VMF YOUNG ARTISTS

A Rising Stars Concert on May 12, 8pm–offered free of charge to the community–will feature outstanding young classical, choral and jazz musicians, including the Ventura College Singers.

VMF’s Music in the Schools program serves upwards of 4,000 elementary school children in both school and after-school settings, including Casa Pacifica and Boys & Girls Clubs. Its sponsors: Aera Energy LLC and Harmony Music Center.

VMF welcomes sponsors of its Young Artists Fund and other youth education and engagement programs. To donate,or for further information, please call Executive Director Susan Scott at 805-648-3146 or email her.

The VMF Young Artists Fund underwrites the performances and often the professional debuts of outstanding young musicians who have emerged from local, regional and national competitions in diverse Festival and pre-Festival programs. Many VMF Young Artists have gone on to forge promising careers in concert halls that span the globe. The VMF Young Artists Fund also offers free or heavily discounted tickets to young artists for all Festival concerts.

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Fire & Grace Benefit

Saturday, May 6, 7-9pm

Virtuoso violin meets Celtic guitar as Edwin Huizinga and William Coulter, masters of classical, folk and contemporary music present selections from their famous Liquid Gold Suite ranging from Bach and Vivaldi to Irish folk songs. Their hour-long concert at 8 pm follows a dessert and champagne reception at 7 pm at the Museum of Ventura County. Co-presented by the Ventura Music Festival and Museum of Ventura County to benefit their education programs.

General admission – $100 per person
Museum members & Festival sponsors & founders – $85 per person

Fire & Grace Kids Concert

Saturday, May 6, 4-5pm

This international duo performs a special concert for children age 8 and up, their parents and grandparents, along with a Q&A introduction to their music and instruments and even dancing! At the Museum of Ventura County. Free.

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR
“An American Season”
July 13-16 & 21-23

Enjoy two weekends of great classical, jazz and genre-defying music performed by world-class artists, led this year by Michael Feinstein, Ambassador-in-Chief of the Great American Songbook, in the beautiful beach town of Ventura. Tickets on sale now.

Save 10% if you purchase 5 or more concerts
(not including Tea & Trumpets performances)

To purchase fewer than five tickets,
start with the first concert of interest below.

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Meet the Artists

This year’s nine-concert festival theme is “An American Season” featuring great classical, jazz and genre-defying music performed by world-class artists. Concerts are held at the intimate 400-seat Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Road in Ventura, unless noted otherwise. For more information call (805) 648-3146.
$10 or $15 tickets are available for youth under 18 at all concerts.

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band

J2B2 by Mike Melnyk

J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band)
“American roots music at its finest”
Thursday, July 13 at 7:30pm

The Festival opens under the stars at the historic Olivas Adobe with incomparable songwriting and harmony vocals by “the best string players in the world” as “guitarist’s guitarist” John Jorgenson is joined by fellow music legends Herb Pedersen, Mark Fain and Patrick Sauber. Tickets: $20/$30/$40

Roger Kellaway

Roger Kellaway by Jorjana Kellaway

Roger Kellaway
“A giant of jazz piano”
Friday, July 14 at 8pm

This master pianist, who’s worked with Ellington, Yo-Yo Ma and Joni Mitchell, is a protean composer and his Festival program includes an adaptation of the landmark multimedia portrait of democracy, Visions of America, featuring jazz singer-violinist Calabria Foti.
Tickets: $30/$40/$50

Anderson & Roe

Anderson & Roe

Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
“The most dynamic piano duo of this generation”
Saturday, July 15 at 8pm

Last year’s Festival sensation returns with another transcendental program featuring Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein, Paul Schoenfield’s “Boogie” and several surprises! Tickets: $30/$40/$50

Nuvi Mehta & Friends

Nuvi Mehta & Friends

Nuvi Mehta & Friends
“An evening of great American classical music”
Sunday, July 16 at 7pm

VMF’s Artistic Director gathers his virtuosi friends for a memorable classical program of Barber, Copland and Ojai-based composer John Biggs who will celebrate his 85th birthday at the Festival.
Tickets: $20/$30/$40

Perla Batalla & Leonard Cohen

Perla with Leonard Cohen by Nancy Santullo

Perla Batalla
“In tribute to her great friend
Leonard Cohen”
Friday, July 21 at 8pm

This extraordinary Grammy©- nominated vocalist brings her singular style to the visionary music of legendary poet, songwriter and artist Leonard Cohen for a memory-making concert honoring one of the greats. Tickets: $20/$30/$40

Simply Three

Simply Three

Simply Three
“A fresh genesis for string playing”
Saturday, July 22 at 8pm

This bass/cello/violin trio has reshaped chamber music, genre-hopping from Puccini, Gershwin and original works to Adele, Coldplay and Michael Jackson.
Tickets: $30/$40/$50

