Ventura Music Festival
Concert Season

2017 Season Performances

Click on each photo for a performance sample and program notes.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

See Performance Archives for previous season archives.

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

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

Gloisten Family Charitable Foundation
Pierpont Racquet Club

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

Limoneira & Limco Del Mar

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

Community Memorial Health System
Halter-Encinas Enterprises
Julius Gius Memorial Rotary Foundation (for Music in the Schools)
Dr. Richard & Lori Reisman
The Arts Collaborative