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Daniel Wolf

My first big performance was a piece for gamelan and trombone at the Cabrillo Festival in 1980, sponsored of course by Lou Harrison. By all means, Cabrillo misses Lou's generosity, Lou's posture, Lou's music, and Lou's presence.

By all accounts Alsop is a marvelous musician and committed to new music, but one really misses Cabrillo's earlier focus on repertoire -- west coast and experimental, especially -- that set it apart from other programs. The contemporary composers programmed this year will likely find their names on programs all along the other coast this year, and most like be carried further by Alsop in her other duties. But where is the Cabrillo difference that Samuel, Chavez, and Davies recognized?

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