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An Oasis Of New Music At The Cabrillo Festival

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music gets underway tomorrow at Santa Cruz, California. For nearly half a century, it's been an unflagging champion of new music. Earlier this summer, the organization won an award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for its commitment to American music.
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For a programme opener, Enrico Chapela’s ínguesu, a musical evocation of a historic Mexican-Brazilian football game, in which the musicians are assigned positions on the teams, proved an ideal opener for a free-wheeling festival. But the world premiere of Dave Heath’s interminable 1985 Rise from the Dark, which cites Miles Davis and John Coltrane as influences without incorporating their obsessive genius, seemed a case of too much, too late.

An Oasis Of New Music At The Cabrillo Festival


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