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June 5, 2011
Ojai Music Festival When: Thursday through Sunday, full schedule at http://www.ojaifestival.org Where: Libbey Bowl, Ojai Tickets: $15 to $110
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December 4, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Classical music buffs certainly have heard Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, but we suspect they've never heard them sing. Next June, the 2014 Ojai Music Festival will give them the chance. The three great composers are among the characters in a new comic opera, “The Classical Style,” that will have its premiere on June 13, the second night of the four-day annual festival. They won't be singing their own stuff, but music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky. The librettist putting words in their mouths is Jeremy Denk, the pianist and recent MacArthur Foundation “genius award” winner who's curating the festival as its music director.
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December 4, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Classical music buffs certainly have heard Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, but we suspect they've never heard them sing. Next June, the 2014 Ojai Music Festival will give them the chance. The three great composers are among the characters in a new comic opera, “The Classical Style,” that will have its premiere on June 13, the second night of the four-day annual festival. They won't be singing their own stuff, but music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky. The librettist putting words in their mouths is Jeremy Denk, the pianist and recent MacArthur Foundation “genius award” winner who's curating the festival as its music director.
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June 11, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
- Reputed to court mavericks, the Ojai Music Festival doesn't always extend a very large welcome mat. But this offbeat weekend, the mat was massive.Attention was drawn to supposedly kooky and bizarrely neglected West Coast composers who happen to be essential contributors to American music and our national identity. It was choreographer Mark Morris' festival - Ojai's first music director from the dance world - and it was a mess, a gloriously revelatory and ingratiating mess at its best.
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May 31, 1990
Friday Evening Marathon/7 to 10 p.m. Performing at the Ojai Festivals Bowl: Rachel Rosenthal, performance artist; Joan La Barbara, soprano; Frederic Rzewski, piano; California E.A.R.
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June 7, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
OJAI - It can't, of course, be helped, but after a hundred years, "The Rite of Spring" has inevitably lost its sting. "Le Sacre du Printemps" supposedly caused a riot at its Paris premiere May 22, 1913, although the police files are lost and musicologists now question whether a noisy incident was as fraught as history would have us think. Today, Stravinsky's ballet is big box office for orchestras and dance companies everywhere. The "Sacre" centenary is also being celebrated with festivals, symposia, radio station marathons, new recordings and reissues of dozens of historic ones.
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June 2, 1988 | LIBBY SLATE
With astrology suddenly front-page news, the presence of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies as composer-in-residence at the Ojai Music Festival this year (Friday through Sunday) is especially timely. For years, the British composer-conductor has based many of his musical works on the medieval "magic squares"--arithmetic puzzles whose columns of figures, when added vertically, horizontally and diagonally, produce the same sum.
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May 31, 1990 | AURORA MACKEY ARMSTRONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The lights dim and a hush falls over the audience. Raising his hands and then glancing at the musicians before him, the conductor suddenly lets his baton drop. The sounds that emanate from the orchestra, though, hardly inspire those in attendance to sit back and relax. The horns and clarinets produce a screech similar to geese flying into power lines. The violins and cellos wail and whine what seem to be random notes and many members of the audience can find no discernable melody.
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May 5, 2010
A star of the opera and concert stage, she is the latest in a long line of guest artists who have been invited to help create programming for the four-day summer fest. Upshaw, who will be making her fourth appearance in Ojai, will work with artistic director Thomas W. Morris and collaborators such as violinist and composer Richard Tognetti, leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, jazz composer and big band leader Maria Schneider and theater and opera director Peter Sellars.
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June 5, 2011 | By Kevin Berger, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's unlikely that the lunch crowd in the Haiku Asian Bistro is aware that one of the world's most progressive classical music singers is giving an interview in their chattering midst. But that's how it is with Dawn Upshaw. She blends right in with the suburban moms in this boutique New York suburb, a brief drive from the town where Upshaw lives with her 17-year-old son. Her 21-year-old daughter is away in college. However, it's safe to say that Upshaw, 50, is the only one in the restaurant talking about her love for the contrapuntal music of 81-year-old composer George Crumb.
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June 7, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
OJAI - It can't, of course, be helped, but after a hundred years, "The Rite of Spring" has inevitably lost its sting. "Le Sacre du Printemps" supposedly caused a riot at its Paris premiere May 22, 1913, although the police files are lost and musicologists now question whether a noisy incident was as fraught as history would have us think. Today, Stravinsky's ballet is big box office for orchestras and dance companies everywhere. The "Sacre" centenary is also being celebrated with festivals, symposia, radio station marathons, new recordings and reissues of dozens of historic ones.
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June 6, 2013
The 67th Ojai Music Festival has been put together by noted American choreographer and music director Mark Morris. Morris has a special interest in American artists and American music, and his curation includes danceable and moving tunes by Terry Riley, Lou Harrison, Carl Ruggles and Henry Cowell. Libbey Bowl, 201 S. Signal St., Ojai. Thu. to Sun. Ticket prices and times vary. (805) 646-2094; http://www.ojaifestival.org .
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June 1, 2013 | By Barbara Isenberg
NEW YORK - You hear choreographer Mark Morris before you see him. He's humming as he approaches his front door, maybe a Tchaikovsky fragment, maybe something else. He doesn't even know he's humming, much less what it is, he says later, "but people know I'm coming, like belling the cat. I'd make a bad spy. " But given his passion for music, all kinds of music, Morris should make a good music director for the 2013 Ojai Music Festival. Music is as embedded in his spirit as dance, he says a million ways, and any doubters can only take a look at the eclectic and packed schedule he's put together.
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June 9, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Nearly four dozen percussionists were scattered about Libbey Park late Thursday afternoon. They were joined by a couple of piccolo players tooting in the trees. The sun was bright and warming. The grounds were crowded with strollers, vendors, artists, frolicking children and dogs, to say nothing of a gaggle of concertgoers preparing for the start of the 66th Ojai Music Festival. The magnificent occasion was a performance of "Inuksuit" by Alaskan composer John Luther Adams.
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June 5, 2011 | By Kevin Berger, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's unlikely that the lunch crowd in the Haiku Asian Bistro is aware that one of the world's most progressive classical music singers is giving an interview in their chattering midst. But that's how it is with Dawn Upshaw. She blends right in with the suburban moms in this boutique New York suburb, a brief drive from the town where Upshaw lives with her 17-year-old son. Her 21-year-old daughter is away in college. However, it's safe to say that Upshaw, 50, is the only one in the restaurant talking about her love for the contrapuntal music of 81-year-old composer George Crumb.
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