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QUICK TAKES : Ojai music fest taps Benjamin

November 13, 2009|David Ng

For this summer's Ojai Music Festival, to be held June 10-13, organizers said Wednesday that the focus will be on composer George Benjamin, who is also serving as the event's music director.

Benjamin will conduct some of this own work as well as pieces by Oliver Knussen, Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, Gyorgy Ligeti and more. Among the works by Benjamin scheduled for the festival will be the West Coast premiere of "Into the Little Hill," a chamber opera to be presented in a concert version; "Three Miniatures for Violin" and "Viola Viola."

Organizers also announced that the new music group Ensemble Modern will make its West Coast debut at the festival in a series of four programs. In addition, the festival will include pieces by Frank Zappa, the interdisciplinary rock and classical composer.

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David Ng

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