We attended a Cabrillo Music Festival concert last night in Santa Cruz. I think I first attended in 1991 and music director Marin Alsop started there in 1992. She's smart, witty, talented, and has good aesthetic judgment. Last night's concert was not as inspiring as I hoped, but worthwhile nonetheless.
John Adams was present for the performance of a work by Berkeley-native Dylan Mattingly that he and his wife commissioned. That piece had some pleasing dissonance, if that makes any sense. The Harrison Third Symphony sounded bland in comparison. Andrew Norman's Gran Turismo, inspired by baroque music and video games, was a fun piece for 8 violins. The concert ended with some rousing music by Osvaldo Golijov in his Rose of the Winds.
I like how the audience responds well to music they have never heard before. Somehow, Cabrillo has made contemporary music appealing to beyond the new music specialist crowd...
aworks listening log:
- Sonata in Ishartum (1974). Lou Harrison - John Schneider
- Three Dances (1987). David Macbride - Aurora String Quartet
- A Summerfield Set (1936). Lou Harrison - Dennis Russell Davies
- Gran Turismo (2004). Andrew Norman - Marin Alsop, Cabrillo Festival Violins
- New Work (2002). Pauline Oliveros & The Circle Trio
- Piano Phase (1972). Steve Reich (another look at counterpoint)
- Chartres (1989). David Macbride - Kathleen Supove
- Canticle #3 (1941). Lou Harrison - Dennis Russell Davies
- Philemon and Baukis (1985). Lou Harrison - Gamelan Si Betty
- I Was a Stranger (2012). Dylan Mattingly - Carolyn Kuan, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra
- Rose of the Winds (2006-07/12). Osvaldo Golijov - Marin Alsop, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra
- Symphony No. 3 (1982/83/89). Lou Harrison - Marin Alsop, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra
- Theatre Piece for Trombone (1965). Pauline Oliveros - Stuart Dempster
- Early Improvisations (1957). Pauline Oliveros, Loren Rush, Terry Riley, and Others
- Piano Phase (1972). Steve Reich - D Note