Talk of the Bay from KSQD
Talk of the Bay from KSQD
Young Composers Are 'In the Works' at the Cabrillo Festival

In this conversation with young composers and the Cabrillo Festival Conductor-in-Residence, host Suki Wessling delves into the process that young musicians go through as they seek a career in Contemporary Music. The Cabrillo Festival allows us a peek into this process with its annual “In the Works” concert, a free event that happens this year on July 26, 7 pm.  The Festival is famous for presenting celebrated composers and professional musicians performing for a paying audience. But the other side of the Festival is educational—and free. We speak with three young musicians being featured this year about the show, their work, and the place that contemporary music occupies in a landscape dominated by classical music tradition:

Octavio Mas-Arocas is the Resident Conductor of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Music Director and Conductor of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra in Ohio and the Marquette Symphony Orchestra in Michigan and Director of Orchestras and Professor of Orchestral Conducting at Michigan State University. [learn more and listen]

Originally from Barcelona, Marc Migó moved to New York in order to pursue his Masters at The Juilliard School. Recent awards include the 2020 George Enescu Prize, the 2021 Organ Taurida Award and the 2022 Dominick Argento Fellowship in Opera Composition, among others. [learn more and listen]

Wenbin Lyu is a US-based Chinese composer and guitarist. His work combines contemporary western techniques with ancient oriental culture. [learn more and listen]

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