The 22-year-old Simons is the violin soloist for his own Secret Notes and MacMillan's A Deep But Dazzling Darkness.
Other highlights include the West Coast premieres of Philip Glass's Piano Concerto No. 2 ("After Lewis And Clark"), Libby Larsen's All Around Sound, Aaron Jay Kernis's Air, and Magnus Lindberg's Concerto for Orchestra. Steve Reich's Tehillim and John Adams' Harmonielehre, both classics of the contemporary repertoire, are also on the program.
The Cabrillo Festival was founded in 1961 by composer Robert Hughes, a student of Lou Harrison. It has been directed by Alsop, music director of the Bournemouth Symphony and recently named music director of the Baltimore Symphony, since 1992.