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Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson (a.k.a. The Kitchen Sisters) (Watsonville and San Francisco) collaborating with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (Santa Cruz)

Award: $40,000 literary arts grant awarded in 2008

Premiered: August 2012

Creative nonfiction authors Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson (a.k.a. The Kitchen Sisters) collaborated with a creative team from the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, including its conductor Marin Alsop, to create a multimedia symphonic production of The Hidden World of Girls: Stories for Orchestra. Also collaborating were composers Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, Laura Karpman, and Clarice Assad.  The piece premiered in 2012, kicking off the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music’s 50th Anniversary season. Stories from the project also were produced for National Public Radio and are available on the Web.

Long time creative partners Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson have been producing radio, researching and writing together since the late 1970s. Their book Hidden Kitchens was a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year.”

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music is Santa Cruz County’s second oldest performing arts organization. The Festival is committed to celebrating today’s composers, commissioning new work, and nurturing the next generation of outstanding talent.