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Sticks & Reeds: Percussion & Oboe

In 2016, Marin Alsop’s final season, we shone a spotlight on the spectacular musicians of our oboe and percussion sections with a very special chamber music concert titled “Sticks & Reeds.”

Dancers in field

What We’re Loving Now

As we work from home and shelter in place, the Cabrillo Festival’s staff and board have been sending each other exciting, moving, mind-blowing, or just plain fun content as a way to stay in touch.

Principal bass Ted Botsford

Ted Botsford: Rhapsody

In 2017, Cabrillo Festival’s principal bass Ted Botsford brought a very special solo bass piece to our Donors Concert.

Roomful of Teeth musicians

Roomful of Teeth in Concert

In 2019, Roomful of Teeth made their Cabrillo Festival debut for a full weekend of appearances. They have generously agreed to share a recording of that concert.

Kathleen Balfe playing cello

Kathleen Balfe: Swing Free

Cabrillo Festival cellist Kathleen Balfe, a California native now living in Spain, shares with us this poignant work in memory of her brother David, who passed away on March 26.

Robert Simonds playing violin in front of audience

Robert Simonds Violin Recital

In 2015, for the Cabrillo Festival’s inaugural Donors Concert, Festival violinist Robert Simonds conceived and performed a solo violin recital for a core group of the Festival’s most ardent supporters, held at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.

Emily Wong playing piano

Cabrillo Festival Musician-Composers

Commissioned by Cabrillo Festival, two longtime Festival Orchestra members—also accomplished composers—wrote pieces to premiere at our 2019 Community Night concert.

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music - collage of musicians

Cabrillo Festival Cancels 2020 Season

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, America’s longest running festival of new orchestral music, regrets to announce the cancellation of its 2020 Season in light of national and local guidelines regarding social distancing and the spread of COVID-19.

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