Ojai Music Festival

Festival Finale at the Libbey Bowl

Sunday, September 19 at 5:30 P.M. (PT)

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra joins forces with acclaimed musician and MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Rhiannon Giddens, conductor John Adams, and pianist Vikingur Ólaffson for music by Adams, Simon, Mozart, and the world premiere of Gabriela Ortiz’s “La Calaca.”

LACO at Ojai Music Festival is made possible by a generous contribution from Terri + Jerry Kohl.


Carlos Simon

Fate Now Conquers


Piano Concerto in C minor, K. 491

John Adams

Am I in Your Light from Dr Atomic

John Adams

Consuelo's Dream (I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky)

Gabriela Ortiz

La calaca from Altar de muertos (World Premiere)


John Adams


Margaret Batjer


Tereza Stanislav

assistant concertmaster

Sarah Thornblade

acting principal violin II

Jason Issokson

acting associate principal violin II

Andrew Shulman

principal cello

Armen Ksajikian

associate principal cello

David Grossman

principal bass

Samuel Zagnit

acting associate principal bass

Ben Smolen

acting principal flute

Claire Brazeau

Principal Oboe, Allan Vogel Chair, Endowed by the Henry Family

Joshua Ranz

Principal Clarinet

Teag Reaves

Acting Principal Horn

David Washburn

Principal Trumpet

JoAnn Turovsky

Principal Harp

Wade Culbreath

Principal Timpani

Ryan Sweeney

Personnel Manager


Libby Bowl

210 S Signal St, Ojai, CA 93023

Libby Bowl

210 S Signal St, Ojai, CA 93023

September 19, 2021 5:30pmTickets

For seven decades, the Ojai Music Festival has been a laboratory for the special chemistry that results from combining insatiable curiosity with unbounded creativity. The formula is simple: Each year a music director is given the freedom and resources to imagine four days of musical brainstorming. Some have approached their task with caution, fearing that Ojai might be like other places. But, of course, it’s not. More often this unique blend of enchanted setting and an audience voracious in its appetite for challenge and discovery has inspired a distinguished series of conductors, performers, composers to push at boundaries and stretch limits.

The 2021 Ojai Music Festival is a little different this year, the festival will be in September, not June as usual.

Launching the Festival’s 75th Anniversary Celebration

To mark the beginning of its 75th anniversary, the Festival will offer musical activities, in accordance with state guidelines, from June to September, when audiences reunite in Ojai. Musical activities throughout Southern California are being planned, and Ojai will also serve its global community through newly produced online content. Details will be announced in the coming months.

Virtual Offerings

The Festival continues to offer virtual content with its ongoing series of Ojai Talks that have featured 2021 Festival artists and composers, including Gabriela Ortiz, Carlos Simon, violinist Miranda Cuckson, and Timo Andres. Revisit these additional free offerings and “What’s on your Bookshelf” videos with past Festival artists on the website at OjaiFestival.org.

Remote Access to the Ojai Music Festival

The Ojai Music Festival allows the world beyond Ojai’s Libbey Bowl to experience the music and ideas expressed at the Festival through state-of-the art live streaming access during the four-day Festival and later archived at OjaiFestival.org.

Series Passes for 2021 Ojai Music Festival

2021 series subscriptions are available for purchase at OjaiFestival.org. All current 2021 subscriptions will be honored during the September dates.

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