&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
Musicomh.com
25th April 2014
Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music 52nd season announced

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Marin Alsop and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music have announced the program for its 52nd season taking place in Santa Cruz, California, from August 1 – 10, 2014.

Music Director Marin Alsop returns to lead the Festival in an extraordinary offering of new music and a remarkable line-up of guest artists with a program featuring thirteen composers in residence, three world premieres, two US premieres and four West Coast premieres.

The thirteen composers-in-residence selected by Marin this season illustrate the broad spectrum of talented artists making music today. Young, emerging composers such as TJ Cole, Gabriella Smith and Dylan Mattingly will share the spotlight with established composers such as John Adams, Jennifer Higdon and Brett Dean.

The Cabrillo Festival’s innovative spirit is alive and well in Marin’s 2014 programming. Many of this season’s works highlight instruments atypical to the classical repertoire including Béla Fleck’s concerto for banjo and orchestra; John Adams’ saxophone concerto featuring saxophone star Timothy McAllister; and the use of the untraditional Oboe-like Armenian duduk and the Central-Eastern European cimbalom in a large symphonic work by Mark-Anthony Turnage. And self-proclaimed “classically trained garage band” Time for Three defies traditional classification – bringing to the Festival their limitless enthusiasm and no musical boundaries.

In addition to the featured evening concerts, the Festival continues its 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.

Watch a video of Marin announcing the Festival’s 2014 season here.

To read the full announcement on the Cabrillo Festival website click here.