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Cabrillo Music Festival Concert 8/6

August 6 @ 7:00 pm

Cabrillo Music Festival Concert: Moonlight, at the Civic Auditorium.


Andrea ReinkemeyerWater Sings Fire
Kevin Puts: Second Oboe Concerto: Moonlight (Katherine Needleman, oboe) (WCP)
Sarah Kirkland SniderHiraeth (with film by Mark DeChiazza) (WCP)

The Festival’s second weekend begins with three composers in the house, and two west coast premieres. The music of American composer Andrea Reinkemeyer has been described as “hauntingly melodic and fun, dancing and almost running its way forward” (Fanfare Magazine). It explores the interplay of visual metaphors, nature, and sound to create lush textures against churning rhythmic figures. Her piece, Water Sings Fire draws inspiration from Leigh Bardugo’s eponymous short story, a feminist origin myth to the Hans Christian Andersen classic, The Little Mermaid, in which themes of ambition and betrayal are explored allegorically through Ulla’s transformation from obscure mermaid to tempestuous sea witch.

Cabrillo Festival veteran and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts’ Second Oboe Concerto: Moonlight was inspired by the Academy award-winning film Moonlight, and written for oboist Katherine Needleman, who performs this west coast premiere with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. Puts writes, “the piece was written in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, during a time of great upheaval and division in the country and—for me—a profound feeling of disillusionment. I floundered for several months, searching for inspiration until the discovery of the 2016 film Moonlight. I found it exquisitely made, and the film’s demonstration of tolerance and compassion in the midst of a tough environment stayed with me for some time, giving me cause for hope.”

Dubbed “one of the decade’s more gifted, up-and-coming modern classical composers” (Pitchfork), Sarah Kirkland Snider writes music of direct expression and vivid narrative. Her single-movement orchestral work Hiraeth, which features an original film by Mark DeChiazza, receives its west coast premiere at Cabrillo. ‘Hiraeth’ is a Welsh word, loosely translated as homesickness tinged with longing for the lost or departed, or for a home you can no longer return to. The music is deeply emotional, affected by Snider’s loss of her father as she was composing.

Covid-19 public health and safety guidelines will be followed, including requiring proof of full vaccination for all audiences, staff, and artists. Masking will be required indoors at all times. See COVID policy at https://cabrillomusic.org/covid-policy/


August 6
7:00 pm
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Cabrillo Music Festival
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Civic Auditorium
307 Church St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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