Renowned mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke was to make her much-anticipated Cabrillo Festival debut in a newly commissioned work by Jake Heggie during the 2020 live performance season. In its stead, Cooke and composer/pianist Jake Heggie will perform four of Heggie’s songs in a virtual concert recorded from their homes especially for Cabrillo Festival audiences. Then Music Director Cristian Măcelaru joins Heggie in an illuminating conversation that introduces audiences to Heggie’s creative process and to the orchestral suite of his acclaimed opera, Moby-Dick. The Moby-Dick Orchestral Suite, which will also be presented this evening, was arranged by Cristian Măcelaru for its world premiere in 2017 with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. It has since been performed around the world to critical acclaim.
Cabrillo Festival Music Director and Conductor Cristian Măcelaru joins composer Stacy Garrop to introduce her latest work, The Battle of the Ballot, and discuss the making of a virtual orchestra premiere. Commissioned by the Cabrillo Festival, and closing out the Festival season, will be the world premiere of Garrop’s new 16-minute symphonic work commemorating the centenary of women’s suffrage in America. Narrated by Santa Cruz actor and director Julie James of Jewel Theatre, the work features texts from seven American suffragettes–including Carrie Chapman Catt, Carrie W. Clifford, Jane Addams, Mary Church Terrell, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Susan B. Anthony, and Adella Hunt Logan. In an artistic and technological feat achieved by percussionist Svet Stoyanov, The Battle of the Ballot features sixty (yes, 60!) members of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, all recorded from their homes around the world.
The annual Japanese Cultural Fair of Santa Cruz will be held on the second Saturday of June, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Mission Plaza Park (in front of the Holy Cross Church), 103 Emmett Street, Santa Cruz. The event is free and open to the public.
For three decades, the fair has provided an opportunity for members of the Santa Cruz County community to increase their awareness and understanding of Japanese culture, both traditional and contemporary. Through the arts, crafts, and culture of Japan, the fair strives to improve mutual understanding among Pacific Rim neighbors, as well as to enrich community life in our area.