In Thursday’s (7/11) San Francisco Classical Voice, Janos Gereben writes, “Marin Alsop—the artistic director of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music for 21 years—is the face of the festival. Fully realizing that, she took a week after being injured to make the decision to not conduct at the Aug. 2-10 event in Santa Cruz. Conducting duties will be shared by Carolyn Kuan and Brad Lubman. Alsop, 56, is one of the busiest conductors around. Her posts—besides Cabrillo [and] the Baltimore Symphony …include the job of chief conductor of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Brazil. It was in Brazil last week that Alsop fell in her hotel room, damaging her wrist. Called a minor injury, it nevertheless forced her to cancel numerous appearances in July, and yesterday, on her doctor’s advice, she withdrew from conducting at Cabrillo in August as well. … Kuan, music director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and …former associate conductor of the Cabrillo Festival, will conduct the Festival’s opening weekend, Aug. 2-3. Composer/conductor Brad Lubman, former assistant conductor at Tanglewood Music Center, will conduct the festival’s closing weekend, Aug. 10-11.” At the League of American Orchestras’ Conference last month, the festival won its 32nd consecutive ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.
Posted July 12, 2013