- Versatile Palette: Pianist Nelson Goerner in Recital
- Pianist Halida Dinova in Aptos
- Violinist Oliveira Shines with Monterey Symphony
- Third Coast Percussion at Herbst Theater
- The Santa Cruz Symphony: Invocations
- YMMC Chamber Players at Hidden Valley
- Passionate Probity: A Recital by Nikolay Khozyainov
- Schubertiade in Santa Cruz
- Montrose Trio at Sunset Center
- Pianist Wu Han performs for Carmel Music Society
- Aria Women’s Chorus in Monterey
- Borodin Quartet in Miami
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A big, bold, women-centric season is testament to Music Director and Conductor Cristian Măcelaru’s conviction that music should reflect the world around us, and ignite our social conscience and our imaginations. From a brand new work about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to a cello concerto inspired by Rumi, to a multimedia piece about a secret women’s language from 13th century Hunan province, to Wynton Marsalis’s epic symphonic journey through African-American music history, each evening’s program will spark excitement and conversation. Twelve of our 14 composers will be in residence, and a super-star line-up of soloists will join the incredible Festival Orchestra under Maestro Măcelaru to bring the music of our time to spectacular realization. The ‘special sauce’ at the Cabrillo Festival is always our audience! Don’t be left out of a blockbuster season, plan now to attend this summer.
- Haydn’s masterpiece, The Creation on Saturday night. The performances feature the Festival’s entire company of musicians and will be sung in a Haydn-approved English translation. The work is part of the grand orchestral/choral tradition of the Festival, as represented by such audience favorites as Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the Bach Passions, and Carmina Burana.
- Two titans of Western culture—J.S. Bach and William Shakespeare—are paired in the Sunday afternoon main concerts. The first two cantatas of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio open the celebratory performances. This program kicks off a complete presentation of the Christmas Oratorio throughout the week, with two of the remaining cantatas scheduled for Monday at All Saints’ directed by Andrew Arthur, and the remaining two cantatas Wednesday night at the Carmel Mission Basilica with Andrew Megill, conductor.The second half of the program is Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with actress Francesca Faridany providing Shakespeare’s narration. Faridany is an international film, TV and theater actor. “This concert places Bach’s most colorful and pastoral cantatas alongside Mendelssohn’s magical masterpiece, a Midsummer Night’s Dream,” said Paul Goodwin. “A concert that encapsulates the beauty of Carmel-by-the-Sea, looking both to the spirit and to nature.”