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The Cabrillo Festival on KALW!

Cabrillo Festival
Marin Alsop, conductor and music director of the Cabrillo Festival, with composer John Adams

KALW is proud to be the broadcast partner for the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music’s 2016 season, and to present the complete orchestra concert broadcasts in four special programs hosted by Sarah Cahill, host of Revolutions Per Minute.

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music is all about the new — the here and now of contemporary works for orchestra.  During the first two weeks of August each year, audiences in Santa Cruz are joined by both preeminent and emerging composers, an orchestra of dedicated professional musicians led by famed conductor Marin Alsop, and renowned guest artists from across the globe to give voice to works which are rarely more than a year or two old, and sometimes still wet on the page.

Sunday, August 21, 8-10pm - Power & Devotion

Christopher Rouse: Oboe Concerto (Katherine Needleman, oboe) [West Coast Premiere]
Christopher Rouse: Thunderstuck [West Coast Premiere]
James MacMillan: Death of Oscar 

Anna Clyne: RIFT a symphonic ballet (Kitty McNamee, choreographer, Hysterica Dance Co.) [World Premiere | Festival Commission]

Monday, August 22, 9-11pm - Inspiration & Impact

John Adams: Lola Montez Does the Spider Dance [World Premiere | Festival Commission]
John Adams: Absolute Jest (Attacca String Quartet)
Michael Kropf: Spinning Music [World Premiere | Festival Commission]
Kevin Puts: The City with film (James Bartolomeo, filmmaker) [West Coast premiere | Festival Co-commission]

Sunday, August 28, 8-10pm - Courage & Connection

Alexander Miller: Scherzo Crypto 
Jennifer Higdon: Violin Concerto (Justin Bruns, violin) [West Coast premiere]
Mason Bates: The B-Sides (Mason Bates, electronica)

Monday, August 29, from 9-11pm PST - Memory & Meaning

Marlos Nobre: Kabbalah [West Coast Premiere]
John Corigliano: Symphony No. 1

Matt Martin was KALW’s general manager from 2006 through 2018. Under his leadership, KALW grew into one of the most productive and innovative stations in public radio. Programs launched at KALW during Matt’s tenure as GM include the award-winning local newsmagazine Crosscurrents, the design podcast 99% Invisible, and the Spanish-language narrative journalism program Radio Ambulante. He helped create the station’s Audio Academy, a year-long program aimed at developing new talents in public radio, and led the first broad-based strategic planning process in the station’s history.