, walk-up, or on-line beginning June 12.

SCHEDULE

Hidden World of Girls: Stories for Orchestra (World Premiere | Festival Commission)
Saturday, July 28, 8pm & Sunday, July 29, 1pm & 8pm

Kitchen Sisters & Obscura Digital
Lead Composer Laura Karpman; Clarice Assad, Alexandra du Bois, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum
A special forum will be hosted on July 29 at 3:30pm
 

Lou Harrison: A World of Music, a film by Eva Soltes
Monday, July 30, 7pm

At the Del Mar Theatre in downtown Santa Cruz

Saturday, August 4, 8pm: Discovery
Huang Ruo: Shattered Steps (West Coast Premiere) (Huang Ruo, vocal)
John Wineglass: Someone Else’s Child (World Premiere | Festival Commission) (Charles Holt, narrator)
Carlos Chávez: Discovery (Anniversary Tribute | Festival Commission)
James MacMillan: Woman of the Apocalypse (World Premiere | Festival Commission)

Sunday, August 5, 1pm: Free Family Concert: The Animated Orchestra
Gregory Rians Smith: The Animated Orchestra (World Premiere | Festival Commission) (Greg Smith, narrator)

Sunday, August 5: 8pm: In the Blue Room with Del Sol String Quartet
Del Sol String Quartet performing a chamber music concert including the World Premiere of Mason Bates' Bagatelles for String Quartet

Saturday, August 11, 8pm: Rose of the Winds
Dylan Mattingly: I Was A Stranger (World Premiere | Festival Commission) (conducted by Carolyn Kuan)
Andrew Norman: Gran Turismo
Osvaldo Golijov: Rose of the Winds (West Coast Premiere) (Cristina Pato, Galician bagpipes; Kayhan Kalhor, kemancheh; David Krakauer, klezmer clarinet; Michael Ward-Bergeman, hyper-accordion)
Lou Harrison: Third Symphony (Anniversary Tribute | Festival Commission)

 

Sunday, August 12, 4pm and 7pm, Music at the Mission: Harvest
Michael Ippolito: Nocturne (West Coast Premiere)
John Mackey: Harvest: Concerto for Trombone (Joseph Alessi, trombone)
Behzad Ranjbaran: Seven Passages
Thomas Adès: Polaris

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

Six World Premieres | Five Festival Commissions

Hidden World of Girls: Stories for Orchestra

The Kitchen Sisters & Obscura Digital

Laura Karpman, Clarice Assad, Alexandra Du Bois, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum

 

Special 50th Anniversary Commission: James MacMillan: Woman of the Apocalypse

Dylan Mattingly: I Was a Stranger

Gregory Rians Smith: The Animated Orchestra

John Wineglass: Someone Else’s Child

Mason Bates: Bagatelles for String Quartet (commissioned by Chamber Music America)

Three West Coast Premieres

Osvaldo Golijov: Rose of the Winds

Michael Ippolito: Nocturne

Huang Ruo: Shattered Steps

Two Anniversary Tributes | Festival Commissions

Carlos Chávez: Discovery

Lou Harrison: Third Symphony

14 Composers-in-Residence

Clarice Assad

Mason Bates

Alexandra du Bois

Michael Ippolito

Laura Karpman

Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum

John Mackey

James MacMillan

Dylan Mattingly

Andrew Norman

Behzad Ranjbaran

Huang Ruo

Greg Smith

John Wineglass

Guest Artists

Hidden World of Girls

The Kitchen Sisters, Nikki Silva & Davia Nelson

Obscura Digital, media design

Clarice Assad, vocals

Jacklyn Partida, electric guitar

Emily Liu, percussion

Joseph Alessi, trombone

Del Sol String Quartet

Charles Holt, narrator for Someone Else’s Child by John Wineglass

Kayhan Kalhor, kemancheh

Carolyn Kuan, guest conductor

David Krakauer, klezmer clarinet

Cristina Pato, Galician bagpipes

Huang Ruo, vocals in his work, Shattered Steps

Michael Ward-Bergeman, hyper-accordion

Gregory Rians Smith, narrator in The Animated Orchestra

Eva Soltes, filmmaker

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CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC CELEBRATES THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF ITS ESTEEMED MUSIC DIRECTOR MARIN ALSOP IN A SENSATIONAL 49th SEASON

July 31-August 14, 2011

Seven world premieres (including five short anniversary pieces dedicated to Marin Alsop), two US premieres and nine West Coast premieres featured at the nation’s longest running festival of contemporary orchestral music

“At the center of it all is Alsop, an indefatigable new-music specialist who, in addition to conducting duties, serves as Cabrillo’s intrepid programming mastermind. Each summer, the award-winning maestra returns to Cabrillo with a variety of emerging works that please the faithful while turning first-timers into lifetime subscribers.”            -San Francisco Classical Voice

 

SANTA CRUZ, CA—April 12, 2011—The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music is pleased to announce its 49th season and a very special year for the festival – the 20th Anniversary of its celebrated Music Director and Conductor Marin Alsop, July 31-August 14, 2011.

 

The 2011 season features seven World premieres, two US premieres, nine West Coast premieres and 15 Composers in Residence. This year five distinguished composers who have a long history with the Festival have created new short works in honor of Marin Alsop. These composers are Mark Adamo, John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, Avner Dorman, and Philip Glass. Commissioned by the Cabrillo Festival, these works will be presented as “nightcaps” throughout the evening concerts.

Fifteen composers - a record number in the history of the Festival - are in residence to celebrate this momentous occasion. They are composers Mason Bates, Margaret Brouwer, Chiayu, Anna Clyne, Michael Daugherty, Tina Davidson, Robin de Raaff, Zosha Di Castri, Pierre Jalbert, Elena Kats-Chernin, Shuko Mizuno, Behzad Ranjbaran, Christopher Rouse, George Tsontakis and Dan Welcher.

Since arriving at the Cabrillo Festival 20 years ago, Marin Alsop has championed the music of some of the world’s most exciting composers of contemporary music, and has built a devoted audience for new music at the Festival. In her tenure Alsop has invited nearly 100 composers to join her at the Festival, to participate in the rehearsals and performances, and to share their compositions with an audience eager to listen to new music. Some of the preeminent composers she has consistently supported throughout her tenure include Christopher Rouse, John Adams, Michael Daugherty, John Corigliano, James MacMillan, Joan Tower, Philip Glass, and Jennifer Higdon. Alsop has also afforded incredible opportunities to young emerging composers, including Kevin Puts, Michael Hersch, Chiayu, Mason Bates, Avner Dorman, Mark O'Connor, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Greg Smith.

