&ldquoAs Alsop faced the cellos and drew from them the most tremendously shaped phrases with every inflection of her baton, you were aware of being in the presence of greatness.&rdquo
3rd March 2016
2016 Cabrillo Festival announced

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, America’s longest running festival dedicated to new music for orchestra, has announced its 54th season program running from July 31 – August 13, 2016. The 2016 Festival will be Marin Alsop’s final year as she steps down as Music Director after 25 years.

Marin concludes her tenure at Cabrillo with a series of premiere-filled concerts, featuring works by celebrated and rising young composers – among them John Adams, Christopher Rouse, James MacMillan, Anna Clyne, Mason Bates, Jennifer Higdon and Kevin Puts – whose talents she has fostered during her remarkable time with the Festival.

Among this season’s highlights are several world premieres including a new symphonic ballet by Anna Clyne, choreographed by Kitty McNamee and danced by members of Hysterica Dance Company; Spider Dance by John Adams, commissioned in honor of Marin by the musicians of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra; a Festival-commissioned work by emerging composer Michael Kropf; and the West Coast premiere of Kevin Puts’ The City.

For the last 25 years as conductor, music director, and guiding light of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Marin has championed new music, nurtured artists and audiences and raised the Festival to international stature. This year’s evening orchestral concerts are all named in her honor: Power & Devotion, Inspiration & Impact, Courage & Connection, Memory & Meaning.

In addition to the featured evening concerts, the Festival will continue the tradition of hosting open rehearsals, pre-rehearsal talks, and the Conductors/Composers Workshop, a professional training program focusing on the creation and performance of new music.

To find out more visit the Cabrillo Festival website.