Ojai’s Libbey Bowl Music Lab opens after a two-year hiatus, again sparking a cacophony of experimentation.
The Ojai Music Festival began Thursday and continues through Sunday in a 75th anniversary event postponed twice due to COVID-19. Proof of vaccination is required, as well as masks, in a mandate announced by festival officials in August.
The festival has gained a worldwide reputation for attracting top composers and merging classical music with modern music in what is described on its website as “a finely tuned heckling”.
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams is leading this year’s festival as Music Director. The concerts present the work of performers and composers representing a new generation.
The weekend shows range from an “Ojai Dawn” concert on Saturday at 8 am at Besant Hill School in Happy Valley in Ojai to a final on Sunday at 5:30 pm at the Libbey Bowl. This final performance stars award-winning singer MacArthur Rhiannon Giddens, pianist Vikingur Olafsson, conductor Adams and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Tom Kisken covers health care and other news for the Ventura County Star. Reach it at [email protected] or 805-437-0255.
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