What is it that makes the Ojai Music Festival special?
Some will say it is the extraordinary quality of the artists and concerts; others, the innovative nature of its programming. Many come for the intimate feeling of Libbey Bowl and the stimulating company of “seat neighbors.” But everyone agrees, it is the unexpected-encountered by audiences and artists–that distinguishes the Festival. This is the beauty of Ojai; a mix of many ideas, experiences and motivations that brings all of us together each June to share in a weekend of exploring artistic frontiers.
For 67 years, the Festival has been a leader in the landscape of classical music, serving as a laboratory for emerging and established artists to pursue new creative directions that not only redefine their careers, but also re-imagine the traditional concert experience. With its singular blend of artistic freedom and passionately curious audiences, the Festival has inspired a series of innovative conductors, performers and composers to push artistic boundaries and provoke discussion about what music is and why it matters.
Ojai’s nearly 70-year legacy of leading innovative artistic programming is built on creative partnership. Thomas W. Morris, Artistic Director, shapes the long-term artistic vision of the Festival, selecting a different artist (or even ensemble) to serve as the Music Director for each year. The dynamic nature of the individual Festivals’ artistic programming makes every Festival a unique experience for both artists and audiences. Each year, the Festival is a complete immersion weekend featuring not only concerts, but symposia sessions, lectures, film screenings, and several Ojai activities.
The 2013 Music Director is noted choreographer Mark Morris. He will bring to Ojai his comprehensive musical experience and knowledge to present a Festival celebrating the tradition of American composing, including works by Lou Harrison, John Cage, Henry Cowell, and John Luther Adams. Joining him will be the Mark Morris Dance Group, jazz artist Ethan Iverson and his trio The Bad Plus, pianist/organist Colin Fowler, and the American String Quartet. Click here for more information on Mark Morris >>