2020 Cabrillo Festival Festival of Contemporary Music Cancelled due to COVID-19

The 2020 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, at which Caputo was to serve as a composer-in-residence, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The current imperative for “social distancing” is exactly why Cristi, the Board of Directors, and staff believe it is necessary for us to cancel the 2020 Festival season. Even if we begin to emerge from this crisis in the coming weeks or months, the risk is far too high to accept. Because all our artists travel from across the country and the globe to stay in homes with members of our community, we are especially vulnerable; and, in turn, we feel a special sense of responsibility to safeguard those we hold most dear.

Stay tuned for future updates regarding possible rescheduling at some point over the next couple of seasons.


Caputo to be Composer-in-Residence at 2020 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music; performance of “Liminal” for orchestra

Invited as a Composer-in-Residence for the upcoming 2020 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Caputo’s Liminal will be performed by the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra under the direction of conductor and musical director Cristian Măcelaru.

Liminal will be featured on the Saturday, August 8th program titled “Susan B.”, a concert that will additionally feature works by Stacy Garrop, Paola Prestini, and the late Christopher Rouse.

This 58th Season of the renowned Cabrillo Festival will run from July 26th to August 9th, 2020. Featured composers in residence include Mason Bates, Dan Caputo, Stacy Garrop, John Harbison, Jake Heggie, Pierre Jalbert, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Paola Prestini, Kevin Puts, Andrea Reinkemeyer, Iván Enrique Rodríguez, Sean Shepherd, and Gregory Smith. Guest Artists will include Katherine Needleman (oboe); Benjamin Beilman (violin); Sasha Cooke (mezzo-soprano); Gregory Smith (narrator); Quartet San Francisco; Lara Downes (piano); and Stewart Goodyear (piano).

Full Details:

  • Saturday, August 8th, 2020
  • 7pm, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
  • Santa Cruz, CA








“Memoryscapes” world premiere with the USC Thornton Edge on 3/3/20

Memoryscapes for sinfonietta and electronics will receive its world premiere on March 3rd, 2020 by the USC Thornton Edge ensemble conducted by Donald Crockett. The sprawling 25-minute work transforms key elements from four significant works from the past 500 years of Western art music to create immersive sonic landscapes. The concert will also feature the premiere of a reduced-scoring version of Kalevi Aho’s Clarinet Concerto performed by clarinetist Yasmina Spiegelberg.


USC Thornton Edge, conducted by Donald Crockett

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 at 7:30pm in Newman Recital Hall

Los Angeles, CA

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Upcoming Performances

“out of nothing” to be performed on Piano Spheres concert featuring Vicki Ray

out of nothing will be performed by PLR, a piano trio comprised of Vicki Ray, Alyssa Park, and Tim Loo on Saturday, September 28th, 2019 at the Boston Court in Pasadena, CA. The concert, put on by Piano Spheres, further features the music of George Crumb, Ian Dicke, and Somei Satoh.

Piano Spheres: Vicki Ray and Friends
Boston Court, Pasadena
Saturday 9/28 @ 8pm
Pre-concert talk at 7:15pm
Tickets $30 GA, $25 senior, $20 students


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“Liminal” to be performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as part of the 2019 NJSO Cone Composition Institute

Caputo’s Liminal will be performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra under conductor Cristian Măcelaru as part of the 2019 NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute. The Institute, directed by Steven Mackey, will include rehearsals, professional workshops, and a performance on July 20th in Princeton’s Richardson Auditorium. The other composers featured at the 2019 Cone Institute are Patrick O’Malley, Iván Enrique Rodriguez, and Bora Yoon.  Click here for the full press release from the NJSO and click here for tickets to the Cone Institute Concert.

Performance information:
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; Cristian Măcelaru, conductor
Saturday, July 20th, 2019, at 8:00pm
Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey