Festival 2009: Ruskaya!

Ruskaya: Music...the Soul of Russia. In our 15th Festival Season we celebrate not only Russian music but an area of the world that became the cradle of modern musical performance.

Tea & Trumpets

Friday, May 1, 2009 at 3 p.m. & Friday, May 8, 2009 at 3 p.m.
Tea & Trumpets with the Festival Brass

A perennial favorite, The Festival Brass Quintet returns to the gracious courtyard at Nona's Courtyard Cafe in the elegant Bella Maggiore Bed & Breakfast Inn. The afternoon of great music includes a lovely English High Tea complete with scones, Devonshire cream, and strawberry.

Jerusalem String Quartet

Friday, May 1, 2009 at 8 p.m.
The Jerusalem String Quartet

To celebrate our 15th anniversary, we are bringing one of the most dynamic and exciting string quartets currently performing, the Jerusalem Quartet is in demand all over the world and frequently performs at the Concertbouw and Carnegie Hall. Their two most recent recordings for Harmomia Mundi were featured as Editor's Choice in Grammaphone Magazine and won the BBC Music Magazine Awards best recording of the year respectively.

The Romeros

Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 8 p.m.
The Romeros

The legendary Celedonio romero, with his sons Celin,Pepe and Angel, founded this renowned ensemble known to millions as "The Royal Family of the Guitar." The Romeros have dazzled audiences all over the world with virtuosity and internationally acclaimed performances. The Romeros return to the festival for our first Saturday night concert, and whether you're a fan of classical music or enjoy a program of virtuoso guitar, it's one you won't want to miss.
"Collectively, they are the only classical guitar quartet of real stature in the world today; in fact, they virtually invented the fromat." —The New York Times

Chris Botti

Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 2 p.m.
Chris Botti

Jazz trumpeter Chris Botti started playing at the age of ten, and began performing professionally while still in high school. After studying at the prestigious Indiana University music program, Botti relocated to New York, swiftly emerging as a highly regarded session player on recordings by Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon and Yoyo Ma. A festured soloist in Sting's "Brand New Day" world tour, he has also recorded numerous top 40 hits. Bring a picnic basket, the lawn chairs, a few frineds and enjoy a rare outdoor jazz performance by Chris Botti on the Ventura College Green.

David Krakauer

Monday, May 4, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
David Krakauer’s Acoustic Klezmer Project

Klezmer music is the traditional celebration music played at weddings for Jewish communities of Eastern Europe. David's Acoustic Klezmer Project updates this timeless party music with a sense of freedon and playfulness that has given rise to a diverse repertoire, including the influence of jazz, funk and hip hop. A night of fun at Temple Beth Torah.

Alexander Ghindin

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Alexander Ghindin

By the age of thirteen, Alexander Ghindin became laureate of the Moscow Young Pianists Competition. He was also the youngest prize winner of the 10th International Tchaikovsky Competition and more recently winner of the prestigious Cleveland Piano Competition. Mr.Ghindin brings a wonderful combination of passion and technique to a program comprised of Russian composers.

Rising Stars Sophie Wingland and Jordan Urbach

Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Rising Stars: Sophie Wingland and Jordan Urbach

Soprano Sophie Wingland, a native of Ventura, California, is a recent graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she performed leading roles in A Midsummer Nights Dream (Helena) and Transformation (Anne Sexton).
Sixteen year old concert violinist Jourdan Urback has performed in recital at major concert halls in the United States, including Carnegie Recital Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Jourdan has established his own foundation designed to bring music to children suffering from brain injuries.

Dady Mehta

Friday, May 8, 2009 at 8 p.m.
Mehta2 – A Family Affair

Nuvi Mehta, Artistic Director of the Music Festival and his renowned father, Dady, present an evening of favorite sonatas for violin and piano. Program includes the works of Beethoven, Prokofiev and Bach. Actor Peter Strauss hosts this concert showcasing the talents of a rare father and son pairing, with the gifted father Dady Mehta appearing for the first time at the Ventura Music Festival. Mr. Strauss always adds an entertaining note of color to any performance.

Burning River Brass

Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 8 p.m.
Burning River Brass: Russian Carnival

One of the most respected brass ensembles in the United States, Burning River Brass has been dazzling audiences sine 1996 with "power and virtuosity," "harmonious blend" and "consistently stirring performances" composed of the finest brass and percussion players in the country, Burning River Brass is an ensemble on fire! Returning to Ventura after a sold-out concert in 2004.