Artist update: Soprano Lucy Shelton is soloist in Reinbert de Leeuw’s Im wunderschönen Monat Mai

Download PDF >>

66th Ojai Music Festival
Music Director Leif Ove Andsnes

June 7-10, 2012

 

Artist update: Soprano Lucy Shelton is soloist in

Reinbert de Leeuw’s Im wunderschönen Monat Mai

 

 

(June 1, 2012) – Ojai CA:  From June 7 to June 10, 2012, the Ojai Music Festival will explore the musical interests and celebrate artistic collaborations of this year’s music director, Leif Ove Andsnes. With an extensive series of concerts and events, the 66th Ojai Music Festival marks a convergence of exceptional artists, stimulating and adventurous repertoire, one of the most remarkable audiences for music anywhere, and the idyllic setting of Ojai in a four-day immersion of almost continual music-making, discussion and community.

 

Joining Mr. Andsnes for the 2012 Festival will be many of his favorite artistic collaborators: the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra; pianist Marc-André Hamelin; conductor/composer Reinbert de Leeuw; clarinetist Martin Fröst; violist Antoine Tamestit; mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn; and percussionist Steven Schick. Leif Ove Andsnes’ Festival concerts include the United States premiere of Piano Concerto No. 2 “La Mattina” by Danish composer Bent Sørensen; Reinbert de Leeuw’s cycle of 21 Schubert and Schumann  songs ingeniously reworked for singing actress and ensemble, Im wunderschönen Monat Mai  (“In the Merry Month of May”), with Lucy Shelton; works by John Luther Adams including Dark Waves with Andsnes and Hamelin; Stravinsky’s four-hands piano version of Le sacre du printemps with Andsnes and Hamelin;  William Bolcom’s Cabaret Songs with Stotijn; Anders Hilborg’s Peacock Tales for solo clarinet and tape with Fröst; along with works by Eivind Buene and Haflidi Hallgrímsson.

 

Please note that Ojai alumni (2009) Lucy Shelton is replacing Barbara Sukowa, who was previously announced as the soloist for Reinbert de Leeuw’s Im wunderschönen Monat Mai.  Winner of two Walter W. Naumburg Awards – for chamber music and solo singing – soprano Lucy Shelton is recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of today’s composers.  Ms. Shelton has premiered over 100 works, including works by Elliott Carter, Oliver Knussen, Joseph Schwantner, Stephen Albert, Poul Ruders, Charles Wuorinen, Milton Babbitt, Shulamit Ran and Robert Zuidaim, most of which were written for her.  The multi-year residency project in partnership with Cal Performances in Berkeley, Ojai North!  (June 11-14) will also welcome Ms. Shelton.   (Please see complete 2012 Festival schedule at the end of this release.)

 

In addition to the Ojai Music Festival’s core concerts, Ojai offers a diverse mix of events interspersed throughout the weekend to enhance the Festival experience and further contextualize music’s place in our world today. The 2012 Festival experience will be concentrated, with more events scheduled between concerts and auxiliary happenings to create the sense of a continuous musical adventure.

 

*******

 

 

 

LEIF OVE ANDSNES, music director

 

Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes is one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation. He appears each season with the world’s leading orchestras and gives recitals in the foremost concert halls. Also an active chamber musician, he plays at the Risør Chamber Music Festival, Norway, and next year will serve as Music Director of the Ojai Music Festival in California. Beethoven figures prominently this season, in concerto performances with the Boston, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Trondheim and Vienna Symphony orchestras, the Norwegian and Swedish Chamber orchestras and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

 

Leif Ove Andsnes tours Italy with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, with which he also begins his recorded cycle of the Beethoven piano concertos with Sony Classical. Other highlights this season include Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in Germany, Japan and Norway, recitals in North America, Japan and Europe and a spring recital tour in the USA with baritone Matthias Goerne, featuring songs by Mahler and Shostakovich.

 

His discography comprises more than 30 solo, chamber and concerto releases, spanning repertoire from Bach to the present day and garnering seven Grammy nominations and five Gramophone Awards. Among his recent recordings are Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos Nos. 3 and 4 with Antonio Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra and Schumann’s complete piano trios with violinist Christian Tetzlaff and his sister, cellist Tanja Tetzlaff. Among his honours are Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav, the Peer Gynt Prize and the Gilmore Artist Award.

 

For complete Festival artist biographies, please visit the Festival website.

