Ellen smiling and handing out roses at the festival

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

old photo of people playing violins in front of audience outdoors

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.

Cristi Macelaru and Cabrillo Festival String Players

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.

Valerie Joi and Cristian Macelaru

Music is a Heart Opener

Guest Blogger Kendall Grady speaks with Valerie Joi ahead of her Cabrillo Festival debut as narrator in The Battle for the Ballot.

ITW composers 2022

Recasting Self and Other

Guest Blogger Kendall Grady reflects on Cabrillo Festival’s 2022 In the Works composers, drawing connections between their respective world premiere works.

When There Are Nine artists take a bow

2022 Season Announcement

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Celebrates its 60th Anniversary Season and Returns to In-Person Concerts.


Audio Samples

Listen to excerpts of performances by the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra conducted by Cristian Macelaru.

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