“Marin’s connection to the Cabrillo Festival is so deeply rooted now, and her accomplishments are so meaningful and enduring,” explains Executive Director Ellen Primack. "This season is a wonderful reflection of just how much momentum Marin has here. And twenty years is really just a jumping off point for her to continue to build excellent programming, to cultivate strong relationships with artists, and to deepen her powerful relationship with this community.”

This year’s featured guest artists include renowned French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, who was recently inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame; horn player Kristin Jurkscheit, principal horn of the Festival Orchestra and a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra; and electric guitarist D.J. Sparr. Author and National Public Radio host Scott Simon joins the Festival for a special interview program with Marin Alsop, “In the Blue Room.”

Opening Night – Mysteries of Light - Friday, August 5, 2011, 8pm - Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music kicks off its 49th season with an opening night concert featuring four West Coast premieres and a World premiere anniversary “nightcap” by Philip Glass, titled Black and White Scherzo. Maestra Marin Alsop leads the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in the West Coast premiere of Pulse, a work by Guggenheim Fellow Margaret Brouwer. Pulse features rhythmic pulses that grow “from whispers to affirmation in the course of six minutes.” Alsop has long championed the work of James MacMillan, and the West Coast premiere of Piano Concerto No. 3 (The Mysteries of Light) marks the ninth work Alsop has presented by the esteemed Scottish composer. Featuring renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet on piano, The Mysteries of Light is inspired by the Catholic Mysteries, and attempts "to revive the ancient practice of writing based on the structure of the rosary," states MacMillan. Composer Mason Bates, who currently serves as composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony, offers the West Coast premiere of Desert Transport, a work about flying over the Arizona desert in a helicopter.  Pulitzer and Grammy-winning Christopher Rouse’s work, Odna Zhizn (A Life), will be the eighteenth of his works that Alsop presents at the Festival and is an “homage to a person of Russian ancestry who is very dear to me,” writers Rouse. Of this work the New York Times wrote,  “Against a backdrop of haunting, pianissimo strings, which move at a glacial pace, Mr. Rouse imposes short bursts of fast, angular flute figures, darkly mysterious contributions from lower-lying woodwinds, and sudden bursts of fortissimo brass.”

Summer – Saturday, August 6, 2011, 8pm - Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

Two World premieres, two US premieres, and one West Coast premiere are featured in the second concert of the season, Saturday, August 6. Maestra Marin Alsop conducts the US premiere of Re-Collecting ASTORoids by Elena Kats-Chernin. The Soviet-born Kats-Chernin is considered one of Australia’s leading contemporary composers – this work is her homage to the music of Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla. The West Coast premiere of Iranian composer Behzad Ranjbaran’s Concerto for Piano features Jean-Yves Thibaudet on piano, for whom it was composed. Trained in Tehran and at the Juilliard School, Ranjbaran writes music that is lushly tonal and draws on the music and culture of his native Iran. The World premiere of Mark Adamo’s "Prepositions and the Names of Fish" is the first anniversary “nightcap” of the evening. It is followed by Alsop leading the Festival Orchestra in the US premiere of Japanese composer Shuko Mizuno’s symphonic poem Natsu (Summer), a work inspired by the summers of the composer’s past – his memories of brilliant sunshine, cloudy mountain peaks, thundering storms, fierce winds, violent rains and summertime breezes influence the work. The world premiere of John Corigliano’s anniversary “nightcap,” Cabrillo Lullaby, closes out the evening.

Free Family Concert - Sunday, August 7, 1pm - Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

The Cabrillo Festival hosts its annual Free Family Concert on Sunday, August 7 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. The Festival’s wildly popular Free Family Concerts are suitable for children and families alike and are designed to introduce kids to the wonderful world of orchestral music. The concert begins with the popular petting zoo-style Tour of the Orchestra where kids can make an up-close and personal connection to the different instruments and players. This year the concert features Tina Davidson’s The Selkie Boy, written for narrator and orchestra. Conducted by Carolyn Kuan, Cabrillo Festival Associate Conductor, The Selkie Boy is ideal for all audiences in its warm account of self-realization and acceptance. Narrated by Ian McRae, the text for this work is based on an old Scottish folk-tale about selkies, or seals. The story tells about a little boy named Willie, who is found on the beach of the Orkney Islands and is adopted by a large family. Somehow he never feels as if he fits in, and longs for the sea and the selkies. Through the help of a little girl, he learns that the selkies are magical folk - changelings, who can shed their skins and walk on the earth. Willie is able to speak to the selkies and finds out his true identity.

In the Blue Room with Marin Alsop and Scott Simon – Sunday, August 7, 8pm – Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

Maestra Marin Alsop and author and radio host Scott Simon come together for a two-sided interview. Simon interviews Alsop on her extraordinary career and her 20 years at the Cabrillo Festival. Alsop interviews Simon on his career as a Peabody and Emmy-Award winning correspondent, the host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, and a celebrated author.  

Entangled – Saturday, August 13, 8pm – Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

The second weekend opens with the World premiere of Alba, by Canadian composer and pianist Zosha Di Castri. Alba is sponsored by renowned composer John Adams and his wife Deborah O'Grady in honor of Marin Alsop. Dutch composer Robin de Raaff’s Entangled Tales gets its West Coast premiere. The experience of this work “is ebb and flow of musical density and intensity, from active hyperactive tutti orchestra to transparent, chamber-music like passages and back again, with all entangled details sparkling.” The recipient of two of the most prestigious awards in all of classical music - the Grawemeyer Award and the Ives Living award – George Tsontakis is most often recognized for his longer movements within larger musical forms. In contrast, his work at the Cabrillo Festival, Laconika, is a 15-minute work that, true to its Grecian title, consists of five short, pithy or “Spartan” pieces, each with an identifiably “catchy” character. Alsop leads the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra and electric guitarist D.J. Sparr in the West Coast premiere of Michael Daugherty’s Gee’s Bend. Inspired by the quilters in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, Daugherty describes his composition as a “patchwork of various crosscurrents. I intertwine American guitar rock and southern folk music with contemporary classical music to create a colorful and unique tapestry of sound.” Daugherty also offers the World premiere of Fever, the anniversary “nightcap,” in tribute to Alsop’s 20th Anniversary year.

