July 30 - August 13, 2023

“Cabrillo Festival is an incredible place where composers are able to be free and to present their music, where the musicians are dedicated to co-creating and designing a vision for tomorrow’s music, and where the audience and the community embraces the whole process.” —Cristi Măcelaru, Music Director + Conductor

This 2023 Cabrillo Festival season will be one of unparalleled energy, dynamism, and celebration with music by some of the world’s most exciting composers, performed by a stunning line-up of guest artists. We’ll present three thrilling percussion concerti and a brand new concerto for violin and double bass! Two amazing weeks will highlight the Festival’s commitment to artistic excellence, discovery, and community. World, U.S., and West Coast premieres will abound, along with Festival commissions. An incredible program of works by 17 composers–14 of whom will be in residence–will be brought to life by Music Director and Conductor Cristian Măcelaru and our amazing Festival Orchestra. Audiences can experience the creative process almost daily through open rehearsals–enjoyed in-person at the Civic Auditorium or streamed live to wherever you are in the world!

A roster of international guest artists includes percussionists Colin Currie, Beibei Wang, Svet Stoyanov, and Matthew Strauss; and violinist Eunice Kim joins composer/bassist extraordinaire Xavier Foley for his world premiere commission. This season will also include a special memorial tribute to beloved Cabrillo Festival co-founder Robert Hughes who passed away in 2022; and a heartfelt send-off to longtime Executive Director Ellen Primack, who steps down from her role after 33 seasons.

Please note: Covid-19 public health and safety guidelines will be followed including masking requirements for all, and full vaccination for Cabrillo Festival staff and artists. Programs are subject to change. No children under age six will be admitted to concerts. Audio and video recording is not allowed at Cabrillo Festival concerts or rehearsals. Please review General Event Policies for exclusions. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.

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