Ojai Music Festival

Ojai Music Festival

Celebrate music, creativity, and renewal in the beautiful Ojai Valley.

2018 Schedule

 

1:00-4:30pm | Ojai Presbyterian Church
OJAI TALKS
Led by Ojai Talks Director Ara Guzelimian, the afternoon will include three sessions. Part I: Interview with Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the film premiere of “Ursonate” (first movement). Part II: Interview with Michael Hersch and Ah Young Hong. Part III: Interview with the JACK Quartet.

6:00-6:30pm | Libbey Park Gazebo
FREE POP-UP CONCERT  

LUCIANO BERIO: Sequenza IXa for Clarinet with Vincente Alberola, MCO clarinet

7:30-8:30pm |Libbey Park
SONIC EMBRACE (Free Community Concert) 

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin | Scott Worthington, electronics

LUIGI NONO: La lontanaza nostalgica utopica futura

A dynamic duet between solo violin and spatial amplified sound transforms the Libbey Park into an all-encompassing and immersive aural environment.

9:00-10:30pm | Libbey Bowl
BYE BYE BEETHOVEN (American Premiere)
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin & director | Mahler Chamber Orchestra| Maria Ursprung, stage director
Staged concert conceptualized by Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Patricia challenges the clichés and conventions of classical music with a provocative staged concert — a stimulating feast of bold juxtapositions and dramatic daring. Includes music by CHARLES IVES, JOSEPH HAYDN, JOHN CAGE, JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH, GYÖRGY KURTÁG, and the BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D.


8:00-9:00am | Zalk Theater, Besant Hill School
MUSIC DAWNS (Donor Event)
Michael Hersch, piano | JACK Quartet

MICHAEL HERSCH: Selections from The Vanishing Pavilions for solo piano
HORATIU RADULESCU: Before the Universe was Born

10:00-11:00am | Ojai Art Center
MUSICAL MINIATURES (Free Children’s Concert)
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin | Anthony Romaniuk, harpsichord | Tim Arlon, narrator | Members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

HEINRICH IGNAZ FRANZ VON BIBER: Sonata Representativa for Violin and Harpsichord        
ARTHUR HONEGGER: Danse de la Chevre
LUCIANO BERIO: Opus Number Zoo
HEINZ HOLLIGER: Duöli for 2 Violins   
JOHN CAGE:  Variations I for Violin and Harpsichord   
ALAN RIDOUT: Ferdinand the Bull

Patricia introduces our youngest listeners to music that soars, leaps, creeps, crawls, chirps, screeches, squawks, meows…and to top it all she tells a story about one very gentle, very poetic bull.

Presented under the Festival’s BRAVO education program, Ojai elementary students will be given front-row seating. Series subscribers will receive special area seating. 

11:30am – 11:45am | Libbey Park Gazebo
FREE POP-UP CONCERT  

LUCIANO BERIO: Sequenza XII for Bassoon with Saxton Rose of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

12pm | Tennis Courts
CONCERT INSIGHTS

Markus Hinterhauser with Christopher Hailey

1:00-3:30pm | Libbey Bowl
A SINGULAR VISION

Part I   1:00-2:00pm
Markus Hinterhäuser, piano

GALINA USTVOLSKAYA: Six Sonatas for Piano Solo     

Part II   2:30-3:30pm
Markus Hinterhäuser, piano | Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin

GALINA USTVOLSKAYA: Sonata for Violin and Piano
GALINA USTVOLSKAYA: Duet Violin and Piano

This two-part concert features works by the Russian composer Galina Ustvolskaya, described by Alex Ross as “one of the century’s grand originals.” Enter a musical world of rare power and fierce commitment, breathtaking intensity and hushed, transcendent beauty.


