Cabrillo College’s Contemporary Music Festival scheduled for this summer

If you haven’t made many summer plans and love music then consider ordering tickets for the 2014 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Offering a variety of types of music the festival will have something for everyone. The festival not only offers live music, but also panel discussions, lectures and concert introductions by the composers.

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music is a non-profit organization formed in 1963 by American composer, Lou Harrison. Harrison founded the organization at Cabrillo College, but the organization no longer has any association with the school.

Marin Alsop, renowned conductor, will be conducting this year’s orchestra. Source:

From July 27 through August 10 composers both young and old will come together to form a beautiful orchestra under the leadership of conductor Marin Alsop. These talented individuals work hard to bring us a quality array of concerts, six of which are held locally at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. The other two concerts are held at great locations like Nestldown in Los Gatos and Mission San Juan Bautista.

The orchestra performing at last year’s festival. Source:×169.jpg

Each of the eight concerts is named with a word that describes the feeling of the music. Concerts are named with words such as Play, Hope, Blue, Fire and Dream. If none of these themes entice you, try attending the Free Family Concert. Whether you go to one or all of the concerts you will find yourself left with a newfound appreciation for different kinds of music. Conductor Marin Alsop said [via NPR], “Cabrillo is an artistic oasis for me and, happily, for everyone that attends. We are dedicated solely to new music and to offering an in-depth, accessible, inspired artistic experience for every single person that performs, attends, passes by or breathes the nearby air.”

For a great concert and musical experience make plans to attend the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Tickets go on sale starting June 17 at

-Paloma Auldridge

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