Music at the Mission: Bright Wings - Sunday August 14, 4:30pm and 8pm – Mission San Juan Bautista

The 49th Season of the Cabrillo Festival and Maestra Marin Alsop’s 20th Anniversary year culminates with two spectacular Grand Finale performances at Mission San Juan Bautista. Taiwanese composer Chiayu returns for the World premiere of Xuan Zang, a Festival commission written for and featuring soloist Kristin Jurkscheit, principal horn of the Festival Orchestra. The most famous Chinese monk, Xuan Zang lived in the Tang dynasty, and in this one-movement work the solo French horn represents the heroic figure on his nineteen year journey across the culturally diverse regions of Asia. Anna Clyne’s Within Her Arms for string ensemble, celebrated by the Los Angeles Times for its “luminous textures,” refers to the words of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and pays homage to Clyne’s mother. Guggenheim Fellow Dan Welcher’s Bright Wings: A Valediction gets its West Coast premiere at the Festival. Bright Wings was written as a farewell to someone who recently died, yet the Dallas Morning News writes, “there is nothing mournful in any sense in the music. Indeed, it seems, on the whole, downright celebratory, and perhaps it was meant as a paean for living.” Pierre Jalbert’s composition, Fire and Ice, is a work of contrasts. The San Francisco Chronicle writes “ ‘Ice’ proceeds in large, slow-moving slabs of sound—the model here seems to be one of Shostakovich's rhetorically weighty slow movements—with eerie string harmonics and bowed percussion to add a frozen gloss; ‘Fire’ is a fierce, bouncy orchestral explosion." The season culminates with the World premiere of Reflections, an anniversary “nightcap” by Avner Dorman.

CABRILLO FESTIVAL CONCERT TICKETS, SCHEDULE & SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

July 31-August 14 2011

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music celebrates its 49th Season and the 20th Anniversary of Maestra Marin Alsop. The season presents seven World premieres (including five short anniversary “nightcaps” dedicated to Marin Alsop), two US premieres and nine West Coast premieres. Fifteen composers will be in residence.

TICKETS:

Festival tickets range from $30-$50 with many events free and open to the public. The public may access information on the Festival website at www.cabrillomusic.org or call (831) 426-6966; and people are encouraged to join the mailing list to receive advance notification.

Tickets may be ordered by mail beginning mid-May through the Festival’s Advance Ticket Order Form; and then via phone, walk-up, or on-line beginning June 14.

Opening Night: Mysteries of Light

Friday, August 5, 2011, 8pm, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
(A Pre-Concert Dinner & Talk on Church Street takes place outside the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, beginning at 6:30pm.)

Margaret Brouwer: Pulse (West Coast Premiere)
James MacMillan: Piano Concerto No. 3 (The Mysteries of Light) (West Coast Premiere)
    featuring Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Mason Bates: Desert Transport (West Coast Premiere)
Philip Glass: Black and White Scherzo | Anniversary “nightcap” (World Premiere | Festival Commission)
Christopher Rouse: Odna Zhizn (A Life) (West Coast Premiere)

Summer

Saturday, August 6, 2011, 8pm, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
(Followed by a Talkback Session with Marin Alsop, featured composers, and soloist.)

Elena Kats-Chernin: Re-Collecting ASTORoids (US Premiere)
Behzad Ranjbaran: Concerto for Piano (West Coast Premiere) featuring Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Mark Adamo: Prepositions and the Names of Fish | Anniversary “Nightcap” (World Premiere | Festival Commission)
Shuko Mizuno: Natsu (Summer) (US Premiere)
John Corigliano: Cabrillo Lullaby | Anniversary “nightcap” (World Premiere | Festival Commission)

Free Family Concert

Sunday, August 7, 2011, 1pm, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Petting Zoo-Style Tour of the Orchestra

Tina Davidson: The Selkie Boy (West Coast Premiere)
Ian McRae, narrator

In the Blue Room with Marin Alsop and Scott Simon (of NPR's Weekend Edition)

Sunday, August 7, 2011, 8pm, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Marin Alsop and Scott Simon interview one another in this special anniversary event.

Entangled

Saturday, August 13, 2011, 8pm, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
(Followed by a Dessert Reception for the artists and audience.)

Zosha Di Castri: Alba (World Premiere | Festival Commission)
Robin de Raaff: Entangled Tales (West Coast Premiere)
George Tsontakis: Laconika
Michael Daugherty: Gee’s Bend featuring D.J. Sparr, electric guitar (West Coast Premiere)
Michael Daugherty: Fever | Anniversary “nightcap” (World Premiere | Festival Commission)

Music at the Mission: Bright Wings

Sunday, August 14, 2011, Two Grand Finale performances-4:30pm & 8pm, Mission San Juan Bautista

Chiayu: Xuan Zang (World Premiere | Festival Commission) featuring Kristin Jurkscheit, horn
Anna Clyne: Within Her Arms
Dan Welcher: Bright Wings: A Valediction (West Coast Premiere)
Pierre Jalbert: Fire and Ice
Avner Dorman: Reflections | Anniversary nightcap (World Premiere | Festival Commission)

 

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

Seven World Premieres | Festival Commissions

Chiayu: Xuan Zang Concerto for Horn
Zosha Di Castri: Alba

Five anniversary pieces composed in honor of Marin Alsop’s 20th Anniversary:

Mark Adamo: Prepositions and the Names of Fish
John Corigliano: Cabrillo Lullaby
Michael Daugherty: Fever
Avner Dorman: Reflections
Philip Glass: Black and White Scherzo

 

 

Two US Premieres

Elena Kats-Chernin: Re-Collecting ASTORoids
Shuko Mizuno: Natsu (Summer)

Nine West Coast Premieres

Mason Bates: Desert Transport
Margaret Brouwer: Pulse
Tina Davidson: The Selkie Boy
Michael Daugherty: Gee’s Bend
Robin de Raaff: Entangled Tales
James MacMillan: Piano Concerto No. 3 (The Mysteries of Light)
Behzad Ranjbaran: Concerto for Piano
Christopher Rouse: Odna Zhizn (A Life)
Dan Welcher: Bright Wings: A Valediction

Twenty Featured Composers (15 composers in residence)

Mark Adamo (not attending)
Mason Bates
Margaret Brouwer
Chiayu
Anna Clyne
John Corigliano (not attending)
Michael Daugherty
Tina Davidson
Robin de Raaff
Zosha Di Castri
Avner Dorman (not attending)
Philip Glass (not attending)
Pierre Jalbert
Elena Kats-Chernin
James MacMillan (not attending)
Shuko Mizuno
Behzad Ranjbaran
Christopher Rouse
George Tsontakis
Dan Welcher

Guest Artists

Kristin Jurkscheit, horn
Carolyn Kuan, conductor
Ian McRae, narrator
Scott Simon, author, journalist, radio host
D.J. Sparr, electric guitar
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC is America’s longest running new music festival dedicated to orchestra, and winner of the League of American Orchestra and A.S.C.A.P.'s 2008-2010 John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music, and of the national A.S.C.A.P Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music for 27 consecutive years.

