2023 Festival Schedule

2023 Festival Schedule.111022

FULL SCHEDULE

THU, June 8

2:30PM   OJAI TALKS
Ojai Presbyterian Church

Two-part session with Music Director Rhiannon Giddens and featured collaborators, hosted by Ara Guzelimian and John Schaefer of WQXR New Sounds

8:00PM   LIQUID BORDERS
Libbey Bowl

Rhiannon Giddens, vocals | Steven Schick, conductor/percussion | Attacca Quartet | red fish blue fish, percussion ensemble

The Festival opens with Gabriela Ortiz’s Liquid Borders performed by red fish blue fish conducted by Steven Schick. The second half welcomes back the Attacca Quartet performing a curated playlist made especially for Ojai audiences

FRI, June 9

8:00AM   OJAI DAWNS
Zalk Theater, Besant Hill School

red fish blue fish, percussion ensemble

CHOU WEN-CHUNG  Echoes from the Gorge
Works by composers of the Iranian Female Composers Association

The Ojai Dawns is a benefit for Festival Family Donor Circles.  Learn more here>

10:00AM   VIS-À-VIS
Libbey Bowl

Kayhan Kalhor, kamancheh | Wu Man, pipa | Steven Schick, percussion

LEI LIANG   Vis-À-Vis
Works by Michael Abels and others

3:30PM   GHOST OPERA
Greenberg Center, Ojai Valley School lower campus

Wu Man, pipa | Attacca Quartet

A new staging of Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera for pipa and string quartet evokes the spirits of Bach and Shakespeare, standing with the ancient folk traditions of traditional shamanistic Chinese music

Ghost Opera is an add-on event, not included in the Libbey Bowl Series Pass. Purchase here >

8:00PM   AN EVENING WITH RHIANNON GIDDENS AND FRANCESCO TURRISI
Libbey Bowl

An intimate acoustic concert with Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi with music ranging from Baroque, Appalachian ballads to traditional Black American songs

SAT, June 10

8:00AM   MORNING MEDITATION
Chaparral Auditorium

Artist and program to be announced

FREE. Open to the public. 

10:00AM  MORNING CONCERT
Libbey Bowl

Kayhan Kalhor and friends

Program to be announced

2:30PM   GHOST OPERA
Greenberg Center, Ojai Valley School lower campus

Wu Man, pipa | Attacca Quartet

A new staging of Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera for pipa and string quartet evokes the spirits of Bach and Shakespeare, standing with the ancient folk traditions of traditional shamanistic Chinese Opera

Repeat performance. Ghost Opera is an add-on event, not included in the Libbey Bowl Series Pass. Purchase here >

8:00PM   OMAR’S JOURNEY     World Premiere
Libbey Bowl

Rhiannon Giddens, singer/instrumentalist | Justin Robinson, fiddle | Francesco Turrisi, instrumentalist | Ojai Festival Chamber Ensemble

An Ojai-commissioned chamber work for voices and small ensemble drawn from the opera Omar, by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels, paired with the musical traditions of Senegal and the Carolinas

SUN, June 11

8:00AM   MORNING MEDITATION
Chaparral Auditorium

Artists and program to be announced

FREE. Open to the public. 

10:00AM   EARLY MUSIC
Libbey Bowl

Kayhan Kalhor, kamancheh | Rodney Prada, viola da gamba | Francesco Turrisi, multi-instrumentalist | Wu Man, pipa | Attacca Quartet

Curated by Francesco Turrisi, a program of morning music spanning from ancient pipa music to works of Dowland and Monteverdi

2:30PM   BETWEEN WORLDS
Greenberg Center, Ojai Valley School lower campus

Members of the Silkroad Ensemble: Mazz Swift, violin/viola | Mario Gotoh, viola | Karen Ouzonian, cello | Shawn Conley, double bass

A complete performance of Carlos Simon’s cycle Between Worlds, four solo string works placed in visual context by the remarkable paintings of Bill Traylor (ca. 1853-1949), chronicling nearly a century of Black American life

Festival Family Donor Circle Members receive first priority seats. Learn more here>

4:00PM   COMMUNITY CONCERT
Libbey Park Gazebo

The tradition continues! A community concert fun for all ages and families

FREE. Open to the public.

