Ojai Live video-streams world premiere of commissioned opera, The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts)

Ojai Live video-streams world premiere of commissioned opera,
The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts)
libretto by Jeremy Denk and music by Steven Stucky June 13 at 8:00 pm PST

Live and archival HD webcasts of the 68th Ojai Music Festival
(June 12-15, 2014) with Jeremy Denk, Music Director
include Libbey Bowl concerts and Ojai Talks
[see streams here]

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Fred Child of American Public Media’s Performance Today hosts intermission interviews with Festival artists and guests. Navigate to www.OjaiFestival.org to watch the streams beginning Thursday, June 12.

“Ojai gives you a freedom to create a program that reflects the diversity of your tastes… [music] of great reverence and transcendence and music of great irreverence.”
– Jeremy Denk, Music Director

OJAI, CA – May 27, 2014: Concerts and talks of the 68th Ojai Music Festival, June 12–15, will be streamed live at www.OjaiFestival.org, and archived on the site after the Festival. The 2014 Festival embraces both the Festival’s ideals and the inventive musical mind of this year’s music director, Jeremy Denk. Thomas W. Morris, artistic director, and Mr. Denk have programmed a festival reflecting music about music.

Ojai Live begins streaming at 1:00pm (Pacific Time) on Thursday, June 12 with the Ojai Talks series hosted by Ara Guzelimian – an interview with Jeremy Denk, followed by a second session featuring Eric and Colin Jacobsen, founders of The Knights, who will talk about the reinvention of orchestras.

A highlight of the 2014 Ojai Live offerings includes the June 13 world premiere of the new opera with libretto by Mr. Denk and music by Steven Stucky, The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts). The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts) is co-commissioned by the Ojai Music Festival, Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, Carnegie Hall, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. The Ojai premiere is supported by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Ojai Live, which streams Festival concerts from the Ojai Music Festival website (www.OjaiFestival.org), this year features an enhanced HD five-camera shoot with concert-quality sound produced by Little Dog Live (http://www.LittleDogLive.com). Intermission interviews with artists and special guests will be hosted by Fred Child of American Public Media’s Performance Today. The dynamic multi-camera live webcast brings the Ojai Music Festival to audiences around the world in real time with over 24 hours of live broadcasts of performances, interview segments, and symposia.

Now in its 68th year, the Ojai Music Festival celebrates its audience whose interest has resulted in record sales. The concentrated four-day Festival draws thousands of curious and engaged music enthusiasts from across the country, and is pleased to serve a growing community worldwide via these live and archival webcasts.

About the Ojai Music Festival
From its founding in 1947, the Ojai Music Festival has created a place for groundbreaking musical experiences, bringing together innovative artists and curious audiences in an intimate, idyllic setting 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The Festival presents broad-ranging programs in unusual ways, giving patrons a fresh perspective on the works they hear. The four-day festival offers a complete immersion experience with main concerts, free community events, symposia, film screenings, and gatherings. Considered a highlight of the summer season, Ojai remains a leader in the classical music landscape.

The Ojai Music Festival attracts the world’s greatest musical artists. Through its unique structure of the Artistic Director appointing an annual Music Director, Ojai has presented a “who’s who” of music including Aaron Copland, Igor Stravinsky, Olivier Messiaen, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kent Nagano, Pierre Boulez, John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, David Robertson, eighth blackbird, George Benjamin, Dawn Upshaw, Leif Ove Andsnes, Mark Morris, and Jeremy Denk.

The Festival has also recently announced music directors for 2015–2017: Steven Schick, percussionist, for 2015; Peter Sellars, director, for 2016; and Esa-Pekka Salonen, composer/conductor, for 2017.

Following the 2014 Festival in Ojai, Ojai North will take place June 19–21 in Berkeley, CA. The Ojai Music Festival’s multi-year partnership with Cal Performances at UC Berkeley was inaugurated in 2011. The combination of Ojai’s legacy of artistic innovation and Cal Performances’ tradition of groundbreaking productions creates a joint force that allows artists to achieve more than could be imagined by each organization separately.

Festival Passes & Information
Singles concert passes are available for the 2014 Festival concerts and may be purchased online at OjaiFestival.org or by calling 805 646 2053. Single concert passes range from $35 to $120. Lawn seating is $15.

Directions to Ojai, as well as information about lodging, concierge services for visitors, and other Ojai activities, are also available on the Ojai web site. Follow Festival updates on the web at OjaiFestival.org, Facebook (Facebook.com/ojaifestival) and Twitter (@ojaifestivals).

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2014 OJAI MUSIC FESTIVAL LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE
Thomas W. Morris, Artistic Director | Jeremy Denk, Music Director

PLEASE NOTE: THE SCHEDULE BELOW ONLY INCLUDES THOSE CONCERT AND TALKS THAT WILL BE WEBCAST. FOR THE COMPLETE 2014 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE, PLEASE VISIT WWW.OJAIFESTIVAL.ORG

THURSDAY, JUNE 12

OJAI TALKS
1:00–3:30pm, Ojai Valley Community Church
Ara Guzelimian, Ojai Talks director
Part I: Festival Overview with Jeremy Denk, 2014 Music Director
Part II: An Ensemble for the 21st Century: the Musician’s View with Eric and Colin Jacobsen, founders of The Knights

EVENING CONCERT
8:00pm, Libbey Bowl

Jeremy Denk, piano
Uri Caine Ensemble
JANÁČEK/SCHUBERT
Selections from Janáček’s On an Overgrown Path interwoven with short works by Schubert
URI CAINE
Mahler ReImagined
The music of Mahler viewed through the jazz pianist/composer Uri Caine’s unique lens of transformation and improvisation

Special Ojai Live webcast feature: Intermission interview with Ojai Music Festival guest, hosted by Fred Child of American Public Media’s Performance Today.

