The 67th Ojai Music Festival, June 6-9, 2013, will explore the musical interests and celebrate artistic collaborations of this year’s music director, noted American choreographer Mark Morris, whose programming focuses on American artists and American music.
With an extensive series of concerts and events, the 2013 Festival marks a convergence of exceptional artists, adventurous repertoire, one of the most remarkable audiences for music anywhere, and the idyllic setting of Ojai in a four-day immersion experience of almost continual music-making, discussion and community.
Mark Morris – the first dancer/choreographer to serve as Music Director of the Ojai Music Festival – has received numerous awards in recognition of his contributions to the arts, including a MacArthur Fellowship and the prestigious Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society. Celebrated not only as a dancer and choreographer, Mr. Morris’ extensive work in directing opera has included partnerships with The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, English National Opera, The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and Cal Performances at UC Berkeley.
Ojai 2013 programming focuses on music Mark Morris champions and loves, including the music of Lou Harrison, John Cage, Henry Cowell, Charles Ives, and John Luther Adams. Joining Mr. Morris in Ojai will be his Mark Morris Dance Group and the MMDG Music Ensemble, as well as several long-time collaborators including jazz trio The Bad Plus (recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as “about as badass as highbrow can get”), pianist/organist Colin Fowler, the American String Quartet, percussion ensemble red fish blue fish, and Gamelan Sari Raras.
June 6-9, 2013
Libbey Bowl (main concerts)
210 South Signal Street Ojai CA 93023
About the sponsor:
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 that embrace the music of our time and provides intellectual context and education around Festival programming, creating an immersion experience of adventurous inspiration and vibrant collaboration. Considered a highlight of the summer classical music season, Ojai has remained a leader in the classical music landscape, provoking thought during the Festival and long after about why music matters.
The Ojai Music Festival attracts the world’s great musical artists. Through its unique structure of 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.