The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music begins on July 31.  This annual event is always worth anticipating and hugely rewarding – but this year is particularly special as it is Marin Alsop’s last at the helm.  Alsop is stepping down after 25 years as artistic director and leading the festival to ever new and exciting heights.

The 2016 Festival includes the work of two well-recognized and highly admired contemporary women: Jennifer Higdon and Anna Clyne.

Higdon’s Violin Concerto will receive its West Cost premiere on August 12.  Justin Bruns will be soloist.  The concerto, which was written for Hilary Hahn, won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Music.  Read the program notes online, and get a sample of the work, performed by Hahn, below:

Anna Clyne’s  symphonic ballet, RIFT, will receive its World Premiere on the opening night of the Alsop’s final season.  The work, a commission by the Festival, also received a 2015 WPA Performance Grant.  The five movement piece was created in partnership with choreographer  Kitty McNamee  and will feature the Hysterica Dance Company.  Learn more below:


What amazing end to a Alsop’s tenure at Cabrillo!  Be sure to explore the Cabrillo website for more information about the talks, concerts, and workshops that will take place in the coming days!