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Ojai Festival to feature works of Osvaldo Golijov
 
From the Ojai Festival


Thomas W. Morris, artistic director of the Ojai Music Festival today announced the final updated program for the festival's 60th anniversary, which takes place from June 8 to 11 and reflects both the Ojai philosophy of innovative and adventurous programming of the highest quality and the musical profile of each year's festival music director. This year Robert Spano, the Grammy Award-winning music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, well known for his passion for adventure and eclectic programming, is the Ojai music director.

This year's festival focus, created collaboratively by Mr. Morris and Mr. Spano, is the music of Osvaldo Golijov, who The New York Times said is among a new wave of composers "who will change the way music is played and heard" and whose music Robert Spano has long championed. Three major Golijov works will be performed, including the West Coast premiere of the revised version of his acclaimed one-act opera Ainadamar performed in a concert version with sopranos Dawn Upshaw and Jessica Rivera, mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and members of the ASO Chamber Chorus. Ms. Upshaw will also sing Mr. Golijov's Grammy-nominated song cycle Ayre in a program including Berio's Folk Songs, the work that inspired Ayre. She will be joined by new music ensemble eighth blackbird, guitarist Gustavo Santaolalla, and other guest artists in these performances. Finally, Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza will sing Mr. Golijov's Oceana with Robert Spano conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus in a program that takes the audience on a journey of musical cross-currents from John Adams's Chamber Symphony to Bach's Dona Nobis Pacem. The festival will also include a discussion between Osvaldo Golijov and Ara Guzelimian, senior director and artistic advisor at Carnegie Hall, entitled "Beyond Boundaries: The Worlds of Osvaldo Golijov."


For concert details, view the calendar.