 

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CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
WINS GERBODE AWARD FOR A NEW COMPOSER COLLABORATION

SANTA CRUZ, CA, January 20, 2011—The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the nation’s longest running new music festival dedicated to orchestra, is honored to have been chosen by the Wallace Alexander Gerbode and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundations as recipient of a $75,000 grant for the creation of a multimedia, symphonic project entitled The Hidden World of Girls. The Festival’s Music Director and Conductor Marin Alsop will conduct its world premiere at the 50th anniversary of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in the summer of 2012.

The Hidden World of Girls is a collaboration between Emmy Award–winning composer Laura Karpman and San Francisco Bay Area-based, Peabody Award-winning producers/authors The Kitchen Sisters (Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson).  The project is inspired by The Kitchen Sisters' current NPR Radio series, The Hidden World of Girls, and will result in an evening-length, interdisciplinary symphonic work based on contemporary stories of the secrets girls carry with them into adulthood.

The all-women collaboration includes The Kitchen Sisters as Lead Writers/Concept, Laura Karpman as Lead Composer and Creative Director, three early-career female composers—Clarice Assad, Alexandra du Bois, and Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum— as well as MacArthur Fellow, conductor Marin Alsop.

The collaboration will expand to include a video artist to develop the mixed media elements for the work using archival audio, field recordings, social network sites, phone messages, interviews, video, photos, and more collected by The Kitchen Sisters.

"We're very excited to receive the support of this initiative. It strengthens our confidence in a project we truly believe in," said Cabrillo Festival Executive Director Ellen Primack, "and it's a tremendous endorsement after a very competitive process."

The award is one of six made by the two foundations meant to further the work of gifted California composers in collaboration with another California artist of their choice.  The awards are the last in a three-year $1,350,000 initiative by the Gerbode and Hewlett foundations to support fresh, dynamic collaborations in contemporary dance, theater, and music. In 2008, grants were made for choreographer collaborations, and in 2009, for playwright collaborations.

The Special Awards Program

For over twenty years, the Gerbode Foundation has made innovative grants through its Special Awards Program to San Francisco Bay Area arts institutions to commission new works from gifted individual artists: playwrights (including Tony Kushner, author of Pulitzer Prize–winning “Angels in America”), choreographers (such as Erika Chong Shuch and Sean Dorsey), composers (including Carla Kihlstedt, John Adams, Paul Dresher, and Tony Williams), as well as visual artists, poets, and multimedia artists.

In a time of cultural shifts and fiscal insecurity in the arts, these coveted, nationally respected awards have helped underwrite culturally and aesthetically diverse, acclaimed new works by prominent artists and emerging ones. The grants have supported artists at critical junctures in their careers; enabled nonprofit local arts groups to develop and debut substantial, original works; and enriched Bay Area audiences, readers, and viewers by giving them first access to ambitious new creations.

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CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC is America’s longest running new music festival dedicated to orchestra, and winner of the League of American Orchestra and A.S.C.A.P.'s 2008-2009 John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music, and of the national A.S.C.A.P Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music 1982-2009.

 

 

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CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ANNOUNCES ITS 48TH SEASON 

The nation’s longest running festival of contemporary orchestral music
features new works by thirteen distinguished composers, established and emerging alike

Santa Cruz, California, August 1-15, 2010
Music Director, Marin Alsop

"...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." – The Financial Times 

SANTA CRUZ, CA—April 13, 2010—An unflagging champion of new music for nearly half a century, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music returns for its 48th season, led by Music Director and Conductor Marin Alsop, August 1-15, 2010.

Since receiving ASCAP’S John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music last year, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music has energetically set about organizing its 48th anniversary season, which will include some of the most adventurous and highly-esteemed composers and musicians––established and emerging alike––in the world.

Twelve of the thirteen featured composers will be in attendance this year, a tribute to the growing reputation of the Festival among today’s composers. For Alsop the opportunity to engage face-to-face with this community of composers and musicians is the very heart of the Festival.

“The Cabrillo experience is all about people and relationships: how we use art to express ourselves; how we communicate with and without words; how we learn and assimilate; how we form opinions and tastes; and, importantly, how we are bound together by creativity and the thrill of discovery,” said Alsop.

The twelve composers in residence for 2010 include several returning artists, and several first-timers. Among the veterans are: John Adams, Philip Glass, Michael Hersch, Jennifer Higdon, and Kevin Puts. The newcomers this year include Anna Clyne, Sean Hickey, Pierre Jalbert, Elena Kats-Chernin, Michael Shapiro, Nathaniel Stookey, and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

In addition, the roster of guest artists includes percussionist Colin Currie, the sextet eighth blackbird, Kronos Quartet, cellist Wendy Sutter, as well as composer and pianist Kevin Puts who will perform as soloist in his own composition.

Opening Night – On a Wire - Friday, August 6, 2010, 8pm - Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

The 48th season of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music kicks off on Friday, August 6 with two West Coast premieres and one World Premiere at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Maestra Marin Alsop leads the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in the West Coast premiere of British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Scherzoid. One of the most admired and widely-performed composers of his generation, Turnage is known for his skillful blend of classical and jazz idioms. Scherzoid has been described as “a kaleidoscopic riot of blue-hued harmonies and silvery tuned percussion… both Scherzo and ‘Schizo’.” The evening also features the West Coast Premiere of On a Wire, by 2010 Grammy-winner and, most recently, Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon, written expressly for the Grammy-winning sextet, eighth blackbird, and co-commissioned by the Cabrillo Festival with a consortium of orchestras. eighth blackbird's performances have been hailed by the New York Times as "the picture of polish and precision" and CityBeat raves that their "sheer exuberance and affection for the music is as much a draw as the music itself." The evening concludes with the World Premiere of Michael Hersch’s Symphony No. 3, commissioned by the Cabrillo Festival. The New York Times has said of his music, "If the symmetries and proportions of Mr. Hersch's music evoke the grounded fixity of architecture, its dynamism and spontaneous evolution are those of the natural world. Its somber eloquence sings of truths that are personal yet not confessional... Within the sober palette, the expressive power and range are vast."

