Meet Our New Executive Director

Dear Friends of Cabrillo Festival, I am pleased to announce that D. Riley Nicholson has assumed his role as our new Executive Director, beginning this

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2023 Community Poem: What Will We Find?

Introduction by Farnaz Fatemi, 2023 Cabrillo Festival Poet-In-Residence It was a thrill and honor to serve as Poet-in-Residence for this year’s Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary

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A Letter from Ellen

To my beloved community, After a profoundly rewarding career stewarding the Cabrillo Festival for more than three decades, I have decided now to step down

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From Ashes to Liberation

In response to The Violins of Hope, Guest Blogger Kendall Grady asks: How can we heal a wound without reducing its significance or ceding power to its source? How can we protect the future from a repetition of the past without falling backwards?

Moons Over Miami

Guest Blogger Kendall Grady considers the intertextuality of Moonlight: Second Oboe Concerto, composed by Kevin Puts and the film ‘Moonlight,’ directed by Barry Jenkins.

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2022 Pandemic Pivot – Week Two changes

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.

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