Ventura Music Festival – Ventura CA

Virtually yours

Past ‘Virtually yours’ performances

Among the many great Baroque composers, Bach was the star – “the father of Western classical music.” Don’t miss Nuvi Mehta’s take on this astonishing era of soaring cathedrals, art & music.

Enjoy stories, fabulous guest artists and more from pianist-singer Feinstein, the hugely talented “keeper” of the Great American Songbook. As to his subject, “Irving Berlin is American music.”

The sensational Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe open with Stravinsky, pause in the middle for “It’s a wonderful world,” and end with an exuberant tribute to West Side Story. Then they have a conversation with Nuvi Mehta and it’s included too! You’ll love it.

The maestro’s instrument, for which he composed
more than for any other, was, of course, the piano, and the thirty-two
monumental sonatas he wrote for that instrument may be the largest part of the
giant legacy he left us.  Pianist Adam Golka, a protégé of Alfred Brendel,
first decided to perform the entire Beethoven cycle (eleven concerts’ worth of
music) when he was just 18 years old.  Ten years later, he began a
reexamination of these famous works, and has now video recorded the entire
cycle, including his own interviews with specialists from a variety of fields,
musical and otherwise, who have relationships with this music.  
Golka calls the giant project, 32@32, and we are pleased to present
several of his performances together with his short films.

We began Sunday afternoon, November 15th with a
gentle work, one of Beethoven’s most celebrated compositions, his famous
‘Pathétique’ sonata – Opus 13 in c minor.  Inspired by Mozart and Bach,
the Pathétique stunned the public, as it still does today, with its
originality, power and tragedy.  We followed with Beethoven’s 10 minute
long, G major sonata, Opus 79. 

On November 22nd, Golka’s second appearance was in
Beethoven’s great Opus 57: The ‘Appassionata’ Sonata.  One of his most
technically challenging pieces, the Appassionata was
Beethoven’s favorite (and most tempestuous) until he wrote the Hammerklavier
in 1818. 

We paired this giant work with his Opus 14, No. 2 in G
major.  A friendly genial work, but filled with tongue in cheek cross
rhythms, it requires a bravura technique, nonetheless.

All “Golka sonatas” are licensed and no longer available for viewing. To learn more about The Beethoven Birthday series released via our weekly Music Connects.

Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta examines George Gershwin’s life through the prism of what was happening in the country during the 1920’s and 30’s – from the Roaring 20’s to the Great Depression and the New Deal. Jazz and the Blues and Big Dance Bands are IN.   Great musicians abound –  Armstrong,  Basie, Ellington, Paul Whiteman, the Dorsey’s, Fred and Ginger and so many others.  It’s an extraordinary time and  Gershwin’s classical, jazz and  pop contributions loom large from Rhapsody in Blue through Porgy & Bess and all the great songs in between. Recording available.