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Cabrillo Festival 2017 on KALW!

Cabrillo Festival
Christian Macelaru and members of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra

KALW is proud to be the broadcast partner for the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music’s 2017 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, and renowned guest artists from across the globe. 

In 2017, the Festival has a new Music Director and Conductor: Maestro Cristian Macelaru. Macelaru’s inaugural season reflects his belief that art can and must start conversations about important issues of our time, as well as spark joy and celebrate the human spirit. Among this season’s highlights are two special tributes—one to commemorate Lou Harrison’s centenary, and another honoring John Adams’ 70th birthday.

Sunday, September 3, 8-10pm

Michael Gandolfi: Points of Departure: Cabrillo
[World Premiere | Festival Commission]

Clarice Assad: Percussion Concerto AD INFINITUM
(Evelyn Glennie, percussion)
[World Premiere | Festival Commission]

Aaron Jay Kernis: Second Symphony

Monday, September 4, 9-11pm
Tributes: Part One

Gabriela Lena Frank: Three Latin American Dances

James Stephenson: Concerto for Violin Tributes
(Jennifer Frautschi, violin) [West Coast Premiere]

David T. Little: The Conjured Life
[World Premiere | Festival commission]

Cindy McTee:  Double Play

Sunday, September 10, 8-10pm
Con Brio

William Bolcom: Ninth Symphony
[West Coast Premiere]

Gerald Barry: Piano Concerto
(Jason Hardink, piano) [US Premiere]

Jörg Widmann: Con Brio

Cindy McTee: Symphony No. 1: Ballet for Orchestra

Monday, September 11, 9-11pm
Tributes: Part Two

Jake Heggie: Moby Dick Orchestral Suite
[World Premiere | Festival Commission]

Christopher Rountree: Overture to La Haine
[World Premiere | Festival Commission]

Gabriella Smith: Field Guide
[World Premiere | Festival Commission]

Karim Al-Zand: The Prisoner
(Jonathan Lemalu, bass-baritone)
[World Premiere | Festival Commission]

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.