For this year’s “In the Blue Room” recital, Maestra Alsop shines the spotlight on the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra and the remarkable artists that make it so extraordinary. The Festival’s core performance group is an ensemble of sixty-eight professional musicians—each a new music advocate in their own right—who come to Santa Cruz from all over the world. This evening will feature chamber performances from players in the percussion and oboe sections, and will include a world premiere Festival commission by Alexander Miller—assistant principal oboe and 2016 composer-in-residence! The performances will be interleaved with screenings of two short documentaries by award-winning filmmaker Sasha Friedlander. The video series introduces moving personal stories and highlights the exceptional commitment, artistic passion, and technical mastery of these Festival Orchestra players. Alsop considers the Festival musicians to be “the heroes of our story” and tonight creates an intimate opportunity to experience their gifts in a chamber music setting.
Photo credits: Festival percussionists (Jess Frye); Festival oboists, and background instrument images (rr jones).