FRIDAY, JUNE 13

OJAI TALKS
1:00–4:00pm, Ojai Valley Community Church

Ara Guzelimian, Ojai Talks director
The Classical Style: Impact and Implications
The Friday Ojai Talks are in memory of Charles Rosen

Part I: Jeremy Denk on Charles Rosen
Part II: A panel discussion with guests, including Timo Andres, Don M. Randel and Henri Zerner, on Charles Rosen’s award-winning book
Part III: Bringing The Classical Style to the opera stage with Mary Birnbaum, director, and Steven Stucky, composer

EVENING CONCERT
8:00pm, Libbey Bowl

Brooklyn Rider, string quartet
The Knights
Aubrey Allicock, bass-baritone
Dominic Armstrong, tenor
Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano
Keith Jameson, tenor
Kim Josephson, baritone
Ashraf Sewailam, bass-baritone
Peabody Southwell, mezzo-soprano
Jennifer Zetlan, soprano
Mary Birnbaum, director
Robert Spano, conductor
HAYDN
String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 74, No. 3 (“Rider”)
STEVEN STUCKY/JEREMY DENK
The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts) World Premiere
(semi-staged)
Commissioned by the Ojai Music Festival, Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, Carnegie Hall, and the Aspen Music Festival and School
Special Ojai Live webcast feature: Intermission interview with Ojai Music Festival guest, hosted by Fred Child of American Public Media’s Performance Today.

OJAI LATE NIGHT CONCERT
10:30pm, Libbey Bowl

Uri Caine Sextet
URI CAINE
The music of George Gershwin, including Rhapsody in Blue, reimagined and improvised by Uri Caine

SATURDAY, JUNE 14

MORNING CONCERT
11:00am, Libbey Bowl

Jennifer Frautschi, violin
Jeremy Denk, piano
IVES
Sonatas for Violin and Piano (complete)

Special Ojai Live webcast feature: Intermission interview with Ojai Music Festival guest, hosted by Fred Child of American Public Media’s Performance Today.

EVENING CONCERT I – PROGRAM CHANGE
6:00pm, Libbey Bowl
Andrew Norman regrets that he was unable to complete his new piece, 140 characters or less, in sufficient time to allow for a premiere at the Ojai Festival. Mr. Denk looks forward to performing the piece at a later date.

Alex Sopp, flute
Colin Jacobsen, violin
Miranda Sielaff, viola
Eric Jacobsen, cello

Timo Andres, piano
The Knights
Eric Jacobsen, conductor

ANDREW NORMAN
Light Screens

MOZART/TIMO ANDRES
“Coronation” Concerto Re-composition

EVENING CONCERT II
8:00pm, Libbey Bowl

The Knights
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Storm Large, vocalist
Hudson Shad, vocal ensemble

BOCCHERINI
Quintet in C major Op. 30, No. 6
“La Musica Notturna delle Strada di Madrid” (arranged for string orchestra by The Knights)

IVES
Three Places in New England (1930 version)

FELDMAN
Madame Press Died Last Week at Ninety
STOCKHAUSEN
Tierkreis – Leo (arranged by Caroline Shaw)

WEILL
Seven Deadly Sins (in English)

Special Ojai Live webcast feature: post-concert interview with Ojai Music Festival guest, hosted by Fred Child of American Public Media’s Performance Today.

OJAI LATE NIGHT CONCERT
10:30pm, Libbey Bowl

Jennifer Frautschi, violin
Members of The Knights
Ojai Festival singers
Robert Spano, conductor

J.S. BACH
Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005

FELDMAN
Rothko Chapel
SUNDAY, JUNE 15

MORNING CONCERT
11:00am, Libbey Bowl

The Knights
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
MOZART
Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 (“Jupiter”)
Canonade: “a mélange of musical canons and canon-esque miscellaney” devised by Jeremy Denk with music by Josquin, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Kurtág, Purcell, P.D.Q. Bach, Uri Caine, and J.S. Bach
Special Ojai Live webcast feature: Intermission interview with Ojai Music Festival guest, hosted by Fred Child of American Public Media’s Performance Today.

EVENING CONCERT
5:30pm, Libbey Bowl

Jeremy Denk, piano
Ojai Festival singers
Kevin Fox, conductor
The Knights
Eric Jacobsen, conductor

LIGETI
Piano Études Books I & II

IVES
Psalm 90

BEETHOVEN
Fantasia in C Minor for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra, Op. 80 (“Choral Fantasy”)

Special Ojai Live webcast feature: Intermission interview with Ojai Music Festival guest, hosted by Fred Child of American Public Media’s Performance Today.

Programs and artists are subject to change.

 

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