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Ventura Music Festival – Ventura CA

Music Connects

Welcome to Music Connects:

the digital festival that created a memorable music video soundtrack of the Pandemic

MC53The New Year’s Edition

Anderson & Roe Duo

Antonio Vivaldi, “I feel within a rain of tears”

Susan Scott, Executive Director

Dear Friends,

I admit to feeling stymied over what to choose for a New Year’s edition of Music Connects.   While 2021 finally saw a return to live music in July – HURRAH –  it wasn’t without restrictions, and with new uncertainties it remains challenging to know what to realistically hope for and plan.   It was in looking back at the launch of Music Connects – literally to MC-1 – that I found the selection I was looking for to commemorate/celebrate whatever we choose to in the year ending and/or the one to come.   It’s a gorgeous, rain-filled encore performance of a beautiful Vivaldi aria arranged by the piano duo we love most: Anderson & Roe.

It was April 2020, early in the Pandemic, when in her video message Elizabeth Joy Roe told us why she and Greg Anderson chose this Vivaldi aria to launch Music Connects.  She described “I feel within a rain of tears” as melancholic, and also incredibly beautiful and soothing and said the duo  interpreted Vivaldi’s tears as raindrops and that we’ll hear and see rain throughout their arrangement.  For me, gorgeous music & video + RAIN already qualified this selection uniquely for the New Year’s spot. And while it’s not early days any more Covid remains concerning, so melancholy, balm and soothing all seem to fit the moment as well.

However, the qualifier that took this selection over the top
for me is what has happened to Elizabeth Joy Roe between MC-1 in 2020 and MC-53
today.   And that would be baby girl Amara, born four
months ago.  Liz is a mother; it’s her
first.  She’s in baby heaven and knowing
that makes me happy.   I know some of you
are smiling too.

Learning Liz’s baby news while pondering both exiting and
incoming years reminded me of useful things I know I know, like: Things change.
  Joy is possible, even during a pandemic.  Gorgeous music is always sustaining. 

Happy, Happy New Year to each of you.  It isn’t a festival without our supporters.   Here’s to health, live music and other good things in 2022  and If you don’t get what you want . . . . . I hope you get what you need.



MC52- The Christmas Edition

Executive Director, Susan Scott

12-10-21

MC51- The Hanukkah Edition, le flashmob des Prodiges

Executive Director, Susan Scott

12-3-21

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MC50- Your “Saturday-after-Thanksgiving” concert byGuitar Greats Muriel Anderson & Tommy Emmanuel

Executive Director, Susan Scott

11-25-21

MC49- Bobby “Boris” PickettHalloween Edition: Monster Mash

Curated by Executive Director, Susan Scott

10-31-21

MC48- Aretha Franklin – Soul Divas

Curated by Executive Director, Susan Scott

05-07-21

MC47- Patsy Cline – Country Divas

Curated by Executive Director, Susan Scott

04-30-21

MC46- Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan – Jazz Divas

Curated by Executive Director, Susan Scott

04-23-21

MC45- Beyoncé – Pop Divas

Curated by Executive Director, Susan Scott

04-17-21

MC44- Maria Callas – Opera Divas

Curated by Executive Director, Susan Scott

04-10-21

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MC43- Cantus

Curated by Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta

04-03-21

MC42 – Roby Lakatos and the Roby Lakatos Ensemble Curated by Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta

03-26-21

MC41 – Jenö Lisztes of the Roby Lakatos Ensemble Curated by Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta

03-19-21

MC40 – Chris Botti Curated by Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta

03-12-21

MC39 – Eldar Djangirov “A Night in Tunisia” Curated by Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta

03-5-21

MC38: Corey Cerovsek & Paavali Jumppanen

02-26-21

MC37: Joshua Bell

02-19-21

MC36: Ana Vidovic

02-12-21

MC35: Celebrating 2020

12-11-20

MC34: Rastrelli Cello Quartet

12-4-20

MC33: Alfredo Rolondo Ortiz

11-27-20

MC32: Moanin’ Frogs

11-20-20

MC31: David Krakauer & Kathleen Tagg

11-13-20

MC30: Take 3

11-06-20

MC29: Composer John Biggs

10-30-2020

MC28: Trio Celeste

10-23-2020

MC27: m-pact

10-16-2020

MC26: Gershwin Preludes Special Edition

10-9-2020

MC25: Mark & Maggie O’Connor

10-2-2020

MC24: Billy Valentine

09-26-2020

MC23: The Manhattan Transfer

09-18-2020

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MC22: NICO New Ideas Chamber Orchestra

09-11-2020

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MC21: Nicole Cabell “Kid in the Park”

09-4-2020

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MC20: Gordon Goodwin’s Little Phat Band

08-28-2020

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MC19: Pepe Romero

08-21-2020

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MC18: Bejun Mehta

08-14-2020

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MC17: Django AllStars & Red Dido

08-07-2020

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MC16: Loren & David Laue

07-31-2020

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MC15: Time For Three

07-24-2020

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MC14: Sean Chen

07-17-2020

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MC13: Ilya Serov

07-10-2020

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MC12: Patricia Lathrop-McPherson

07-03-2020

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MC11: John Jorgenson & J2B2

06-26-2020

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MC10: Take 6

06-19-2020

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MC9: Sharon Marie Cline

06-12-2020

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MC8: Featuring Rachel Flowers

06-05-2020

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MC7: Featuring Twanguero

05-29-2020

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MC6: Featuring Rising Star Peter Glass

05-22-2020

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MC5: Featuring Aubrey Logan

05-15-2020

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MC4: Featuring Nuvi Mehta and Bryan Verhoye

05-08-2020

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MC3: Featuring ADAAWE

05-01-2020

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MC2: Featuring Perla Batalla

04-24-2020

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MC1: Featuring Anderson & Roe Piano Duo

04-17-2020

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