It’s a new era for the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. After 25 years with Maestra Marin Alsop at the helm, the baton has been passed to Maestro Cristian Macelaru. The 2017 season features seven world premieres, eleven composers in residence, a guest appearance by Evelyn Glennie, and tributes honoring Lou Harrison’s centenary and John Adams’ 70th birthday. On Friday, Aug. 11, the festival presents a West Coast premiere of William Bolcom’s Ninth Symphony; a U.S. premiere of Gerald Barry’s “Piano Concerto; Jörg Widmann’s Con Brio,” which has been described as an “exercise in fury and rhythmic insistence”; and Cindy McTee’s Symphony No. 1: Ballet for Orchestra.
INFO: 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11. Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz. $37-$65. 426-6966. WANT TO GO? Go to santacruz.com/giveaways before 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 4 to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the show.