Rewind - Saturday, August 7, 8pm - Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

On Saturday August 7, the program opens with a newcomer to the Festival, Anna Clyne, and the West Coast Premiere of <<rewind<<. The London-born composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music wrote <<rewind<< for the Hysterica Dance Company based in New York City, taking as inspiration the image of analog videotape scrolling backwards with moments of skipping, warping, and freezing. The New York Times praised its “patterned rhythms and sensual orchestration,adding that its author represents “no hype, just hard work, and young talent.” Then composers Jennifer Higdon and Mark-Anthony Turnage return for three more West Coast premieres. Scottish percussionist Colin Currie takes the spotlight in Higdon’s Percussion Concerto, which recently won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. Currie made his U.S. debut at the Festival when he was only 19 years old, and now returns for his third engagement. Higdon composed the challenging piece especially for Currie, who must single-handedly manage marimba, vibraphone, crotales, drumkit, and gong, among other instruments. Then Maestra Marin Alsop will lead the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in the performance of two major works by Turnage: Chicago Remains, a celebrated piece inspired by the Windy City and which, according to the The Chicago Tribune “captures the true grit of our town”; and Drowned Out, a work which stemmed from Turnage’s four-year period as Composer-in-Association with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle, and was inspired by William Golding's (Nobel Prize winner for Lord of the Flies) novel Pincher Martin. It's described as "a nightmare vision of a drowning man, with a devastatingly unexpected conclusion."

Free Family Concert - Sunday, August 8, 1pm - Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

The Cabrillo Festival hosts its annual Free Family Concert on Sunday, August 8 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. The Cabrillo Festival’s Free Family Concerts have become legendary––a staple in the musical education and upbringing of area youngsters, and a no less entertaining and engaging experience for their parents. It begins, once again, with the popular petting zoo-style Tour of the Orchestra so kids make an up-close and personal connection to the different instruments and players. This year Nathaniel Stookey’s “tartly funny” The Composer is Dead, written for narrator and orchestra, will be performed. Composer Stookey (who is NOT dead) will narrate the work, a libretto written by Lemony Snicket (San Francisco-based writer Daniel Handler). It’s a murder mystery about the killing of a composer. Like Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and Benjamin Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Stookey's The Composer Is Dead is intended to introduce young audiences to the instruments in the orchestra, though with a dash or two of irony thrown in.

In the Blue Room with eighth blackbird and Kronos Quartet - Recital - Sunday, August 8, 8pm - Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

A special event to benefit the Cabrillo Festival, In the Blue Room features new music's preeminent proponents: eighth blackbird and Kronos Quartet, sharing the stage for the very first time. On Sunday, August 8, at 8pm, the two Grammy-award winning ensembles will split the bill, each performing the innovative, adventurous repertoire for which they've become acclaimed. The Kronos Quartet has been breaking new ground, commissioning new works, and recording for the past 30 years. The sextet eighth blackbird was established fourteen years ago and has become widely lauded for their performing style––often playing from memory with theatrical flair. 

Dalliance - Saturday, August 14, 8pm – Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

On Saturday, August 14 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Maestra Marin Alsop will lead the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in the West Coast premiere of Michael Shapiro’s fast-paced and exciting work, Roller Coaster. On creating this new piece, Shapiro writes, "I took a deep breath and imagined a coaster’s sights and sounds, its shakes and thrusts, the taste of stomach in mouth, the ultimate rush (short of parachuting), dropping quick, twisting about, rising, rising, rising, falling away, slow, slow, slow, FAST." Sean Hickey's 2005 composition, Dalliance, a short, “extroverted” piece for full orchestra, receives its world premiere tonight. Best known for a collection of chamber music recorded on the Naxos Label—Left at the Fork in the Road—Hickey has also written a variety of works in other forms, including orchestral and church music, a film score, and the music for a much-performed children’s play. The evening culminates with works by two Cabrillo Festival veterans, Kevin Puts and John Adams. Though composer-in-residence on many occasions prior, Puts will make his guest artist debut at the Festival as featured soloist in his piano concerto, Night. Displaying a neo-Romantic style with minimalist influences, Night’s innocent beginning quickly turns dark. The Los Angeles Times remarks that “before long, the pianist needs more hands than nature provides. The solo writing is virtuosic.”  One of America’s most respected composers, John Adams returns for the evening's finale. City Noir is the final installment in Adams' triptych of orchestral works that have “the California experience, its landscape, and its culture” as theme. This 30-minute, three movement symphonic work, commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and premiered at Music Director Gustavo Dudamel's inaugural concert, was inspired by the ambience and mood of Hollywood films of the late 40s and early 50s, and is an homage to the overall aesthetic of the era.

Music at the Mission: In Aeternam - Sunday August 15, 4:30pm & 8pm –Mission San Juan Bautista

Maestra Marin Alsop and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, will be joined by composers Elena Kats-Chernin, Philip Glass, and Pierre Jalbert, as they bring the 2010 Festival to a resplendent close with two Grand Finale performances––including one West Coast Premiere, and one U.S. Premiere––in the sanctuary of the Old Mission San Juan Bautista. Soviet-born Elena Kats-Chernin is one of Australia’s leading contemporary composers, and her dramatically vivid music combines strong rhythmic figures with elements of cabaret, tango, ragtime, and klezmer. Her piece, Heaven is Closed, is a quick, energetic, and rhythmically driven work that will receive its U.S. Premiere. She describes it as an "emotional journey," one inspired by the despair of discovering the incurable illness of a son, and yet holding onto the hint of optimism. In Philip Glass' Cello Concerto, featuring soloist Wendy Sutter, the composer creates a haunting, beautifully poignant, and almost baroque experience for the audience. A champion of contemporary works, Sutter was a member of the Bang on a Can "All Stars," and her "fearless playing and rich, mahogany tone" (San Francisco Classical Voice) has earned her critical acclaim. In 2001, Pierre Jalbert, an American of French-Canadian heritage, earned the BBC Masterprize for his orchestral work In Aeternam, selected from among more than 1,100 scores by a jury that included Marin Alsop, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and Sir Charles Mackerras. The work was written as a memorial to his niece who died at birth, and the Latin title, In Aeternam, means In Eternity. The final work of the Festival was written by George Walker, the first African-American composer to win a Pulitzer Prize for composition and the only living composer-pianist to be inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. Under Maestra Alsop’s baton the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra will present the West Coast premiere of his Foils for Orchestra (Hommage à Saint George). A work in one movement, Foils was commissioned and premiered by the Eastman School of Music. The title suggests swords used in a fencing match and conjures up associations with the myth of Saint George and the Dragon as well as the exploits of the Chevalier de Saint George. Walker describes the music as "suggesting explosive clashes and a violent duel of thrusts and parrying. The victor emerges scarred, but triumphant."

