2018 Slideshow September 21, 2018 Enjoy this slideshow of images from our 2018 season! All images are by RR Jones, unless otherwise indicated. Board Members Liza Culick and Marcia Smith welcome supporters to the Donors Concert. Larry Friedman samples a pairing from Soif Restaurant and Windy Oaks at the Donors Concert. Oswald, Ella's at the Airport, Storrs, and Equinox were also enjoyed! Maestro Cristi Macelaru extends his thanks during the Donors Concert. Philippe Brunet combined Tuvan throat singing with many extended trumpet techniques at the Donors Concert. David Gerstein performs at the Donors Concert. Cristi Macelaru and Concertmaster Justin Bruns. Violinists Ben Tomkins and Max Haft compare notes. Cabrillo Festival basoons! (Photo by Crystal Birns) Zosha Di Castri's score (Photo by Crystal Birns) Principal Keyboard Emily Wong. (Photo by Crystal Birns) Cristi Macelaru rehearses with soprano Mary Mackenzie. Cristi leads the Festival Orchestra. (Photo by Crystal Birns) Festival basses chat during rehearsal. (Photo by Crystal Birns) Cristi and violinist Philippe Quint in rehearsal for Bolcom's Violin Concerto. Cristi and pianist Simon Trpceski in rehearsal for Pande Shahov's Piano Concerto. Composer Huang Ruo reviews his score with orchestra players. A delegation from Santa Cruz' sister city in Japan dropped in at an open rehearsal and loved it! Concertmaster Justin Bruns demonstrates bow technique to a young open rehearsal attendee. Composer Pande Shahov discusses his new Piano Concerto with pianist Simon Trpceski and conductor Cristi Macelaru. Percussionist Ward Spangler amid the tools of his trade. Cellist Jennifer Humphreys practices at the Civic Auditorium. Principal percussionist Galen Lemmon gets swirly in rehearsal for Huang Ruo's Folk Songs. Cabrillo Festival offers composers the rare and treasured chance to get together! (L-R: Gabriela Lena Frank, Vivian Fung, Kristin Kuster, Karim Al-Zand, and violinist Philippe Quint) The Opening Night crowd gathers outside the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium for dinner and a talk by Cristi Macelaru. Music Director and Conductor Cristian Macelaru speaks with KALW radio producer, pianist and composer Sarah Cahill. Executive Diretor Ellen Primack and Maestro Macelaru welcome the 2018 Cabrillo Festival Orchestra on to the Civic Auditorium stage, to riotous applause from the audience. Cristi congratulates soprano Mary Mackenzie (L) and composer Zosha Di Castri (R) following the U.S. premiere of Dear Life. Composer Huang Ruo introduces his Folk Songs for Orchestra Composer Pande Shahov receives a standing ovation, and passes it on to the orchestra, following the world premiere of his Piano Concerto No.2. 80-year old composer William Bolcom has heard his music programmed by every Cabrillo Festival music director since Dennis Russell Davies! Cristi and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra take a bow. Cristi and wife Cheryl enjoy handmade local pupusas by the wonderful Ayala sisters! (staff photo) Composers and musicians mingle and relax at the opening night cast party. (staff photo) The 2018 Meet the Composers panel included Karim Al-Zand, William Bolcom, Zosha Di Castri, Dan Dediu, Gabriela Lena Frank, Vivian Fung, Kristin Kuster, Huang Ruo, Pande Shahov, and Peter Shin. Gabriela Lena Frank answers a question during Meet the Composers. David Harrington of Kronos Quartet. Kronos Quartet offered a spectacular chamber concert at the Civic Auditorium. Delyana Lazarova (Switzerland/Bulgaria), Conductors Workshop fellow. Boon Hua Lien (New York/Singapore), Conductors Workshop fellow. Maestro Macelaru coaches during the Conductors Workshop. Participants and faculty of the 2018 Conductors/Composers Workshop. Cristi with Composers Workshop finalists (L-R): Charles Peck, Natalie Dietterich, and Carlos Simon. Festival Orchestra members give a pre-rehearsal talk (L-R) Matt Albert (vioin), Craig Morris (trumpet), Tim Munro (flute), Bharat Chandra (clarinet), and Jennifer Humphreys (cello). Festival Orchestra members talk about "Orch Life" during a pre-rehearsal talk. Members of the volunteer Scullery Crew, who lovingly prepare breakfast for our artists each morning. The faces behind the scenes – the Cabrillo Festival production team! (not pictured: Kelly Ott) The Cabrillo Festival All-Volunteer Usher Brigade, led by House Manager Jennifer Chard!! A line forms around the block in anticipation of Community Night! (staff photo) Bharat and Anne Chandra perform at Community Night. Cristi acknowledges performers during Community Night. Festival percussionists Scott Christian, Svet Styanov, and Galen Lemmon perform Table Music at Community Night. Trombonist Ava Ordman chats with fans following her Community Night performance. After the Community Night concert, audience members mingled with musicians. What does community mean to YOU? (staff photo) The Great Morgani kicks off the 2018 Church Street Fair! Aza brings Moroccan fusion music to the Church Street Fair stage. A little Church Street Fair reveler enjoys the day. SambaDa performs on the Church Street Fair stage. A Church Street Fair vendor sparkles in her charming booth! (staff photo) Executive Director Ellen Primak hands out tickets to the Free Family Concert. (staff photo) Violinist Ben Tomkins makes a connection with young Free Family Concert audience member! Composer Huang Ruo and family become part of the Free Family Concert crowd. Narrator Nora el Samahy, composer Karim Al-Zand and Cristi Macelaru following the Free Family Concert. Lyndsey Loosley, Director of Artistic Operations; composer Vivian Fung; and Ellen Primack, Executive Director. Violinist Rob Simonds takes a quiet moment in the hall to warm up. Cristi with composer Missy Mazzoli. Co-soloists for Nico Muhly's Impossible Things: Nicholas Phan (tenor) and Justin Bruns (vioin). Composer Peter S. Shin works with Cristi on his new work, Hypercolor. Composer Sean Shepherd introduces his brand new work, Melt, to the Festival Orchestra. The Festival horns! The Festival celli! The Cabrillo Festival Student Staff Ensemble performs a free concert. The Student Staff Ensemble. Composer Peter Shin introduces the world premiere of Hypercolor. Cristi leads the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra and pianist Philip Edward Fisher. 2018-slideshow-049 Composer John Corigliano in rehearsal for his Piano Concerto, programmed in honor of his 80th birth year. Donors sit "Inside the Orchestra" during a rehearsal. Justin Bruns and Matt Albert rehearse. Cristi with composer Pierre Jalbert. Cristi stops by the pre-concert Prix Fixe Dinner at Gabriella's. (staff photo) Cristi entertains Cafe Mare diners at the pre-concert Prix Fixe Dinner. (staff photo) Cristi Macelaru leads his Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. Orchestra members and friends enjoy the post-concert reception outside the Santa Cruz Civic. (staff photo) Board members Earleen Overend and Ciara Harraher help out at the post-concert reception. Lecturer Prue Ashurst with composers Michael Gandolfi and Anna Clyne at the post-concert reception outside the Santa Cruz Civic. (staff photo) Tenor Nicholas Phan introduces Impossible Things on behalf of composer Nico Muhly. Composer Anna Clyne following the performance of Abstractions. Composer Michael Gandolfi, following the West Coast premiere of The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Part 1. Pianist Philip Edward Fisher, composer John Corigliano, and conductor Cristian Macelaru.