Archival Audio: Festival Influencers

Below you will find a collection of historic interviews, panel talks, and in-depth musical analysis that demonstrate the sweep of the Festival’s influence under artistic leaders Carlos Chavez, Dennis Russell Davies, Marin Alsop, and Cristian Macelaru; and composers Lou Harrison, Aaron Copland, John Adams and others.

Lou Harrison

Composer Lou Harrison provides a talk on the evolution of contemporary music and presents a musical demonstration illustrating the influence of Eastern percussion traditions in his music, Cabrillo Festival, 1967. Duration: 30 mins.

Carlos Chavez

Carlos Chavez (Music Director 1970-73) and Robert Hughes discuss Cabrillo Festival’s origins and 10th anniversary season. KSBW-TV “Viewpoint” Interview, 1971. Duration: 30 mins.

Dennis Russell Davies

Interview with Dennis Russell Davies (Music Director 1974-1990) on his artistic vision for the Festival, 1973. Duration: 11 mins.

Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland on integrating folk music into compositions, Cabrillo Festival panel talk, 1978. Duration: 3 mins.

John Adams

Composer John Adams (Music Director 1991), interviewed about The Death of Klinghoffer and the ’91 Festival season, KUSP radio, 1991. Duration: 15 mins.

Marin Alsop

Marin Alsop (Music Director 1992-2016) leads a panel on Bernstein’s Mass, Cabrillo Festival, 1999. Duration: 1.5 hours.

Cristian Macelaru

Cristian Macelaru (Music Director 2017-present) talks about his own artistic vision for the Festival ahead of his inaugural season, including the commission of  The Prisoner by Karim Al Zand, 2017. Duration: 4 mins.

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