Ojai Music Fest is back this weekend in a vaccination event

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.

For more information, including tickets, visit ojaifestival.org or dial 805-646-2053. Libbey Bowl shows can also be broadcast live free.

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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