Ojai Music Festival Artistic Director Thomas W. Morris is recognized as one of the most visionary leaders and innovative concert programmers in the music industry. His tenure with the Festival began in 2004, and extends through 2014. As Artistic Director, Morris is responsible for identifying and engaging each Festival music director and, in collaboration with each music director, curating Festival programming in the fearless tradition for which Ojai has become renowned. In February 2004, Morris retired as executive director of The Cleveland Orchestra, a position he held since 1987. He has served in a number of capacities, including general manager of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1969 to 1985, where he had overall responsibility for the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Tanglewood, and Symphony Hall. In addition to his Ojai post, Morris is artistic director of Spring for Music Festival at New York’s Carnegie Hall, and is also active as a consultant, teacher, and writer.

 

Set among majestic oak and sycamore trees in the center of Ojai, the Libbey Bowl has been the heart of Ojai’s community and cultural events for over 50 years, and home for the Ojai Music Festival. Throughout the years, the Festival has welcomed some of the 20th century’s most notable musical luminaries to the Libbey Bowl stage. 2011 marked the opening of the new Libbey Bowl featuring major renovations to the venue including improved sight lines, seats and accessibility for the audience – as well as upgraded backstage facilities for artists – while keeping the same intimate ambience of the original Bowl. The new Libbey Bowl was designed by the late architect David Bury, whose vision for the new Bowl was grounded in his understanding of the Ojai community and the venue’s rich heritage.

 

The Ojai Music Festival continues its unmatched musical legacy and international reputation for artistic excellence, adventurous programs, and creative artistic camaraderie. Ojai’s tradition of inviting a new music director for each season guarantees variety and vitality across festivals.  The 2012 Festival explores the musical interests, and celebrates the artistic collaborations of Music Director Leif Ove Andsnes, one of today’s foremost pianists.  Choreographer Mark Morris will serve as the Festival’s 2013 Music Director and pianist Jeremy Denk will return to Ojai as the 2014 Music Director. Since 1947, the Ojai Valley has remained the quintessential haven for passionate music lovers and trailblazing artists, and serves as a creative laboratory where extraordinary music-making and provocative discussions flourish.  Thomas W. Morris, Artistic Director since 2004, and each appointed music director partner to create programs of wide-ranging repertoire and unexpected connections.  Among the Festival’s diverse music directors have been such renowned musical personalities as John Adams, Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  George Benjamin, Pierre Boulez, Aaron Copland, Ingolf Dahl, Peter Maxwell Davies, eighth blackbird, Lukas Foss, John Harbison, Oliver Knussen, Kent Nagano, David Robertson, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, Igor Stravinsky, Michael Tilson Thomas, Mitsuko Uchida and Dawn Upshaw. Considered a highlight of the summer classical music season, the Ojai Music Festival is a four-day series of concerts, symposia, and auxiliary events set in the idyllic Ojai Valley, known as California’s Shangri-la. Located 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles, Ojai Music Festival concerts take place at the newly renovated outdoor Libbey Bowl, on a site held sacred by the Chumash Indians.

 

This past June, the Ojai Music Festival experienced record-breaking sales with four sold-out concerts.  Early series ticket sales for the 2012 Festival are pacing toward sell-outs. Ojai Music Festival single tickets range from $25 to $110 for reserved seating and $15 for lawn seating. (Reserved section tickets increase the week of the Festival.)  Series passes are also available ranging from $685 to $25. Tickets for the Ojai Talks are $35. Tickets and passes available online at OjaiFestival.org or by calling the Box Office at 805-646-2053.

 

Festival concerts and Ojai Late Nights take place at the Libbey Bowl, at 210 South Signal Street. The Ojai Talks locations are at the Ojai Theater at 145 East Ojai Avenue and the Ojai Valley Community Church at 907 El Centro Street.

 

Lodging, directions, day activities, and complimentary concierge services, are also available on the Ojai Festival website.  Follow Festival updates at OjaiFestival.org, Facebook, and Twitter.

