Marlos Nobre: Kabbalah [West Coast Premiere]
Kevin Puts: Last August [World Premiere | Festival Orchestra Commission]*
Osvaldo Golijov: Oceana (The Choral Project, choir; Alicia Olatuja, vocalist; Los Angeles Duo—guitarists Donovan Butez and Bryan Fasola; Lucas Fedronic, boy soprano)
John Corigliano: Symphony No. 1
Three powerful and vivid works close out this year’s Cabrillo Festival, paying heartfelt tribute and poignant adieu. Tonight Alsop introduces us to the work of composer Marlos Nobre, considered by many to be the greatest contemporary Brazilian composer of his time. The Festival Orchestra performs his work Kabbalah, whose rhythmic and melodic structures are based on the numerology of the ancient mystical Jewish tradition of Kabbalah. Grammy Award-winning Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov’s Oceana is a sweeping work that marries texts by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda with Bach-infused music for orchestra, a large chorus, and soloists. Special guests include San Jose-based The Choral Project (under the direction of Artistic Director Daniel Hughes), vocalist Alicia Olatuja; Los Angeles Duo (guitarists Donovan Butez and Bryan Fasola); and a boy soprano, Lucas Fedronic. “My aim in Oceana was the transmutation of passion into geometry. This is, in my mind, the clue to both Bach’s and Neruda’s work,” wrote Golijov, who sought to inspire the feeling of “hearing order, inevitable and full of light: every note in its place, as in Bach; every word in its place, as in Neruda.” One of America’s most treasured composers, John Corigliano is the winner of a Pulitzer, four Grammy Awards, and an Oscar. Alsop will close her final Cabrillo concert with Corigliano’s stirring Symphony No. 1, a work she first conducted in 1993 at Mission San Juan Bautista. That performance remains an indelible memory to Festival audiences and musicians alike. Corigliano’s impassioned response to the AIDS crisis, Symphony No. 1 memorializes the friends and colleagues lost to the disease. “Inspired by the AIDS quilt in which loving remembrances of the dead were stitched together to form a communal fabric,” wrote The New York Times, “Corigliano’s 42-minute symphony honors his own departed and departing in music that is by turns anguished, hysterical and deeply moving.” With this final concert of her farewell season, Alsop invites the audience to join in a collective moment of reflection, remembrance, and celebration.
*Kevin Puts was commissioned in secret by the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra members in honor of Maestra Alsop, and performed conductorless on her final night at the helm of the Festival.
MEETUP! The concert is followed by an outdoor dessert reception for the entire audience and orchestra! Special thanks to dessert reception sponsor:
Please note that the Grand Finale concert is now held at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, as we bid fond adieu to Mission San Juan Bautista as a Festival venue.
Photo credit clockwise from left: Alicia Olatuja; The Choral Project, Artistic Director Daniel Hughes at front center; Los Angeles Duo (Birdman Photography); Marlos Nobre; John Corigliano (J. Henry Fair)