2013 Press Quotes

“There’s no concert series anywhere where such a high percentage of the music is written by people still breathing — even walking around in front of you, taking in the mellow sights of a Santa Cruz summer.”

—Jeff Dunn, San Francisco Classical Voice | read more…

“Clyne is an artist of uncommon power, depth and intelligence who brings a genius quality to her ‘Night Ferry.’ … It is a galvanic, sophisticated and multi-textured composition, performed brilliantly by the Cabrillo orchestra.”

—Barbara Rose Shuler, Monterey County Herald | read more…

“The final program in this year’s Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music seemed designed to prove that modernism, the ethos that dominated classical music in the early- and mid- 20th century, is not only alive and well, it’s kicking and bawling lustily.”

—David Bratman, San Francisco Classical Voice | read more…

“In case you doubted it, the level of instrumental virtuosity has taken a giant step up, witness flutist Adam Walker’s premiere of Kevin Puts’ Flute Concerto (2013) on the Cabrillo Festival’s opening night program, and clarinetist Emil Jonason’s speed-of-light skitter through Magnus Lindberg’s Clarinet Concerto (2002) on the Festival’s closing program Sunday at Mission San Juan.”

—Scott MacClelland, Performing Arts Monterey Bay | read more…

“Like Norman’s Gran Turismo at the 2011 Cabrillo Festival, Unstuck left me wanting to hear more and longer works from this very talented composer.”

—Lisa Hirsch, San Francisco Classical Voice | read more…

“Friday’s opening concert at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium was wall-to-wall excellence, showcasing works by Derek Bermel, Kevin Puts and Christopher Rouse…The orchestra was tight as a drum in playing these three difficult works, which it took up in rehearsal just last week.”

—Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News | read more…

“Bates finds the perfect balance between innovative complexity and speaking in the idiom of our time. For too long, academic composers scared audiences away by neglecting to find that balance, resulting in a common fear of contemporary music. The Cabrillo Festival counters that perception with open-mindedness and enthusiasm. While Bates is unafraid to use dissonance, quartertones, and ‘unpleasant’ sounds all over the place, he also brings in jazzy melodies, hip-hop beats, and fiddle tunes, performed by Concertmaster Justin Bruns in some of the most evocative playing of the evening.”

—Be’eri Moalem, San Francisco Classical Voice | read more…

“Conductor Carolyn Kuan—an emergency substitute for Marin Alsop, the festival’s music director, who injured her hand last month—is doing a spectacular job, stepping into the breach. The festival orchestra, always fine, sounds awesome.”

—Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News | read more…

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