July 29 - August 11, 2024


“This season will resoundingly demonstrate living music as movement – as our music, our stories, are never static. Each piece is a powerful testament to music as movement in many forms. We’ll present music that pushes the boundaries of orchestral sound, music that connects distant times and places, and music that powerfully represents physical, cultural, and social movements – the ever-changing stories that bind us all.”

Cristi Măcelaru,  Music Director/ Conductor 


Prepare to be moved by the 2024 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, where Music Director & Conductor, Cristian Măcelaru, and the intrepid festival orchestra give life to 4 world premieres, 9 West Coast debuts, with music by 15 Composers in Residence portraying powerful movements of change and showcasing music that moves beyond boundaries of place, time, style, and convention. 

This year’s composers in residence are Karim Al-Zand, Clarice Assad, Lembit Beecher, Juan Pablo Contreras, Nathaniel Heyder, Pierre Jalbert, Daniel Kellogg, Vivian Fung, Helen Grime, Iván Enrique Rodríguez, Gabriella Smith, Greg Smith, Errollyn Wallen, Nina Young, and Bora Yoon. A work by Wynton Marsalis is also on the program. This year’s guest artists include Gabriel Cabezas on amplified cello, Leila Josefowicz on violin, Miriam Khalil as soprano, Karen Ouzounian on cello, Michael Sachs on trumpet, and Philippe Quint on violin.

At America’s longest-standing festival devoted to new music for orchestra, immerse yourself in unmatched access to the creative process through daily open rehearsals, in-person & streamed live online, composer forums, workshops, artist talks, and the return of our beloved free Family Concert. As well as the evening concerts, the Festival will continue to host multiple concerts spotlighting the work of emerging composers and artists. 

Join us as we celebrate music’s ability to move us, connect us, and inspire change.

Please note: No children under age six will be admitted to concerts, with the exception of the Free Family Concert. Audio and video recording is not allowed at Cabrillo Festival concerts or rehearsals. Policy subject to change. Programs are subject to change. Please review General Event Policies for exclusions. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.

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