An Ojai moment

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Mr. Denk, just before the premiere of his new opera “The Classical Style” on Friday.

photo: Tim Mangan

Review: Thursday: Ojai Music Festival

Review: Adventurous night at the Ojai Music Festival. Orange County Register, June 13, 2014.

Thursday night’s concert in Ojai

68th Ojai Music Festival - Libbey Bowl - June 12, 2014

You can watch Thursday night’s concert in Ojai, with Jeremy Denk and Uri Caine, here.

Photo: Timothy Norris

Ojai Music Festival to offer live video streaming

Ojai Music Festival 2011 Day 4 - 5:30 Concert Featuring Australi

The 68th annual Ojai Music Festival, which runs Thursday through Sunday, is offering live video streaming of its concerts and talks. Pianist and writer Jeremy Denk is the music director this year and there are a number of events worth catching, including a new opera, “The Classical Style,” with a libretto by Denk and music by Steven Stucky. The world premiere is at 8 p.m. (PDT) on Friday.

See full schedule here.

The video production of the concerts promises five cameras and “concert-quality” sound, though that, of course, will depend on the computer or whatever other device you’re listening on. The concerts and talks will also be archived. (An interview with Jeremy Denk, which took place this afternoon, already appears to be there.) It’s all free, too.

Just go to the festival’s main page to get started streaming. It’s simple. Look for me at the concerts. Leave comments here on your impressions of the concerts and video streaming.

photo: Tim Norris

 

 

Philharmonic Society names new artistic director

Philharmonic Society names new artistic director. Orange County Register, June 3, 2014.

Pacific Symphony explores the Holocaust through ‘Carmina Burana’

Review: Pacific Symphony explores the Holocaust. Orange County Register, June 6, 2014.

A talk with Jeremy Denk on the eve of Ojai

The Ojai Music Festival. Courtesy of the Ojai Music Festival.

Interview: Ojai Music Festival thinks Denk. Los Angeles Register, June 6, 2014.

Photo: Courtesy of Ojai Music Festival

Frühbeck de Burgos retires

I was sorry to hear this. Tanglewood has sent a press release that the great Spanish conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos has retired for good.

It says:

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos has resigned his position as Chief Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and has signaled an immediate end to his conducting career. The 80-year-old Spaniard, who has been beset with health problems in recent months wrote “After meeting with my doctors I have come to the following conclusion: I have to recognize publicly that I have cancer and that in this state of health and with deep sorrow I am not able to conduct at my standards and the moment to quit professional matters has come.”

More here.

Prokofiev: ‘Montagues and Capulets’

From “Romeo and Juliet,” of course. One of my favorites. Yuri Temirkanov conducts the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Denk on Bach

Was Bach inspired by the physical play of hands on the keyboard in composing the “Goldberg Variations”? As they say on Facebook, watch this amazing video. What Denk does next will blow your mind.

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