Cabrillo Festivo – Contemporary Music Con Brio


On Friday, August 11, at the Civic, Maestro Macelaru and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra performed four fine works of diverse character. The West Coast Premiere of William Bolcom’s (1938) Symphony No. 9 (2012) opened the evening’s concert. In a conversation with friends about this work, Bolcom mentioned that this symphony would round off his composition of symphonies. The list of composers who composed nine symphonies and no more, is extensive: Beethoven, Schubert, Dvorak, Spohr, Bruckner, Mahler, Vaughn Williams and the list goes on. The “curse of the 9th Symphony” has been attributed to Arnold Schoenberg and began with Gustav Mahler, who after having composed his Eighth Symphony composed Das Lied von der Erde, structurally in symphonic form, then composed his ninth symphony, but no more. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Concerto

Cabrillo Festival – Music Tributes Part 1

Conductor Cristian Macelaru

After a most successful opening concert, the Cabrillo Festival continued with its second exciting concert at the Civic on Saturday, August 5. The concert began with Three Latin American Dances (2003) by Gabriela Lena Frank (1972); Violin Concerto Tributes (2009) by James Stephenson (1969) featuring highly distinguished violinist Jennifer Frautschi (West Coast Premiere); The Conjured Life (2017) by David T. Little (1978) and Double Play (2010) by Cindy McTee (1953). Read full story

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The Other Side of the Cabrillo Festival — Annual Family Concert


Yes, there is another side of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Festival that in many ways is at least of equal importance as the incredible programming of newly composed modern music. The side in question is education in general and the introduction of what a symphony orchestra is and its importance to youngsters. All of this takes place at the annual Family Concert held in the Civic and it’s FREE of charge! It took place on Sunday, August 6 at 1 pm. By 12:30 pm there was an incredible line of parents and their young family members anxiously waiting for the doors to open. Youngsters ranging from infants to those making the double digit mark filled the Civic beaming with energy and curious expectations. Read full story

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Opening Night – Cabrillo Festival  2017

Arguably, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music is one the very finest anywhere to be found. To add the deserved exclamation point, add the Festival’s newly appointed Music Director Cristian Macelaru, affectionately called “Cristi.”  The Maestro has brought yet another amazing dimension to programming — the excellent selection of guest composers and artists, plus, of course, the splendid orchestra he has the pleasure of directing. “Cristi” is charismatic in his approach to the Festival Orchestra and its audience. In the short space of a week he has demonstrated how well prepared he is for the challenge of the scheduled contemporary works and to become the new, highly polished cornerstone of this unique Festival. Read full story

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Opening Night at Carmel Bach Festival 2017 – 80th Anniversary

Paul Goodwin, Artistic Director & Principal Conductor

In the words of Mr. Goodwin: “As we celebrate our 80th birthday I have endeavored to expand the breadth of the Festival, incorporating as many musical tastes as possible under the ever inspiring umbrella of Johann Sebastian Bach.” Thus it is that we are witnessing this season the Carmel Bach Festival continuing to evolve and bringing us works as distant from the Baroque as Philip Glass, Gustav Mahler, Frank Martins, Richard Rodney Bennett, Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein, John Corigliano, Jerome Kern, Keenan Boswell and Leonard Bernstein.

It was an auspicious day for the opening night: the weather was sunny and mild, the opening night concert was nearly sold out, there was an art sale benefit going on in the Chapman Gallery, the Tower Music ensemble was as impressive as ever, and, as usual, there was the inimitable David Gordon delivering another one of his impressive lectures preceding the opening night concert. Read full story

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