CABRILLO FESTIVAL CONCERT TICKETS, SCHEDULE & SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
August 1-15, 2010

Maestra Marin Alsop conducts the award-winning Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in two World Premieres, one U.S. Premiere, and seven West Coast Premieres, with all 13 featured composers in residence—an historic first!

TICKETS:
Festival tickets range from $30-$50 with many events free and open to the public. As of April 13, the public may access information on the Festival website at http://www.cabrillomusic.org/new/2010-season/order-tickets.html or call (831) 426-6966.

Tickets may be ordered by mail beginning mid-May through the Festival’s Advance Ticket Order Form; and then via phone, walk-up, or on-line beginning June 15.

Opening Night: On a Wire
Friday, August 6, 2010, 8pm, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Mark-Anthony Turnage: Scherzoid (West Coast Premiere)
Jennifer Higdon: On a Wire, concerto for sextet and orchestra, featuring eighth blackbird (West Coast Premiere, Cabrillo Festival co-commission)
Michael Hersch: Symphony No. 3 (World Premiere, Cabrillo Festival Commission)
(Preceded by a Pre-Concert Dinner & Talk on Church Street outside the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, beginning at 6:30pm.)

Rewind
Saturday, August 7, 2010, 8pm, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Anna Clyne: <<rewind<< (West Coast Premiere)
Jennifer Higdon: Percussion Concerto, featuring Colin Currie
Mark-Anthony Turnage: Chicago Remains (West Coast Premiere)
Mark-Anthony Turnage: Drowned Out (West Coast Premiere)
(Followed by a Talkback Session with Marin Alsop, featured composers, and soloists.)

Free Family Concert
Sunday, August 8, 2010, 1pm, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Petting Zoo-Style Tour of the Orchestra
Nathaniel Stookey: The Composer is Dead (narrator, Nathaniel Stookey)

Recital: In the Blue Room with eighth blackbird and Kronos Quartet
Sunday, August 8, 2010, 8pm, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
A special concert to benefit the Cabrillo Festival marks the first time eighth blackbird and Kronos Quartet will share the concert stage. They will split the program to present the groundbreaking repertoire for which they've each earned critical acclaim. Program TBA.

Dalliance
Saturday, August 14, 2010, 8pm, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Michael Shapiro: Roller Coaster (West Coast Premiere)
Sean Hickey: Dalliance (World Premiere)
Kevin Puts: Night, piano concerto, featuring Kevin Puts
John Adams: City Noir

Music at the Mission: In Aeternam
Sunday, August 15, 2010, 4:30pm & 8pm, Mission San Juan Bautista
Elena Kats-Chernin: Heaven is Closed (U.S. Premiere)
Philip Glass: Cello Concerto featuring Wendy Sutter
Pierre Jalbert: In Aeternam
George Walker: Foils for Orchestra (Hommage à Saint George) (West Coast Premiere) 

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

Two World Premieres
Michael Hersch: Symphony No. 3 (Cabrillo Festival commission)
Sean Hickey: Dalliance

One U.S. Premiere
Elena Kats-Chernin: Heaven is Closed

Seven West Coast Premieres
Anna Clyne: <<rewind<<
Jennifer Higdon: On a Wire featuring eighth blackbird (Cabrillo Festival co-commission)
Michael Shapiro: Roller Coaster
Mark-Anthony Turnage: Scherzoid
Mark-Anthony Turnage: Chicago Remains
Mark-Anthony Turnage: Drowned Out
George Walker: Foils for Orchestra (Hommage à Saint George)

Thirteen Featured Composers
John Adams
Anna Clyne
Philip Glass
Michael Hersch
Sean Hickey
Jennifer Higdon
Pierre Jalbert
Elena Kats-Chernin
Kevin Puts
Michael Shapiro
Nathaniel Stookey
Mark-Anthony Turnage
George Walker (not attending)

Guest Artists
Colin Currie, percussion
eighth blackbird, sextet
Kronos Quartet
Kevin Puts, piano
Nathaniel Stookey, narrator
Wendy Sutter, cello 

CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC is America’s longest running new music festival dedicated to orchestra, and winner of the League of American Orchestra and A.S.C.A.P.'s 2008-2009 John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music, and of the national A.S.C.A.P Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music from 1982-2009.

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June 11, 2009

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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 www.cabrillomusic.org or (831) 426-6966.



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APRIL 15, 2009

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CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
ANNOUNCES 2009 SEASON


The nation’s longest running new music festival dedicated to orchestra presents its 47th Anniversary season featuring new works by composers from all over the world, including Argentina, Australia, Israel, Mexico, Scotland, the UK and US

Santa Cruz, California, August 2-16, 2009
Music Director, Marin Alsop


SANTA CRUZ, CA—April 15, 2009—The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music is pleased to announce its 47th season, led by Music Director and Conductor Marin Alsop, August 2-16, 2009.

Most recently named Musical America’s 2009 Conductor of the Year, Alsop’s vision for her 18th season at the Cabrillo Festival spans across the globe—and features 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 in what the Wall Street Journal has hailed as “two of the most thoughtful and original summer musical weekends anywhere in America."

“The Cabrillo Festival remains an artistic oasis in the world,” said Festival Music Director and Conductor Marin Alsop. “It’s all about the creative process and individuals expressing themselves in the here and now. I believe it is at the core of who we are as human beings, and everyone who experiences the Festival—musicians, composers, and audiences—comes away with their own personal revelation. It’s an incredibly inspiring and life-affirming experience. And my programming this year reflects that sense of celebration and expansiveness.”

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), and Grawemeyer Award-winner George Tsontakis (US).

The roster of guest artists this season is equally impressive and includes cellist Alisa Weilerstein, hyper-accordionist Michael Ward-Bergeman, percussionists Jamey Haddad, Cyro Baptista, Galen Lemmon and Steve Hearn, trumpet player Craig Morris, and assistant conductor Carolyn Kuan.

“Each year the Cabrillo Festival produces four, first-rate, symphonic programs of new works," said Festival Executive Director Ellen Primack. "Nowhere else in the world are so many new pieces performed at one time, to such a warm and devoted audience. Composers, professional orchestra players, and audiences travel from across the globe to participate in two weeks of exhilarating, intense, and wonderful music-making.  Open rehearsals, composers' forums, pre-rehearsal talks, and a chance to meet and hear from the greatest contemporary composers of our time make the Festival a profoundly meaningful educational and social experience.”  

And in true Santa Cruz spirit, Maestra Alsop and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra mark the 14th Anniversary of Jerry Garcia’s death on August 9 with Lee Johnson’s orchestral tribute to the Grateful Dead, Dead Symphony, no. 6. Encompassing some of the Grateful Dead’s most popular melodies while staying true to the band’s magical jams, Dead Symphony no. 6 is a work in 12 movements.

