I keep shaking my head to make sure I'm seeing this right. Tuesday, if you don't want to pay the dollars to see some of the finest avant garde classical musicians in concert, you can just go watch them rehearse at theat 307 Church St. for free as part of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.
This may be the best deal of the day, ever.
Many musicians will tell you that rehearsals are more interesting than the actual performance. Any Rolling Stones fan knows this.
I remember reading years ago that college towns would be the best place to retire because of the culture there. That is, unless you prefer slot machines and swimming pools.
Santa Cruz is showing immeasurable culture with this festival, offering as many free performances and talks with the conductor and musicians as paid ones.
The Cabrillo Festival has open rehearsals all week, but Tuesday there are two.
The rehearsal from 3-5:30 p.m. features:
Robin de Raaff: "Entangled Tales"
George Tsontakis: "Laconika"
Zosha Di Castri: "Alba"
Then, the freeness continues with more Civic rehearsals from 7:30-10:00 p.m.
Chiayu: "Xuan Zang" (w/ soloist)
Pierre Jalbert: "Fire and Ice"
Dan Welcher: "Bright Wings"