2023 Live Stream Replays

Seven of the 2023 concerts are available at no cost via live streaming… [continue reading]

The 77th Ojai Music Festival, June 8 to 11, 2023, welcomes as Music Director acclaimed musician and composer Rhiannon Giddens. Seven of the more than 20 music events scheduled throughout the beautiful setting of the Ojai Valley will be available at no cost via live streaming.  Since 2012, the Festival has expanded its global footprint building a worldwide audience, and has deepened connections with patrons throughout the year.

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THU June 8, 2023

8:00PM – Liquid Borders

Rhiannon Giddens vocals | Kayhan Kalhor kamancheh | Attacca Quartet | Steven Schick percussion/director| red fish blue fish percussion

Kaija SAARIAHO Movement V from Six Japanese Gardens
Gabriela ORTIZ Liquid Borders
Franz Joseph HAYDN String Quartet in F major, Op. 77 No. 2 Hob. III:82
Zakir HUSSAIN Pallavi (arr. Reena Esmail)
Philip GLASS First Movement from String Quartet No. 3 (“Mishima”)
Colin JACOBSEN  Beloved do not let me be discouraged
Geeshie WILEY  Last Kind Words (arr. by Jacob Garchik)
Rhiannon GIDDENS  Lullaby
David CROSBY/Nathan SCHRAM  Where We Are Not (arr. Nathan Schram)
Caroline SHAW  Stem and Root from The Evergreen
John ADAMS  Judah to Ocean, Rag the Bone from John’s Book of Alleged Dances

FRI June 9, 2023

10:00AM – Vis-A-Vis

Lara Downes piano | Michi Wiancko violin | Mario Gotoh viola Karen Ouzounian cello |Emi Ferguson flute | Joshua Rubin clarinet | Gloria Cheng piano | Wu Man pipa | Steven Schick conductor/percussion

Due to injury, pianist Leonard Hayes has had to reduce his playing commitments and has withdrawn from this concert. We are deeply grateful to Lara Downes for agreeing to step in on short notice. Please note the revised program:

Shawn OKPEBHOLO  Amazing Grace 
H.T. BURLEIGH On Bended Knees
Margaret BONDS Troubled Water (Wade in the Water)  
Michael ABELS  Iconoclasm 
Jessie MONTGOMERY  Rhapsody No. 2 
Nasim KHORASSANI  Growth 
Nina BARZEGAR  Inexorable Passage 
Lei LIANG  vis-à-vis 

8:00PM – Evening with Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi

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

SAT June 10, 2023

10:00AM – The Willows Are New

Gloria Cheng piano | Kayhan Kalhor kamancheh | Karen Ouzounian cello | Nathan Schram viola |  
Wu Man pipa

Niloufar NOURBAKHSH Veiled
Lei LIANG Mother’s Songs
GE Gan-Ru Gong (from Gu Yue)
CHOU Wen-Chung The Willows are New
Kayhan KALHOR Solo Improvisation

8:00PM – Omar’s Journey

Watch for highlights of Omar’s Journey in the coming weeks. 

Limmie Pulliam tenor (Omar) | Rhiannon Giddens soprano (Julie) | Cheryse McLeod Lewis mezzo-soprano (Fatima) | Michael Preacely bass-baritone (Abdul/Abe) | Andy Papas bass-baritone (Owen/Johnson) | Emi Ferguson flute | Joshua Rubin clarinet | Mazz Swift, Michi Wiancko violins | Mario Gotoh viola | Karen Ouzounian cello | Shawn Conley bass | Leonard Hayes piano | Ross Karre, Francesco Turrisi percussion | Justin Robinson fiddle | Seckou Keita kora

Omar’s Journey World Premiere
Music by Rhiannon GIDDENS and Michael ABELS and Libretto by Rhiannon Giddens
and music from Senegal and the Carolinas

An Ojai-commissioned work for voices and chamber ensemble drawn from the opera Omar, by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels, framed by traditional music that traces the journey of the real-life Omar Ibn Said from Senegal to the Carolinas.

SUN June 11, 2023

10:00AM – Early Music

Francesco Turrisi curator and keyboards | Attacca Quartet |Rhiannon Giddens vocals | Kayhan Kalhor kamancheh | Karen Ouzounian cello | Wu Man pipa |Joshua Stauffer theorbo

This concert challenges the idea of late Renaissance and early Baroque music and reinterprets it as a universal language that can connect the 17th century to today through an imagined historical and geographical journey.

5:30PM – Strings Attached

Amy Schroeder violin | Kayhan Kalhor kamancheh | Seckou Keita kora | Rhiannon Giddens vocals/multi-instrumentalist Wu Man pipa | Francesco Turrisi multi-instrumentalist | Mazz Swift, Michi Wiancko violins | Mario Gotoh viola |Karen Ouzounian cello | Shawn Conley bass | Joshua Stauffer theorbo

A musical summit of Festival artists and a jam session featuring solos and collaborations bringing together bowed and plucked string instruments from the Americas, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. An exuberant finale celebrating the many musical stories featured at this year’s Festival!