6:00-6:30pm | Libbey Park Gazebo

FREE POP-UP CONCERT

LUCIANO BERIO: Sequenza XIV for Cello and Sequenza VII for Oboe performed by Mizuho Yoshji-Smith and Benjamin Santora of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

6:30pm | Tennis Courts
CONCERT INSIGHTS

Michael Hersch with Christopher Hailey

7:30-10:15pm | Libbey Bowl
ACROSS TIME

Part I   7:30-8:30pm
Anthony Romaniuk, harpsichord and piano | Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin | JACK Quartet

WILLIAM BYRD: Fantasy in C
HENRY PURCELL: Fairest Isle, from King Arthur (Z.268)
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D Minor
CARL PHILIP EMMAUNEL BACH: Fantasy in F#
DIMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH: Prelude in A minor
DIMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH: Fugue in C Major
BELA BARTOK: First Dance from Mikrokosmos, Book V
GEORGE CRUMB: Twin Suns from Makrokosmos, Book II
GYÖRGY LIGETI: Etude White on White from Book I
HENRY PURCELL: Fantasia #10 in C minor

Part II   9:00-10:15pm
Ah Young Hong, soprano | Amy Yang, piano | Gary Louie, alto sax| Kiera Duffy, soprano | Tito Munoz, conductor | Members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

MICHAEL HERSCH:  I hope we get a chance to visit soon (World Premiere)
Commissioned by the Ojai Music Festival, Cal Performances Berkeley, Aldeburgh Festival, and PN Review

Music from the 17th, 18th, and 21st centuries, including a world premiere by Michael Hersch — an uncompromisingly emotional dramatic narrative featuring correspondence between the composer and his late friend, with texts by Rebecca Elson, Mary Harris O’Reilly and Christopher Middleton.

10:30 – 11:30pm | Libbey Bowl
FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT OF RENEWEAL
JACK Quartet

JOHN LUTHER ADAMS: Everything That Rises


8:00-9:15am | Ojai Art Center
MUSIC DAWNS (Ojai Donor Event)
JACK Quartet | Anthony Romaniuk, piano  

MORTON FELDMAN:  Piano, and String Quartet

11:30-11:45am |Libbey Park Gazebo
FREE POP-UP CONCERT

Music for Solo Cimbalom with Viktor Kopatchinsky

12:00pm | Tennis Courts
CONCERT INSIGHTS

Jay Campbell with Christopher Hailey

1:00-3:45pm |Libbey Bowl
WITH ABANDON

Part I    1:00-2:00pm
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin | Jay Campbell, cello | Members of Mahler Chamber Orchestra 

LUCIANO BERIO: Sequenza for Trumpet and Piano Resonance
GYÖRGY LIGETI: Six Bagatelles for Winds
MAURICE RAVEL: Sonata for Violin and Cello
RUSSELL PECK: Lift Off

Whimsical and exhilarating works by Ligeti and Berio help introduce a soaring sonata by Ravel featuring Patricia and Jay Campbell, hailed in the New York Times for their “spitfire energy” and “arching lyricism.”

Part II   2:30-3:45pm
Ah Young Hong, soprano | Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin

GYÖRGY KURTAG: Kafka Fragments        

Kurtág’s settings of forty short excerpts from Franz Kafka’s notes, letters, and diaries form a remarkable and piercing creative response to the haunted inner life of an enigmatic master.

6:00-6:30pm | Libbey Park Gazebo
FREE POP-UP CONCERT 

LUCIANO BERIO: Sequenza I for Flute and Sequenza VI for Viola with Julia Gallego of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

6:30pm | Tennis Courts
CONCERT INSIGHTS

Anthony Romaniuk with Christopher Hailey

7:30-10:30pm | Libbey Bowl
LOOKING INWARD & DIES IRAE

Part I
7:30-8:30pm | Libbey Bowl

LOOKING INWARD
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin | JACK Quartet | Mahler Chamber Orchestra

JOHN DOWLAND: Lachrimae Antique
TIGRAN MANSURIAN: Four Serious Songs for Violin and Strings
JOHN DOWLAND: Lachrimae Amantis I
PAULINE OLIVEROS: Horses Sing with Cloud
JOHN DOWLAND: Lachrimae Verae

A contemplative work by Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian, whose music has deep roots in Armenia’s folk and ecclesiastical traditions. The performance is framed by Pauline Oliveros and John Dowland’s deeply moving meditations on a falling tear.

