Monday, February 04, 2013

Ojai 2013

Mark Morris announced the composers to be included in this year's Ojai Music Festival some time ago, but the festival program has now been posted in full. (I don't recall getting a press release, don't know what's up with that. Funny, the list of composers looks almost as though it came from American Mavericks except that it's the other John Adams:
  • Henry Cowell
  • Lou Harrison
  • Carl Ruggles
  • Charles Ives
  • Ruth Crawford Seeger
  • John Luther Adams
  • Samuel Barber
  • Igor Stravinsky
This four-day festival has some songs by Ruth Crawford Seeger, but I gotta say, as a composer list it's a retread. Can we have Andsnes back? He had a nice pile of unfamiliar works, albeit none of them by women.

2 comments:

Michael Strickland said...

Actually, the programming looks beyond fabulous. The composers may be "retreads" but the works certainly aren't. Cowell and Harrison are being hugely represented with works that rarely/never get a live hearing, and the John Luther Adams outdoor works are a rare treat. I hope to see it both in Ojai and up here in Berkeley.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Glad you like it. Certainly it's material I would love to hear during the regular season of a larger organization.