&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
26th July 2016
Celebrating Marin’s 25th and final season at Cabrillo

When Marin finishes this year’s Cabrillo Festival, which runs July 31-Aug. 13, she will take her final bow after 25 years at the helm as Music Director, showcasing new music by living composers.

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. As a mark of celebration, each of the evening orchestral concerts this year have all been named to honor the unique qualities she has given to the Festival during her remarkable 25 year tenure: Power & Devotion, Inspiration & Impact, Courage & Connection, Memory & Meaning. For all the latest Festival information, please see the Cabrillo Festival website: http://cabrillomusic.org/


Composers, orchestra players and audience members have been sending in their messages to the Festival, honoring Marin and wishing her will in her final season. See all the messages that have been posted, and add your own, over on the Cabrillo blog.

cabrillo festival of contemporary music facts

Marin has achieved an incredible amount at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, from premiering new works and performing Festival commissions, to mentoring composers and running conductor workshops. Did you know in 2001 she changed the name from the Cabrillo Festival to the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music to reflect the Festival’s foccussed mission to program exclusively works by living composers? This led to the Festival hosting an ever increasing number of composers-in-residence. In 2009, Cabrillo Festival won the League of American Orchestra’s John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music. Following this in 2010, the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation awards Alsop and the Festival a $75k grant to make the Conductors Workshop tuition free for top participants for the next ten years. Throughout Marin’s tenure, Cabrillo went onto win the League of American Orchestra’s top ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming for 32 consecutive years!

In 2014 New York’s WQXR Radio named Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music one of top five
incubators for new music in the world. This year, Marin received the Champion of New Music Award from the American Composers Forum.

These are just some of the many achievements Marin has accomplished during her 25 year tenure. Check out the infographic below to see just some of the highlights that have happened at the Festival with Marin at the helm from 1992 – present day.

Cabrillo infographic