Cabrillo Festival welcomes Adams, Glass, Kronos

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music announced the line-up for its 2010 season today, and, at least in the context of contemporary classical music, it contains some pretty sexy names.

Celebrated composers John Adams and Philip Glass are among 13 composers-in-residence at the Cabrillo Festival this year. For the first time in the Festival’s 48-year history, all of the featured composers will be present in Santa Cruz this summer. Among the performers at this year’s Festival will be percussionist Colin Currie, the acclaimed Kronos Quartet and the hip sextet eighth blackbird (pictured above).

Marin Alsop, perhaps the most prominent female conductor in the classical-music world, has used the Cabrillo Festival as her own labaratory for close to 20 years now, and, as her star has risen in recent years, so has that of the Cabrillo Festival. It is now one of the most prestigious new-music festivals in the country.

This year’s Festival, as always, takes place the first two weeks in August, opening at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, and closing at the regal old Mission San Juan Bautista. The popular Free Family Concert will be held.

John Adams, the famed composer of “Nixon in China” and the 9/11 choral work “On the Transmigration of Souls,” returns to the Festival to present his ode to 1940s-era Hollywood “City Noir.” Glass, perhaps the most famous brand name in contemporary classical, will be on hand to present his “Cello Concerto” at the Mission with cellist Wendy Sutter.

There’s tons more stuff. For ticket information and more details on the individual concerts go to the Festival’s site or call 426-6966.

In the meantime, here’s a taste of eighth blackbird.


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