Opening Night: Azul - Friday, August 7, 2009, 8pm - Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
The 47th season of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music kicks off on Friday, August 7 with Azul, at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Maestra Marin Alsop leads the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in the US premiere of Brett Dean’s Amphitheatre. Winner of the prestigious 2009 Grawemeyer Award, Dean was a permanent member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for 15 years, after which he returned to his native Australia, where he currently serves as Artistic Director of the Australian National Academy of Music. The evening also features the World Premiere of Rise from the Dark, by British composer David Heath. Based rhythmically and harmonically on the music of John Coltrane and Miles Davis, and structurally on classical music, Rise from the Dark is a triumphant work that honors a life taken too soon. The evening concludes with Grammy-award winner and MacArthur fellow Osvaldo Golijov’s celebrated work, Azul. Featuring cellist Alisa Weilerstein, hyper-accordionist Michael Ward-Bergeman, and percussionists Jamey Haddad and Cyro Baptista, Azul is a work in four movements inspired by the color of the night sky, and influenced by The Heights of Macchu Picchu by poet Pablo Neruda. This concert is preceded by a Pre-Concert Dinner & Talk on Church Street outside the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, beginning at 6:30pm.

Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! - Saturday, August 8, 8pm - Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
On Saturday August 8, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Alsop, perform the West Coast premiere of composer Enrico Chapela’s hit symphonic poem, ínguesu, based on the infamous 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup soccer match between Mexico and Brazil. The Mexican-born Chapela is one of the most exciting young talents to emerge from Latin America, with a growing number of international performances and commissions. The Dallas Morning News describes how the composer “transmutes the cheers and jeers of the 1999 Mexico vs. Brazil soccer match into an Ivesian collage of chatter, blast and slide.”

Israeli-born Avner Dorman, who at 25 was the youngest composer to ever win Israel's prestigious Prime Minister's award, and most recently was recognized by the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation as a chosen artist, joins the evening’s roster of superstar composers. His concerto, Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!, features Festival Orchestra principal percussionists Galen Lemmon and Steve Hearn in a high-energy work that combines Middle-Eastern drums, orchestral percussion, and rock drums with orchestral forces. Zubin Mehta wrote of the work: “This music is just going to sweep the audience. The Indian influence in the first movement makes me feel at home. The Middle Eastern atmosphere of the second movement is just magical, and the third movement is a tour de force.” The evening concludes with another work by Australian composer Brett Dean, Moments of Bliss. Awarded “Best Composition” at the Australian Classical Music Awards, Moments of Bliss is an orchestral precursor of the esteemed composer’s forthcoming opera Bliss.

The evening is followed by a Talkback Session with Marin Alsop, featured composers, and soloists.

Free Family Concert - Sunday, August 9, 1pm - Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
The Cabrillo Festival hosts its annual Free Family Concert on Sunday, August 9 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. The Cabrillo Festival’s Free Family Concerts have become legendary—a staple in the musical education and upbringing of area youngsters, and a no less entertaining and engaging experience for their parents. The concert begins with the popular petting zoo-style Tour of the Orchestra, where kids get to meet the orchestra players—up close and personal! This is followed by a grand concert experience with Maestra Marin Alsop, Assistant Conductor Carolyn Kuan and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. This year the Family Concert features excerpts from two wonderful, accessible works, Matthew Hindson’s Rave-Elation and Avner Dorman’s Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! featuring the lively sounds of percussionists Galen Lemmon and Steve Hearn.

Sugar Magnolia: A Special Benefit Concert/A Tribute to the Grateful Dead - Sunday, August 9, 8pm - Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
In honor of the 14th Anniversary of Jerry Garcia’s death, conductor Alsop and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra delve into the psychadelic world of the Grateful Dead with American composer Lee Johnson’s popular Dead Symphony no. 6. The first orchestral tribute to the legendary band responsible for sparking a cultural revolution, Dead Symphony no. 6 has been a hit with audiences and critics alike. Dead Symphony no. 6 dedicates separate movements to Grateful Dead hits Saint Stephen, Here Comes Sunshine, Mountains of the Moon, Blues for Allah, Sugar Magnolia, To Lay Me Down, If I Had the World to Give, Stella Blue, Bird Songs and China Doll. The work includes a symphonic jam session. The concert also features the US premiere of Australian composer Matthew Hindson’s Rave-Elation (Schindowski Mix), another work that uses popular music as a starting point—this time techno music. Hindson’s inspiration for this work came from dance and rave parties—particularly the partygoers’ single-minded indulgence in physical enjoyment.

The evening is followed by a Q&A with Composer Lee Johnson; Dennis McNally, longtime publicist and biographer of the Grateful Dead; and David Gans, author and host of the nationally-syndicated Grateful Dead Hour. The China Cats, a Grateful Dead cover band, will perform that evening on the outdoor Church Street Stage as part of the Cabrillo Music Art Food & Wine Festival.

Behold the Sun - Saturday, August 15, 8pm – Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
The Cabrillo Festival’s second weekend kicks off on Saturday, August 15 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium with Maestra Marin Alsop leading the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in the US premiere of Scottish composer James MacMillan’s The Sacrifice: Three Interludes, a symphonic suite taken from MacMillan’s celebrated opera, The Sacrifice, a work based on a medieval Welsh tale and focusing on issues of love and conflict. The US Premiere of British composer Joby Talbot’s Desolation Wilderness, featuring the Festival Orchestra’s principal trumpet Craig Morris, was inspired by the composer’s visit to the Sierra Nevada in Northern California. Desolation Wilderness was celebrated as a "lavish, panoramic piece of Americana inspired by a drive through the untamed expanses of the north Californian landscape, whose musical moods mirror the quicksilver changes of the desert climate." (Guardian). The evening concludes with composer Magnus Lindberg’s Seht die Sonne (Behold the Sun), hailed as “an extravagant and glittering piece on a grand scale, full of bold gestures and big effects” (Financial Times). The most popular Finnish composer since Sibelius, Lindberg is soon to be Composer-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic.

