Organizers of the first Ventura Chamber Music Festival declared last month's five-day concert series a resounding success that pumped about $1 million into the downtown economy and broke even on its first try.
Presenting a wrap-up of the event before the Ventura City Council on Monday night, festival organizers said that more than one-third of the 725 ticket holders came from outside Ventura County.
"There is a reason to come to downtown Ventura, and it is the Ventura Chamber Music Festival," volunteer organizer Virginia Mendoza O'Neal told the council.
The festival consisted of more than a dozen classical concerts at numerous venues around the city from May 17-21. Organizers said about half of the concerts sold out and the rest were 80% booked.