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.


Archival Audio: Festival Influencers

A collection of historic interviews, panel talks, and in-depth musical analysis that demonstrate the sweep of the Festival’s influence under artistic leaders.

Announcing Our 2020 Season

Season Announcement 2020

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music celebrates its 58th season July 26 – August 9, 2020, with a remarkable season of timely, topical, and thought-provoking new works.

Collage of violin, female singer and male violinist

Violins of Hope SF Bay Area Begins

Cabrillo Festival is honored to introduce you to the Violins of Hope San Francisco Bay Area, and to be a collaborator in this profound series of events.

Nicola Bendetti and Wynton Marsalis

2019 Press Quotes

“…a Cabrillo concert is no mere event—it’s an experience.” —Paul Hertelendy,

Singer with orchestra

The Muse Visits Santa Cruz

This essay is part of Marilyn DuHamel’s Wayfinder Series about people, art works, and events that can help us find our way in these lost times.

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