Pondering the Cabrillo Festival in the post-Alsop era

Posted on: November 12, 2015

“Three shows with die-hard fans have lost their mainstays. First Stephen Colbert, then Jon Stewart—and now Marin Alsop announces a leave-taking from her Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music,” writes Jeff Dunn in Wednesday’s (11/11) NewMusicBox. “Alsop’s final festival next year will be her 25th, leaving behind a deep legacy…. With only four or five symphonic concerts per summer, she has exposed concertgoers to hundreds of recent works. Most are less than a decade old.… Over the period of her tenure, postmodernism has given way to the new eclecticism. Rock, world music, and electronica have infused the mainstream, as demonstrated by Alsop…. Alsop’s successor will have giant shoes to fill, and multiple challenges…. If the festival backers need to do anything in concert with the next music director, it is to consider expanding the geographic scope of its operations…. [Few] in the San Francisco Bay Area, where there is a huge potential audience, are aware of what Alsop has accomplished down in the small seaside city too far for a comfortable drive from metropolitan artistic centers.”

Posted November 12, 2015

Pictured: Marin Alsop leads the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. Photo by R. R. Jones