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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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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.

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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.

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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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The Festival Through My Eyes: Works in Process

From Open Rehearsals to Student Staff projects, Megan Levad’s poetry workshop, and the astounding In the Works concert, this Festival is brimming with personal and collective creative growth.


The Festival Through My Eyes: An Introduction

Sienna Ballou blogs about working alongside the Festival Staff, assisting them in a myriad of ways before, during, and after the Festival—witnessing and being a part of Festival processes.

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Field Notes: Poet in Residence Gary Young

Music marks time—gathers, embraces, endures it. Thunder in the tympani, nectar in the run of a flute; arpeggios of wonder, terror, and desire. When the orchestra plays, the world flies at us on a fierce wind.

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