16th Concert Season: Romanze!

Sharon Isbin

Friday, April 30, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Sharon Isbin

Acclaimed classical guitarist Sharon Isbin is hailed as "the pre-eminent guitarist of our time." Her lyrical and versatile style has won dozens of accolades, including a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance for her performance with Joan Baez and Mark O'Connor on their Journey to the New World CD. Isbin has performed in many of the world's most famous concert halls, including a November 2009 concert at the White House for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

Itzhak Perlman

Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Itzhak Perlman

The world's reining violin virtuoso, Perlman has spent the past five decades thrilling concertgoers around the world with his limitless talent, exuberant style and flawless technique. Born in Tel Aviv, this Israeli-American violin master's musical repertoire covers most every genre and his collaborations crisscross the world's diverse musical boundaries. He is a four-time Emmy Award winner and has been honored with 15 Grammy awards.

Herbie Hancock

Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 2 p.m.
Herbie Hancock

Popluar American jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock performs on the Ventura College green, Sunday, May 2. Mr. Hancock penned pivotal jazz classics such as "Watermelon Man" and "Chameleon". Hancock's early work with Miles Davis redefined jazz, and his recording "Head Hunters" was the largest selling jazz album in history. Herbie's list of awards included the 2008 "Album of the Year" Grammy for "River: The Joni Letters". Likewise his "River of Possibilities Tour" has played to excellent reviews. Bring a folding chair and picnic basket and enjoy a perfect afternoon of jazz in an idyllic setting.

Calefax Reed Quintet

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
Calefax Reed Quintet

Forget what you know about traditional reed quintets,Calefax is totally unique! Well known for exhilarating performances and innovative programming, they've been called "a classical ensemble with a pop mentality". These five talented musicians arrange, recompose and interpret music from eight centuries to suit their unique constellation;from early music to clasical and jazz to world premieres; in the hands of Calefax it all sounds fresh and new. The Quintet often performs standing, and you'll be on your feet too after the performance by this lively reed quintet from the Netherlands.

Thousand Oaks Philharmonic Orchestra

Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
Thousand Oaks Philharmonic with Rising Stars soloists

Our Rising Stars keep rising higher and higher; this season they perform with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic Orchestra. Appearing this year will be soloists chosen through an arduous audition program. Among the many talented "Rising Stars" of the evening will be Rachel Flowers, a promising young flutist/pianist and finalist in our 2010 "Student Jazz Competition". Also performing are pianists, Michael Aspinwall, David Fraley, Charles Su, Alicia Zhong and cellist Matthew Chen. If you have attended a "Rising Stars" concert, you know how exciting a performanc by these young artists can be. If not, get your tickets now to see the future of classical music!

Escher String Quartet

Friday, May 7, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Escher String Quartet

Returning to Ventura for a 2010 performance, this exciting young quartet is known for inspired individual sound and remarkable cohesiveness. The name is taken from the popular and innovative Dutch visual artist M.C. Escher. Just as Escher's work speaks in exquisite patterns, The Escher String Quartet weaves sound with harmony and interplay, "painting" a beautiful musical whole. "Though they've only been playing together for two years, these performers have achieved the most unified sound that I've ever heard from a string quartet. It's a cool, emotionally restrained sound that impresses through its sheer precision and clarity." —San Francisco Classical Voice

Yeol Eum Son

Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Yeol Eum Son

Yeol Eum Son, Silver Medalist of the 2009 Van Cliburn Piano Competition, performs for our second Saturday concert. Born in South Korea, Son began studying piano at the age of three and a half. At twelve, she started working with pianist Kim Dae-jin and at sixteen, entered the Korean National University of the Arts to continue her piano studies. Both charming and hugely talented, Ms. Son promises to be a delightful conclusion to the 2010 Ventura Music Festival season.