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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.

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2022 Season Announcement

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

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2021 Virtual Season Announcement

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music announces its 59th Season. Season highlights include world premieres by composers Gabriela Lena Frank, Jake Heggie, and Sean Shepherd.

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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.

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.

July 28 - August 11, 2019 Santa Cruz

2019 Season Announcement

Season highlights include a major symphonic work celebrating U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; a multimedia harp concerto about a disappearing women’s language in China; an evening of Wynton Marsalis’ works; and much more.

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2018 Season Announcement

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Announces its 56th Season. Season highlights include two world premieres, three US premieres, seven West Coast premieres, and 17 composers in residence.

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