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Ojai Music Festival Announces 2018 Schedule

The 2018 Ojai Music Festival has announced its 2018 schedule and offerings. Things can change; up-to-the-minute details can be found at OjaiFestival.org, along with a full schedule of performances and supporting events, and ticket information, including seating charts.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja is this year’s Music Director. Kopatchinskaja will perform works by Luigi Nono, Beethoven, Tigran Mansurian, and Ligeti; collaborate with soprano Ah Young Hong in Kurtag’s Kafka Fragments; play Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello with JACK Quartet cellist Jay Campbell, and perform with her parents in an exploration of Moldavian folk music.
Kopatchinskaja will also produce programs intended to advocate for music by Michael Hersch and Galina Ustvolskaya.

Highlights of the 2018 Ojai Music Festival include two semi-staged concerts conceived and directed by Kopatchinskaja; the world premiere of a commissioned work by Michael Hersch; Stravinsky’s very beautiful 20th century classic L’Histoire du Soldat on the occasion of its centennial; free music events including Luciano Berio’s Sequenzas for solo instruments; two concerts for children devised and performed by Kopatchinskaja; and a special performance of John Luther Adams’ new string quartet “everything that rises” as a tribute to Ojai Valley renewal following the Thomas Fire.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja will be joined by close artistic collaborators, all of whom are making their Festival debuts: Berlin-based Mahler Chamber Orchestra in its first extended United States residency; the JACK Quartet, composer/pianist Michael Hersch, pianist Markus Hinterhäuser, pianist/harpsichordist Anthony Romaniuk, pianist Amy Yang, composer/sound designer Jorge Sanchez-Chiong, and Kopatchinskaja’s parents, Viktor and Emilia Kopatchinsky.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja states that “Ojai is special. There is no fight with new music. There is no fear. Just curiosity and hunger for fresh music of today. The Ojai audiences are completely open minded, and it’s a wonderful possibility to do music that I truly enjoy and find powerfully relevant in our present world. Ojai is magic.”

In their press release, the Ojai Music Festival states that they will present “Music Director Patricia Kopatchinskaja’s unbounded musical creativity in the context of today’s social
and political climate. The Ojai, Ventura, and Santa Barbara areas continue to replenish from the devastation of the Thomas Fire. The Topa Topa Mountains surrounding the Ojai Valley have already given rise to new growth, and the Festival honors this renewal with new works, debuts,
and free community concerts.”

Regarding Kopatchinskaja, current Ojai Music Festival Artistic Director, Thomas W. Morris says, “When I first met Patricia Kopatchinskaja, I knew she was a natural to be Music Director of the Festival. She is, quite simply, a force of nature. Her unstoppable energy, blazing virtuosity, and relentless curiosity are irresistible.The 2018 Festival will showcase her wildly diverse artistic talents as a violinist, a collaborator, a director, an advocate, and as a creative force. Patricia sees music in the context of today’s social and political issues, so the 2018 Festival is one that will surely offer confrontation, questioning, and healing. The 2018 Festival aims to capture Patricia’s infectious energy and virtuosity.”

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2018 Ojai Music Festival single tickets are available and may be purchased online at OjaiFestival.org or by calling (805) 646-2053.
2018 Ojai Music Festival single tickets range from $45 to $150 for reserved seating and lawn tickets for $20.

Pre-concert interviews are broadcast through the Festival’s free live streaming program.

For up-to-date Festival information, artist biographies and photos, and access to concerts, and other information visit the Ojai Music Festival website.

Visit OjaiFestival.org for details.

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