Music at the Mission: Kingdom Come - Sunday August 16, 4:30pm and 8pm – Mission San Juan Batista
Maestra Marin Alsop, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and American composers George Tsontakis, Ingram Marshall, Kevin Puts and Aaron Jay Kernis bring the 2009 to a resounding close with two concerts and two West Coast Premieres at Mission San Juan Bautista. Tsontakis is the recipient of two of the richest and most prestigious awards in all of classical music: the Grawemeyer Award and the Ives Living award. His work, Clair de Lune is a colorful homage to 20th Century French music. In Ingram Marshall’s work, Kingdom Come, the composer combines taped sounds from the outside world with orchestral sounds in a piece that was celebrated in the New York Times as "some of the most stirring spiritual art to be found in America today." The final concerts conclude with Alsop conducting two anticipated West Coast Premieres: Two Mountain Scenes by young composer Kevin Puts, whose work has been described as “...inventive, clever, haunting and poetic” (Los Angeles Times) and Invisible Mosaic III by Pulitzer-Prize winner Aaron Jay Kernis.

CABRILLO FESTIVAL CONCERT TICKETS, SCHEDULE & SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
August 2-16, 2009

Maestra Marin Alsop conducts the award-winning Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in one World Premiere, five US Premieres, and three West Coast Premieres.

TICKETS:
Festival tickets range from $30-$50 with many events free and open to the public. As of April 15, the public may access information on the 2009 Festival website at www.cabrillomusic.org or call (831) 426-6966. Tickets may be ordered by mail beginning mid-May through the Festival’s Advance Ticket Order Form; and then via phone, walk-up, or on-line beginning June 15.

Opening Night: Azul
Friday, August 7, 2009, 8pm, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Brett Dean:  Amphitheatre (US Premiere)
David Heath: Rise from the Dark (World Premiere)
Osvaldo Golijov: Azul, featuring Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Michael Ward-Bergeman, hyper-accordion; Jamey Haddad, percussion; Cyro Baptista, percussion

(Preceded by a Pre-Concert Dinner & Talk on Church Street outside the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, beginning at 6:30pm.)

Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!
Saturday, August 8, 2009, 8pm, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Enrico Chapela: ínguesu (West Coast Premiere)
Avner Dorman: Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!, featuring Galen Lemmon and Steve Hearn, percussion
Brett Dean: Moments of Bliss (US Premiere)

(Followed by a Talkback Session with Marin Alsop, featured composers, and soloists.)

Free Family Concert
Sunday, August 9, 2009, 1pm, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Open to all ages, this free event features a “petting-zoo” style tour of the orchestra, and a performance by the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, led by Maestra Alsop and assistant conductor Carolyn Kuan.

Sugar Magnolia: A Special Benefit Concert/A Tribute to the Grateful Dead
Sunday, August 9, 2009, 8pm, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Matthew Hindson:  Rave-Elation (Schindowski Mix) (US Premiere)
Lee Johnson: Dead Symphony no. 6

(Followed by a Q&A with Composer Lee Johnson; Dennis McNally, longtime publicist and biographer of the Grateful Dead; and David Gans, host of Dead Radio)

Behold the Sun
Saturday, August 15, 8pm, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
James MacMillan:  The Sacrifice: Three Interludes (US Premiere)
Joby Talbot: Desolation Wilderness (US Premiere), featuring Craig Morris, trumpet
Magnus Lindberg: Seht die Sonne (Behold the Sun)

Music at the Mission: Kingdom Come
Sunday, August 16, 2009, 4:30pm & 8pm, Mission San Juan Bautista
George Tsontakis:  Clair de Lune
Ingram Marshall: Kingdom Come
Kevin Puts: Two Mountain Scenes (West Coast Premiere)
Aaron Jay Kernis: Invisible Mosaic III (West Coast Premiere)

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

World Premiere
David Heath: Rise from the Dark

U.S. Premiere
Brett Dean:  Amphitheatre
Brett Dean: Moments of Bliss
Matthew Hindson:  Rave-Elation (Schindowski Mix)
James MacMillan:  The Sacrifice: Three Interludes
Joby Talbot: Desolation Wilderness (concerto for trumpet)

West Coast Premieres
Enrico Chapela:  ínguesu
Kevin Puts: Two Mountain Scenes
Aaron Jay Kernis: Invisible Mosaic III

Ten Composers-in-Residence
Enrico Chapela
Brett Dean
Avner Dorman
Osvaldo Golijov
David Heath
Matthew Hindson
Lee Johnson
Ingram Marshall
Kevin Puts
Joby Talbot

Guest Artists
Carolyn Kuan, conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Michael Ward-Bergeman, hyper-accordion
Jamey Haddad, percussion
Cyro Baptista, percussion
Galen Lemmon, percussion
Steven Hearn, percussion
Craig Morris, trumpet

CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC is America’s longest running new music festival dedicated to orchestra. Winner of the national ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music for 25 consecutive years, and in 2009 winner of ASCAP's John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music.

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OCTOBER 10, 2008

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music awarded James Irvine Foundation Grant

Third Phase of Irvine Foundation’s Arts Regional Initiative Continues Commitment to Leading Regional Arts Institutions

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SANTA CRUZ, CA — On October 8, The James Irvine Foundation awarded $3.8 million in grants to 14 arts institutions along California’s Central Coast that are committed to broadening and diversifying their audiences and strengthening their financial sustainability. As part of the Arts Regional Initiative, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music has been selected for a grant of $225,000, disbursed over a 3-year period.

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music plans to use this grant for the development of its digital and Internet capabilities, for fundraising outreach to communities beyond Santa Cruz County, for staff development, and to continue its role in commissioning new works. “We’re thrilled with the incentive this award gives to so many important initiatives, and the vote of confidence in the leadership role the Festival is beginning to have in our industry,” said Ellen Primack, Executive Director of the Cabrillo Festival. “It challenges us to not only secure the Festival’s long-term organizational health, but to make significant advances in the field of modern symphonic music during the grant period.”

“We are excited to support these institutions because they are producing high-quality arts programming and are ready to continue deepening and diversifying their audience base as the Central Coast becomes increasingly diverse,” noted James E. Canales, the Irvine Foundation’s President and CEO.

The organizations represent a mix of artistic disciplines, including music, dance, opera, literary arts, theater, visual arts and multidisciplinary arts. The grants will be awarded over three years and grantees will share resources, best practices and lessons learned. Grantees will also develop common goals focused on leadership development, operations, marketing, fundraising, technology and audience development.

The first phase of the Arts Regional Initiative in 2006 focused on organizations in the Inland Empire and Orange and San Diego counties. The second phase in 2007 focused on organizations in the Central Valley.

The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grant-making foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. The Foundation’s grant-making is organized around three program areas: Arts, Youth and California Perspectives, which focuses on improving decision making on significant state issues. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided over $1 billion in grants to more than 3,000 nonprofit organizations throughout California. With current assets of over $1.8 billion, the Foundation expects to make grants of $81 million in 2008 for the people of California.

 

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