2022 Pandemic Pivot – Week Two changes

August 1, 2022

It has been a wild and wonderful ride as we got “Back to Live” for our 60th Anniversary season. Even behind our masks, there were wide smiles of joy and gratitude from artists and audiences, board and staff alike—reveling in the warmth of togetherness and astoundingly courageous music-making. We are so deeply moved by the artistry, generosity, and flexibility of everyone involved. 

Like so many of our counterparts in the performing arts, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra was hit by an outbreak of Covid cases–particularly impacting our (unmasked) wind and brass players. Determined to continue, Cristi and the orchestra reprogrammed our second weekend with works for strings and percussion. Everyone in the orchestra, staff, production team, and audience showed their true mettle in the face of this challenge! The extraordinary talent of the orchestra shined brightly and the love and encouragement of the audience bolstered us all! It was a triumphant musical success! Thank you to everyone who allowed Cabrillo Festival to thrive and bring the magic. Due to Covid concerns within the orchestra, programming for the closing weekend of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music has shifted. Details are below:
Saturday, August 6, 7pm, Moonlight

This evening’s program features composer Kevin Puts’ Moonlight, a concerto for oboe and string orchestra inspired by the film and its themes of resilience and compassion. Moonlight features the virtuosic oboe soloist Katherine Needleman, for whom the work was written. Richard Danielpour’s Apparitions for string orchestra and percussion is a collection of pieces inspired by fantasies, dreams, and stories of the supernatural. Valentin Silvestrov’s Silent Music for string orchestra is a beautiful work by Ukraine’s most famous living composer, who recently fled the war in Ukraine. The Festival’s superstar percussionists take centerstage in Christopher Rouse’s exhilarating Ogoun Badagris, a work deriving its inspiration from Haitian drumming pattern; and in Andrea Reinkemeyer’s percussion quartet entitled #@&%!* (expletive deleted).

Sunday, August 7, 7pm, Violins of Hope

The 2022 Festival comes to a moving close with Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s INTONATIONS: Songs from the Violins of Hope, arranged for string orchestra and percussion. This work features brilliant mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and riveting violinist Benjamin Beilman, and commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the remarkable dedication of Israeli violin restorers Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein to restore Holocaust era instruments. The program concludes with Rodion Shchedrin’s popular Carmen Suite for string orchestra. 

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