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Rising Stars Concert

Benjamin Krasner

Concert Headliner Benjamin Krasner, Pianist

Friday, May 12th, 8 pm
First United Methodist Church
1338 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura, CA

VMF’s most popular free concert every year! Experience an outstanding mix of young choral, classical and jazz performers, including the Ventura College Chamber Singers under the direction of Brent Wilson and the 2017 Student Jazz Competition winner Angelo Velasquez with his trio. Thanks to generous underwriting by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, this concert is a free and ticketless event open to everyone. No RSVP is required; just show up!

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21st Concert Season

Philharmonia Quartett Berlin
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Philharmonia Quartett Berlin
Pacific Mambo Orchestra
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Pacific Mambo Orchestra
Tea & Trumpets
Friday, May 1, 2015
Tea & Trumpets
Cantabile: The London Quartet
Friday, May 1, 2015
Cantabile: The London Quartet
A Celebration of Celedonio Romero
Saturday, May 2, 2015
A Celebration of Celedonio Romero
Ozomatli
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Ozomatli
Tea & Trumpets
Friday, May 8, 2015
Tea & Trumpets
Herb Alpert & Lani Hall
Friday, May 8, 2015
Herb Alpert & Lani Hall
Family Concert & Rising Star Peter Kilmo
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Family Concert &
Rising Star Peter Kilmo
Camera Lucida
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Camera Lucida

20th Concert Season: Festivo!

Sean Chen
Friday, November 15, 2013
Sean Chen, Solo Piano
and Piano Quintet
Family Concert
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Family Concert
Eddie Palmieri
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band
Tea & Trumpets
Friday, May 2, 2014
Tea & Trumpets
Igudesman & Joo
Friday, May 2, 2014
Igudesman & Joo: A Little Nightmare Music
Lynn Harrell
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Lynn Harrell
Judy Collins
Sunday, May 4, 2014
An Evening with Judy Collins
Cantus
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Cantus
Rising Stars
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Rising Stars
Stanislav Khristenko
Friday, May 9, 2014
Stanislav Khristenko -
Cleveland International Piano Competition Gold Medalist
Tea & Trumpets
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Tea & Trumpets
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Preservation Hall Jazz Band

19th Concert Season: Vivacity!

Tito Puente Jr.
February 16, 2013
Tito Puente Jr.
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
March 4, 2013
Academy of St. Martin
in the Fields
Festival Brass Quintet
May 3 & 10, 2013
Tea & Trumpets with the Festival Brass Quintet
Eldar Djangirov
May 3, 2013
Eldar Djangirov
Petrit Ceku
May 4, 2013
Petrit Çeku
Legendary Count Basie Orchestra
May 5, 2013
The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra
Rising Stars
May 7, 2013
Rising Stars: Julia Zhu, David Huang
Haochen Zhang
May 9, 2013
Haochen Zhang
M-Pact
May 11, 2013
M-Pact

Festival 2012: 18th Concert Season

Festival Brass Quintet
May 4, 2012
Tea & Trumpets
Federico Mondelci
May 4, 2012
Federico Mondelci
Alexander Schimpf
May 5, 2012
Alexander Schimpf
Tiempo Libre
May 6, 2012
Tiempo Libre
w/opening performer
Alfredo Rodriquez Trio
Emerson String Quartet
May 8, 2012
Emerson String Quartet
Jourdan Urbach and David Fraley
May 10, 2012
Rising Stars
Jourdan Urbach
David Fraley
Festival Brass Quintet
May 11, 2012
Tea & Trumpets
Pablo Sáinz Villegas
May 11, 2012
Pablo Sáinz Villegas
Nicole Cabell
May 12, 2012
Nicole Cabell

Festival 2011: Caravana Muzica


April 29, 2011
Tea & Trumpets

April 29, 2011
Roberto Prosseda

April 30, 2011
Mark O’Connor
String Quartet

May 1, 2011
Chris Botti

May 3, 2011
Martina Filjak

May 5, 2011
Rising Stars

May 6, 2011
Yeol Eum Son

May 6, 2011
Tea & Trumpets

May 7, 2011
Roby Lakatos
Ensemble

Festival 2010: Romanze


April 30, 2010
Sharon Isbin

May 1, 2010
Itzhak Perlman

May 2, 2010
Herbie Hancock

May 4, 2010
Calefax Reed Quintet

May 6, 2010
Rising Stars
w/Thousand Oaks Philharmonic

May 7, 2010
Escher String Quartet

May 8, 2010
Yeol Eum Son
   

Festival 2009: Ruskaya


May 1 & 8, 2009
Tea & Trumpets

May 1, 2009
Jerusalem String Quartet

May 2, 2009
The Romeros

May 3, 2009
Chris Botti

May 4, 2009
David Krakauer

May 5, 2009
Alexander Ghindin

May 7, 2009
Rising Stars

May 8, 2009
Mehta Squared

May 9, 2009
Burning River Brass

Festival 2008: Appassionata

Festival 2007: Impressions

A Celebration of French Music & Art
Highlights include The Dorian Wind Quartet, legendary jazz vocalist Diane Schuur, Italian pianist Guiseppe Albanese, Quartetto Gelato and guitarist Ana Vidovic.

Festival 2006: Stories in Music

Highlights include Branford Marsalis and his Jazz Quartet, Alexander String Quartet, Trio Solisti, violinist Cho-Liang Lin, pianist Chu-Fang Huang.

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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.
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Schwab Charitable Fund
Smith-Hobson Fund
Miriam Wille

GOLD SPONSORS
Gloisten Family Charitable Foundation
Pierpont Racquet Club

SILVER SPONSORS
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Joseph P. Reardon Funeral
Home & Cremation Service

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

Community Memorial Health System
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