Part II
9:00-10:30pm | Libbey Bowl 

DIES IRAE (West Coast Premiere)
Staged concert conceptualized by Patricia Kopatchinskaja
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin| Anthony Romaniuk, piano and harpsichord | JACK Quartet | Mahler Chamber Orchestra | Tito Munoz, conductor | Maria Urpsprung, Stage Director

Includes music by HEINRICH IGNAZ FRANZ VON BIBER, GEORGE CRUMB, MICHAEL HERSCH, ANTONIO LOTTI, GALINA USTVOLSKAJA, and GYORGY LIGETI

Global warming, refugee crises, wars over scarce resources: a world out of balance. This staged event features selections ranging from Gregorian chant and 17th-century battle music by Heinrich Ignaz Franz Von Biber to powerful recent works, including the deeply disturbing Dies Irae by the Russian composer Galina Ustvolskaya. The West Coast premiere of a major commentary on the state of our planet.


8:00-9:00am | Zalk Theater
MUSIC DAWNS (Ojai Partner Circle Event)
JACK Quartet 

GEORGE FREDERICK HAAS: String Quartet No. 9 (American Premiere)
This work is performed in complete darkness.
There is no late seating.

10:00-11:00am | Ojai Art Center
MUSICAL MINIATURES (Free Children’s Concert) – Encore Performance
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin | Anthony Romaniuk, harpsichord | Members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

HEINRICH IGNAZ FRANZ BIBER: Sonata Representativa for violin and harpsichord
ARTHUR HONEGGER:  Danse de la Chevre
LUCIANO BERIO: Opus Number Zoo
HEINZ HOLLIGER: Duöli for 2 Violins
JOHN CAGE:  Variation for Violin and Harpsichord
ALAN RIDOUT: Ferdinand the Bull

Patricia introduces our youngest listeners to music that soars, leaps, creeps, crawls, chirps, screeches, squawks, meows…and to top it all she tells the story of one very gentle, very poetic bull.

11:30-11:45am | Libbey Park Gazebo
FREE POP-UP CONCERT  

LUCIANO BERIO: Sequences VIII for Violin with Mahler Chamber Orchestra member

12:00pm | Tennis Courts
CONCERT INSIGHTS

Thomas W. Morris with Christopher Hailey

1:00-3:30pm | Libbey Bowl
EXPLORING THE EXPANSE

Part I  1:00-2:00pm
Amy Yang, piano | Anthony Romaniuk, piano | Members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

HANS ABRAHAMSEN: Schnee

Part II  2:30-3:30pm
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin | Viktor Kopatchinsky, cimbalom | Emilia Kopatchinsky, violin | Anthony Romaniuk, harpsichord | Amy Yang, piano

Moldavan Folk Music – Calusarili
HORATIO RADULESCU: Doina for piano solo
Moldavan Folk Music – Doina and Hora
GYÖRGY LIGETI: Hungarian Rock
GYÖRGY KURTÁG: 8 Duos for Violin and Cimbalom, Op. 4
GEORGE ENESCU: Sonata No. 3
Moldavan Folk Music – Ciocarlia

This two-part concert opens with Hans Abrahamsen’s spellbinding Schnee(snow), a work of crystalline textures and breathtaking vistas. Family and friends then join Patricia in a survey of Eastern European music from Moldova, Hungary, and Romania.

4:30-6:30pm | Libbey Bowl
A DEVIL’S BARGAIN AND SOME EARTHLY DELIGHTS
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin | Mahler Chamber Orchestra | Philipp von Steinaecker, conductor

BÉLA BARTÓK: Divertimento for Strings
IGOR STRAVINSKY: L’Histoire du Soldat Suite
GUILLAUME de MACHAUT: Kyrie
GYÖRGY LIGETI: Violin Concerto

Swirling around a 14th-century Kyrie by Guillaume Machaut – a sparkling Divertimento by Bartók, a centennial celebration of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale Suite, and a Patricia specialty, the extraordinary Violin Concerto by Ligeti. A finale with panache!

 

 

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