5:30PM   FINALE: STRINGS ATTACHED
Libbey Bowl

Rhiannon Giddens, singer/instrumentalist | Kayhan Kalhor, kamancheh | Rodney Prada, viola da gamba | Francesco Turrisi, instrumentalist | Justin Robinson, fiddle | Wu Man, pipa | Attacca Quartet

A musical summit and jam session featuring solos and collaborations among the bowed and plucked string instruments from cultures in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East

THU, June 8

2:30PM   OJAI TALKS
Ojai Presbyterian Church

Two-part session with Music Director Rhiannon Giddens and featured collaborators, hosted by Ara Guzelimian and John Schaefer of WQXR New Sounds

8:00PM   LIQUID BORDERS
Libbey Bowl

Rhiannon Giddens, vocals | Steven Schick, conductor/percussion | Attacca Quartet | red fish blue fish, percussion ensemble

The Festival opens with Gabriela Ortiz’s Liquid Borders performed by red fish blue fish conducted by Steven Schick. The second half welcomes back the Attacca Quartet performing a curated playlist made especially for Ojai audiences

FRI, June 9

8:00AM   OJAI DAWNS
Zalk Theater, Besant Hill School

red fish blue fish, percussion ensemble

CHOU WEN-CHUNG  Echoes from the Gorge
Works by composers of the Iranian Female Composers Association

The Ojai Dawns is a benefit for Festival Family Donor Circles. Learn more here>

10:00AM   VIS-À-VIS
Libbey Bowl

Kayhan Kalhor, kamancheh | Wu Man, pipa | Steven Schick, percussion

LEI LIANG   Vis-À-Vis
Works by Michael Abels and others

3:30PM   GHOST OPERA
Greenberg Center, Ojai Valley School lower campus

Wu Man, pipa | Attacca Quartet

A new staging of Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera for pipa and string quartet evokes the spirits of Bach and Shakespeare, standing with the ancient folk traditions of traditional shamanistic Chinese music

Ghost Opera is an add-on event, not included in the Libbey Bowl Series Pass. Purchase here >

8:00PM   AN EVENING WITH RHIANNON GIDDENS AND FRANCESCO TURRISI
Libbey Bowl

An intimate acoustic concert with Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi with music ranging from Baroque, Appalachian ballads to traditional Black American songs

SAT, June 10

8:00AM   MORNING MEDITATION
Chaparral Auditorium

Artist and program to be announced

FREE. Open to the public. 

10:00AM  MORNING CONCERT
Libbey Bowl

Kayhan Kalhor and friends

Program to be announced

2:30PM   GHOST OPERA
Greenberg Center, Ojai Valley School lower campus

Wu Man, pipa | Attacca Quartet

A new staging of Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera for pipa and string quartet evokes the spirits of Bach and Shakespeare, standing with the ancient folk traditions of traditional shamanistic Chinese Opera

Repeat performance. Ghost Opera is an add-on event, not included in the Libbey Bowl Series Pass. Purchase here >

8:00PM   OMAR’S JOURNEY     World Premiere
Libbey Bowl

Rhiannon Giddens, singer/instrumentalist | Justin Robinson, fiddle | Francesco Turrisi, multi-instrumentalist | Ojai Festival Chamber Ensemble

An Ojai-commissioned chamber work for voices and small ensemble drawn from the opera Omar, by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels, paired with the musical traditions of Senegal and the Carolinas

SUN, June 11

8:00AM   MORNING MEDITATION
Chaparral Auditorium

Artists and program to be announced

FREE. Open to the public. 

10:00AM   EARLY MUSIC
Libbey Bowl

Kayhan Kalhor, kamancheh | Rodney Prada, viola da gamba | Francesco Turrisi, instrumentalist | Wu Man, pipa | Attacca Quartet

Curated by Francesco Turrisi, a program of morning music spanning from ancient pipa music to works of Dowland and Monteverdi

2:30PM   BETWEEN WORLDS
Greenberg Center, Ojai Valley School lower campus

Members of the Silkroad Ensemble: Mazz Swift, violin/viola | Mario Gotoh, viola | Karen Ouzonian, cello | Shawn Conley, double bass

A complete performance of Carlos Simon’s cycle Between Worlds, four solo string works placed in visual context by the remarkable paintings of Bill Traylor (ca. 1853-1949), chronicling nearly a century of Black American life

Festival Family Donor Circle Members receive first priority seats. Learn more here>

4:00PM   COMMUNITY CONCERT
Libbey Park Gazebo

The tradition continues! A community concert fun for all ages and families

FREE. Open to the public.

5:30PM   FINALE: STRINGS ATTACHED
Libbey Bowl

Rhiannon Giddens, singer/instrumentalist | Kayhan Kalhor, kamancheh | Rodney Prada, viola da gamba | Francesco Turrisi, multi-instrumentalist | Justin Robinson, fiddle | Wu Man, pipa | Attacca Quartet

A musical summit and jam session featuring solos and collaborations among the bowed and plucked string instruments from cultures in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East