Recital planned as Ojai Music Festival gears up for 2012 edition
The Ojai Music Festival -- one of the country's premier venues for new music -- will feature a typically eclectic lineup for its 2012 edition, curated by pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, who is the guest music director. Prior to the summer festival, organizers will host a one-evening gala event on Feb. 11, featuring a piano performance by composer-conductor Robert Spano at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.
The 2012 festival will run June 7-10. Andsnes has selected to open the festival with John Luther Adams' "Inuksuit," an outdoor piece to be performed by 48 individuals. The production will be directed by the percussionist-conductor Steven Schick.
Also on tap for the opening day will be pianist Marc-André Hamelin, performing Ives' "Concord" Sonata, as well as Shostakovich's song cycle "Six Poems of Mariana Tsvetaeva," with mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn, accompanied by Andsnes.
The morning of June 9 will feature music by Wagner, Berg and Beethoven, as well as Norwegian composer Eivind Buene. The evening concert will include music by composers Haflidi Hallgrímsson, Bent Sørensen and Anders Hillborg, as well as pieces by Kurtag and Mozart. Andsnes will perform the piano for the day's concerts.
On the festival's final day, June 10, the morning concert will feature music by Bartok, Grieg, Copland and William Bolcom. The evening concert includes pieces by Stravinsky, Debussy, John Adams and John Luther Adams.
The Ojai Music Festival focuses on contemporary and cutting-edge works by composers both living and dead. The festival is run by Thomas W. Morris, who is the artistic director. Singer Dawn Upshaw was the festival's last guest music director.
-- David Ng
Photo: Leif Ove Andsnes. Credit: Lorenzo Agius