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Backstage with the Buzz: Ojai Festival. The Magic Happens

Mitsuko Uchida performs each Festival evening in works By Schoenberg and Mozart.

The Magic Happens.

The Ojai Festival is both rustic and sophisticated.

Ojai has always been a spiritual retreat so close to Los Angeles that it seems a part of it.
The setting is rustic and the music is the most sophisticated and challenging you can find anywhere in the world. Everything happening is a highlight.
Perfect for our readers.

I know both Mitsuko Uchida and Ara Guzelimian and their creativity is unrivaled.
Again a fabulous year.

Here is their announcement for this year…2024 Music Director Mitsuko Uchida and Festival Artistic and Executive Director Ara Guzelimian announce the 78th Ojai Music Festival – June 6 to June 9, 2024.

Festival Executive Director Ara Guzelimian

The 2024 Festival welcomes Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Brentano String Quartet, violinist Alexi Kenney, cellist Jay Campbell, harpist Julie Smith Phillips and introduces soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon, percussionist Sae Hashimoto, accordionist Ljubinka Kulisic and bassist Rick Stotijn to Ojai audiences.

Works By Kaija Saariaho are woven throughout the Festival, including Dreaming Chaconne, Fall, Six Japanese Gardens, and Lichtbogen, conducted by Saariaho’s daughter Aliisa Neige Barrière.

Highlights include music of John Adams, Bartók, Biber, Cage, Debussy, Sofia Gubaidulina, Kurtág, Helmut Lachenmann, Missy Mazzoli, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Stravinsky, Jörg Widmann, and John Zorn.

In collaboration with Baryshnikov Arts, Shifting Ground features violinist Alexi Kenney and video projections by Xuan, juxtaposing Baroque works by Bach and Matteis, with recent music by Kaija Saariaho, Angélica Negrón, Paul Wiancko, and Salina Fisher.

The Festival features music from both the First and Second Viennese Schools, from Haydn and Mozart to Berg, Webern, and multiple works by Arnold Schoenberg in honor of the 150th Anniversary of his birth.

For the complete schedule go to or call 805 646 2053.

To quote Mitsuko Uchida, Music Director:

“The consistent thread in this year’s Festival is the sense of discovery. As a musician, you discover something different, something new every day. That is the meaning of life. We are all so glad to be on this voyage of discovery with you in Ojai.”


Photograph of courtesy of Susie Goodman.

I have been attending the Ojai Festival since the 1980s and gave the party for their Forty and Fabulous birthday. The next year I was on their board.
I love the Ojai Festival.

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Sheila Tepper
Sheila Tepper
Backstage with the Buzz is written by Sheila Tepper, Producer Cultural Programming. Sheila has lived in the Larchmont area for fifty years, among her passions have been passing legislation for children with disabilities and interviewing outstanding artists appearing in the Los Angeles area.

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