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Each year, just before the Cabrillo Festival season officially begins, we gather together with our donors for a special chamber music concert featuring members of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. A friendly and intimate affair, it has become another relished tradition. So, despite the distance, we gather again in a new but meaningful way. On July 25, donors of $300+ joined an online Happy ½ Hour gathering via Zoom, when Maestro Cristi Măcelaru and his wife Cheryl Huddleston joined from Europe, and a special commemoration was made honoring Executive Director Ellen Primack’s 30 years with Cabrillo Festival. Then donors enjoyed a recorded concert of solo works performed by 2020 guest artist/pianist Lara Downes, Concertmaster Justin Bruns, violinist Robyn Julyan, saxophonist Jonathan Hostottle, percussionist Scott Christian, and Principal Flute Tim Munro. Donors are welcome to watch the concert at any time, and the Zoom session was recorded and will be available on this site in the coming days. 

Support from individual donors is at the heart and soul of how the Cabrillo Festival has come to survive and thrive for 58 years—bringing new music to life and supporting artists and audiences. Now, perhaps more than ever, the generosity and commitment of our donors is paramount. If you haven’t already made your contribution, please feel free to make a donation now, and receive an invitation to this very special event! 

An email with the concert password has been sent to all eligible donors. If you have not received your email, please contact us right away. If you make a new $300 donation, we will send you the password too! Following the premiere, the entire event will be streamable on our website using the same password. As a reminder, this event is a donor benefit. Please do not share the link or password. Thank you

Donors Concert Program 

Carlos Simon: Between Worlds 
Justin Bruns, Concertmaster 

Evan Chambers: Deep Flowers 
Jonathan Hostottle, Saxophone 

Jessie Montgomery: Rhapsody No. 1 
Robyn Julyan, Violin 

David Skidmore: I Leave You the Real World; Aground  
Scott Christian, Principal Timpani   

Elena Ruehr: The Beyond  
Guest Artist Lara Downes, Piano  

Eve Beglarian: I will not be sad in this world  
Tim Munro, Principal Flute  

Eve Beglarian: I will not be sad in this world  
Tim Munro, Principal Flute 


  1. Make a donation of $300 or more to support Cabrillo Festival! Not sure of your current donation status? Contact us and we will be happy to confirm for you!
  2. We will contact you with the information you’ll need to access this Donors-only content. [Update: we sent emails on July 22 and 25 with this information to all current donors. If you did not receive it, please contact us right away!] 
  3. For technical guidance, please check out our How to View page, or simply contact us using the link above with any questions. We want to make sure this experience is easy, effortless, and fun!