Festival 2008: Appassionata!

The 14th Annual Ventura Music Festival theme was “Appassionata,” celebrating music from the Romantic Era, the period from 1820-1920 when composers emphasized emotional expression over formal structure.

Friday, May 2, 2008 at 3:00 p.m.
Tea & Trumpets Festival Brass Quintet

A quintessential afternoon of high tea, served with the brilliant brass of the Festival Brass Quintet lead by trumpeter Stephen Billington.

Friday, May 2, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.

“Stellar! Playing this good forces the listener to redefine his or her notions of what is great and what is merely acceptable.” —New York Sun

Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.
Giuseppe Albanese

Vendome Prize winner and Venice International Competition winner, Giuseppe Albanese returns to Ventura by popular demand. More...

Sunday, May 4, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.
Pink Martini

Part language lesson, part old-fashioned Hollywood spectacle, the Portland, Oregon-based ‘little orchestra’ has become an international phenomenon. More...

Monday, May 5, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
Rising Stars

Sara Daneshpour won the International Russian Piano Competition, then took 2nd prize at the 2007 William Kapell International Piano Competition one month later. 17 year-old Chilean guitarist, Gonzalo Contreras was finalist in the 2006 Parkening Young Guitarist Competition and studies with Christopher Parkening at Pepperdine.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
Leila Josefowicz

Since her Carnegie Hall debut at age 16, Josefowicz has received the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, recorded for Phillips, Nonesuch, BBC and Warner Classics, appeared with the world’s leading orchestras, been nominated for a Grammy...and is just getting warmed up. More...

Thursday, May 8, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
The Concord Ensemble

Earning the Grand Prize at the Early Music American/Dorian Recording Competition, and a coveted 5-star rating in Goldberg magazine for their debut recording, the Concord Ensemble brings a baroque "Battle of the Sexes" program to the San Buenaventura Mission.

Friday, May 9, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.
Turtle Island Quartet

Winner of the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Recording of the Year, Turtle Island fuses the classical quartet esthetic with contemporary American musical styles, and, honoring both, has redefined the state of the art.

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.
Nicole Cabell and David Lomeli with the Festival Orchestra and Nuvi Mehta

“And there was Nicole Cabell, who showed why she won the Cardiff Singer of the World competition!” —New York Times
“David Lomelí, is called to be one of the greatest tenor of our times. The greatest Rodolfo since Pavarotti” —The Jerusalem Post, Israel. More...