Join us for the exhilarating 61st Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, a captivating celebration of contemporary music, set against the breathtaking backdrop of Santa Cruz, California. From the 30th of July to the 13th of August, this renowned festival brings together world-class composers, virtuoso musicians, and avid music lovers for an unforgettable week of innovative sounds and artistic exploration.

Under the baton of Music Director Maestro Cristian Măcelaru, the Festival Orchestra offers an incredible program of works by 17 composers. Cabrillo Festival features a roster of international guest artists including the acclaimed Kronos Quartet, percussionists Colin Currie, Beibei Wang, Svet Stoyanov and Matthew Strauss; violinist Eunice Kim and bassist Xavier Foley.

Season highlights include two World premiere commissions, one US premiere, nine West Coast premieres; three percussion concerti; a tribute to Cabrillo Festival co-founder Robert Hughes; and a celebration of long-time Executive Director Ellen Primack, who steps down from her role after 33 seasons.

Immerse yourself in the festival’s diverse program, open rehearsals, workshops and talks. From the evocative melodies to the pulsating rhythms, every performance resonates with the energy and vitality of the present.

Mahler Foundation is delighted to support the Festival as Community Partner.

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Location: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium at 307 Church Street in Downtown Santa Cruz
Date/Times: July 30 – August 13, 2023.

Entry Details: Full Subscriptions may be ordered online, by phone (831-420-5260) or in person at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium Box Office, 307 Church Street beginning May 3rd.


Single Tickets may be purchased beginning June 7th. The Box Office is open Tuesday through Friday, 12 to 4pm, and during events.

Contact Details: Mona Baroudi,

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