# # #

 

Ojai Music Festival: Gina Gutierrez, ggutierrez@ojaifestival.org                (805) 646-2094

National/International: Nikki Scandalios, nikki@scandaliospr.com            (704) 340-4094

Regional: Laura Cohen, lcmediapr@gmail.com                                       (310) 867-3897

 

For photos, additional bios, and Ojai information visit the press page at OjaiFestival.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

66th OJAI MUSIC FESTIVAL, June 7-10, 2012

Thomas W. Morris, Artistic Director | Leif Ove Andsnes, Music Director

Concerts at the new Libbey Bowl unless otherwise noted

 

 

Thursday June 7
Ojai Talks
Music and Place: A Creative Environment

3:30pm-4:30pm/Ojai Theater

 

Ara Guzelimian, symposium director
Steven Schick, percussion

Thursday, June 7  FREE COMMUNITY EVENT
5pm/Libbey Park

 

48 percussion and piccolo players

Steven Schick, director

 

John Luther Adams: Inuksuit

 

Thursday, June 7
7pm/Libbey Park Tennis Courts
Special Ojai Concert Insights FREE COMMUNITY EVENT

Fred Child of Performance Today, host
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Steven Schick, percussion

 

Thursday, June 7
8pm/Libbey Bowl

Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Steven Schick, percussion


John Luther Adams:
Red Arc/Blue Veil
Shostakovich: Six Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva, Op. 143a
Ives: Concord Sonata

 

Friday June 8
Ojai Talks
Part I: Music and Place: Norwegian Mood
1:00pm-2:30pm/Ojai Valley Community Church 

 

Ara Guzelimian, symposium director

Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

Part II: Music and Place: The Interior Landscape
3-4:30pm

Ara Guzelimian, symposium director

Reinbert de Leeuw, composer

Friday, June 8
8pm/Libbey Bowl

 

Reinbert de Leeuw, piano
Lucy Shelton, soprano
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

 

Janáček: String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters” (arr. for string orchestra)
Reinbert de Leeuw: Im wunderschönen Monat Mai (“In the Merry Month of May”), a cycle of 21 songs on Schumann and Schubert

 

 

Friday, June 8
Ojai Late Night

10:30pm/Libbey Bowl

 

Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano
Leif Ove Andnes, piano
Marc-André Hamelin, harmonium
Members of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

 

Bent Sørensen: Lullabies
Busoni: Berceuse Elegaique
Mahler: Rückert Lieder
Schnittke: Piano Quintet

Saturday, June 9
11am/Libbey Bowl

Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano
Martin Fröst, clarinet
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Eivind Buene: Langsam und Schmachtend
Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder (arr. Tarkman)
Berg: Four Pieces Op. 5
Berg: Four Songs, Op. 2
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 C Major, Op. 53 “Waldstein”

Saturday, June 9
2pm/Ojai Theater
Ojai Film: The Matchstick Man      


Saturday, June 9
3:30pm/Ojai Theater
Ojai Film: Strange and Sacred Noise

 

 

Saturday, June 9
8pm/Libbey Bowl

Terje Tønneson, violin
Antoine Tamestit, viola
Martin Fröst, clarinet and bass drum
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Haflidi Hallgrímsson: Poemi, Op. 7
Bent Sørensen: Piano Concerto No. 2 “La Mattina”   U.S. premiere
Anders Hillborg: Peacock Tales (version for clarinet and tape)
Mozart: Trio in E-Flat Major K. 498, “Kegelstatt”
György Kurtág: Hommage à Robert Schumann

Saturday, June 9

Ojai Late Night
10:30pm/Libbey Bowl

Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Teodor Janson, actor

Leos Janacek: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
with readings from Tolstoy (arranged for string orchestra and actor)

Sunday, June 10
Sunrise Breakfast
8:30 am/Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Special event for early 2013 Festival series subscribers with Performance Today’s Fred Child and pianist Jeremy Denk, 2014 music director.

Sunday, June 10
11am/Libbey Bowl

Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano
Øyvind Bjorå, violin
Martin Fröst, clarinet
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Bartók: Contrasts
Grieg: Holberg Suite (arr. for string orchestra)
William Bolcom: Cabaret Songs (selections)
Copland: Clarinet Concerto

 

Sunday, June 10
2:30pm/Ojai Theater
Ojai Film: Pictures Reframed

Sunday, June 10
2:30pm/Ojai Art Center
Special Donor and 2013 Subscriber event

Leif Ove Andsnes, piano, celeste, harmonium
Antoine Tamestit, viola
Marc-André Hamelin, harmonium
Anders Nilsson, violin
Members of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
György Kurtag: Ligatura
Liszt: Elegie
György Kurtag: Jatekok (selections)                                                                                 György Kurtag: Nine Pieces for Solo Viola & Jelek (selections)
Liszt: Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth
Liszt: Romance oubliée

Sunday, June 10
5:30pm/Libbey Bowl

Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor
Ida Bang, harp
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Debussy: Danses sacrée et danse profane
John Adams: Shaker Loops
John Luther Adams: Dark Waves (version for two pianos and tape)
Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps (two piano version)

Programs and artists are subject to change.