Michael Feinstein

Michael Feinstein by Gilles Toucas

Michael Feinstein
“Stories and Songs from the Great American Songbook”
Sunday, July 23 at 7pm

This Grammy©-nominated singer, pianist and educator has become a PBS star with his Great American Songbook series, dazzling world stages as an unparalleled interpreter of American music from saloon singers and Broadway hits to Berlin, Ellington, Gershwin, Sinatra and more. Called a “national treasure,” Feinstein is an all-star force in American music today.
Tickets: $30/$45/$60/$65

Festival Brass Quintet

Festival Brass Quintet

Festival Brass Quintet
“Tea & Trumpets”
Fridays, July 14 & 21 3pm
at Pierpont Inn

Enjoy the legendary inn’s splendid four-course English tea with the quintet’s hallmark wit, humor and fanfare. Tickets: $80

Fire & Grace

Fire & Grace

Fire & Grace Benefit Concert
Sunday, May 6 at 8pm
Dessert Reception at 7pm
at Museum of Ventura County

A co-presentation of the Museum of Ventura County and the Ventura Music Festival.

2017 VMF EVENTS CALENDAR

Tickets are on sale online or by calling 805-648-3146.
The free concerts are ticketless events open to the public.

APRIL 20
Ventura Music Festival Cabaret

Join us at Four Points by Sheraton for the legendary soul singer Billy Valentine, in a benefit for the VMF Young Artists Fund, 6 to 9:30 pm.

MAY 6
Fire & Grace Kids Concert

This international duo performs a special concert for children age 8 and up, their parents and grandparents, along with a Q&A introduction to their music and instruments and even dancing! At the Museum of Ventura County. 4 to 5 pm. Free.

MAY 6
Fire & Grace Benefit

Virtuoso violin meets Celtic guitar as Edwin Huizinga and William Coulter, masters of classical, folk and contemporary music present selections from their famous Liquid Gold Suite ranging from Bach and Vivaldi to Irish folk songs. Their hour-long concert at 8 pm follows a dessert and champagne reception at 7 pm at the Museum of Ventura County. Co-presented by the Ventura Music Festival and Museum of Ventura County to benefit their education programs. 7 to 9 pm.

General admission – $100 per person
Museum members & Festival sponsors & founders – $85 per person

MAY 12
Rising Stars Concert

Experience outstanding young choral, classical and jazz performers at this free concert at First United Methodist Church from 8 to 9:30 pm.

JUNE 4
Mehta at the Museum

Join spellbinding raconteur and VMF Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta in a conversation about “The Story of American Classical Music from Gershwin to Today” at the Museum of Ventura County from 3 to 4 pm. Free.

JUNE 25
The Great American Songbook

Soprano Patricia Lathrop-McPherson and baritone Steven Perren perform songbook selections in this benefit for the VMF Young Artists Fund. 4 pm. Location & ticket price TBA.

JULY 11
Ventura County Concert Band

Ms. Julie Judd conducts this forty-member adult ensemble in the Main Street Mini Park between Oak and Palm Streets in downtown Ventura.
6 to 7 pm. Free.

JULY 13-16 & 21-23
Ventura Music Festival

Enjoy two weekends of great classical, jazz and genre-defying music performed by world-class artists in the beautiful beach town of Ventura. Tickets on sale now. Call 805-648-3146.

Media contacts: Ventura Music Festival Executive Director Susan Scott,
or Richard Newsham, or call 805-648-3146.

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WE SALUTE OUR
2017 Festival Sponsors

HEADLINER
Anonymous

IMPRESARIO
Julia Campbell & Ben Namba
Freddie & Al Contarino
Janet & Mark Goldenson
Hammer-Hewson Associates
and Shirley & Steve Simms
Jordan Laby
Barbara Meister

PLATINUM SPONSORS
Dr. Peter Cannon
City of Ventura
Celine Gillibrand for P.W. Gillibrand Co.
Montecito Bank & Trust
Schwab Charitable Fund
Smith-Hobson Fund
Miriam Wille

GOLD SPONSORS
Gloisten Family Charitable Foundation
Pierpont Racquet Club

SILVER SPONSORS
E.J. Harrison & Sons
Joseph P. Reardon Funeral
Home & Cremation Service

Limoneira & Limco Del Mar
Rabobank

BRONZE SPONSORS
Aera Energy LLC
(for Music in the Schools)
Arianna Ashkar, Brett Ashkar,
John Ashkar & Family

Community Memorial Health System
Halter-Encinas Enterprises
Dr. Richard & Lori Reisman