2014 Cabrillo Festival

In the latest edition of works by women at a Festival near you, the 2014 Cabrillo Festival will begin this weekend in Santa Cruz, California.  The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, which was founded in 1962, has been under the baton of Artistic Director Marin Alsop since 1992.  Alsop has helped bring many new works by women to listeners’ ears at the two-week long festival.  This year Cabrillo will feature six works by contemporary women.

Today, July 30, the three students selected for the Conductors/Composers workshop will have their new works heard in a free concert.  One of the students selected for this opportunity and recognition is Emily Cooley, a recent Yale graduate who will continue her studies at the Curtis Institute in the fall.

Emily Cooley


On August 2 the concert will feature two works by women.  Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto 4-3 –  you can listen to clips of the work, read Higdon’s program notes about it, and even order the score for yourself on Higdon’s website.

Jennifer Higdon
Jennifer Higdon


TJ Cole’s Megalopolis will also have its West Coast Premiere.  Have a listen here.

TJ Cole
TJ Cole


August 9 the Festival will host the world premiere of Gabriella Smith’s Tumblebird Contrails, which was commissioned by the Festival.

Gabriella Smith
Gabriella Smith

The final concerts on August 10 will hear Thunderwalker by Stacy Garrop



and Dreamscapes by Clarice Assad.


Have a listen to Assad’s work here:


A great lineup of contemporary women, and some excellent concerts that shouldn’t be missed!




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