VMF YOUNG ARTISTS

VMF’s Music in the Schools program serves upwards of 4,000 elementary school children in both school and after-school settings, including Casa Pacifica and Boys & Girls Clubs. Its sponsors: Aera Energy LLC and Harmony Music Center.

VMF welcomes sponsors of its Young Artists Fund and other youth education and engagement programs. To donate,or for further information, please call Executive Director Susan Scott at 805-648-3146 or email her.

The VMF Young Artists Fund underwrites the performances and often the professional debuts of outstanding young musicians who have emerged from local, regional and national competitions in diverse Festival and pre-Festival programs. Many VMF Young Artists have gone on to forge promising careers in concert halls that span the globe. The VMF Young Artists Fund also offers free or heavily discounted tickets to young artists for all Festival concerts.

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An American Season

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR
VMF’s Blockbuster “American Season”
July 13-16 & 21-23

Two weekends of superb classical, jazz and genre-defying music performed by world-class artists and ranging from Bluegrass to Michael Feinstein and the Great American Songbook. In addition to Feinstein, featured performers include the dazzling piano duo Anderson & Roe, jazz legend Roger Kellaway, Perla Batalla’s memory-making tribute to her friend Leonard Cohen, and more. All in the beautiful beach town of Ventura.

Save 10% if you purchase 5 or more concerts
(not including Tea & Trumpets performances)

Concerts are held at the intimate 400-seat Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Road in Ventura, unless noted otherwise.
For more information call (805) 648-3146.
$10 or $15 tickets are available for youth under 18 at all concerts.

Season 23 Performances

Click on each photo for a performance sample and program notes

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band)
Roots Music at its finest
Thursday, July 13 at 7:30pm
Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura
Roger Kellaway Roger Kellaway
“Giant” jazz pianist & composer
Friday, July 14 at 8pm
Anderson & Roe Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
“exuberant, volatile, thrilling”
Saturday, July 15 at 8pm
Nuvi Mehta & Friends Nuvi Mehta & Friends
Stunning American Classical
Sunday, July 16 at 7pm
Perla Batalla & Leonard Cohen Perla Batalla
Memory-making tribute to her mentor, Leonard Cohen
Friday, July 21 at 8pm
Simply Three Simply Three
Exhilarating classical-pop: 500 million YouTube subscribers
Saturday, July 22 at 8pm
Michael Feinstein Michael Feinstein
Great American Songbook from
it’s preeminent performer

Sunday, July 23 at 7pm
Oxnard PAC, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard
Festival Brass Quintet Festival Brass Quintet
Joyful sounds and a four-course tea!
Fridays, July 14 & 21 3pm
Pierpont Inn, 550 Sanjon Road, Ventura
An American Season

2017 VMF EVENTS CALENDAR

Tickets are on sale online or by calling 805-648-3146.
The free concerts are ticketless events open to the public.

JUNE 25
An American Songbook Sampling
Temple Beth Torah, $25 - 4 pm

Soprano Patricia Lathrop-McPherson and baritone Steven Z. Perren perform songbook selections to benefit the Young Artists Fund and whet the appetite for the Festival’s BIG Michael Feinstein concert on July 23rd.

JULY 11
Ventura County Concert Band

Ms. Julie Judd conducts this forty-member adult ensemble in the Main Street Mini Park between Oak and Palm Streets in downtown Ventura.
6 to 7 pm. Free.

JULY 13-16 & 21-23
Season 23 Ventura Music Festival

Enjoy two weekends of great classical, jazz and genre-defying music performed by world-class artists in the beautiful beach town of Ventura. Tickets on sale now. Call 805-648-3146.

JULY 20
VMF Student Jazz Competition Winners at Squashed Grapes

Thursday of Festival Week 2 features winners of the 11th VMF Student Jazz Competition playing with jazz quartet Coda at Squashed Grapes, a small jazz club in mid-town Ventura (2351 E Main St). Coda leads off at 7 pm with the students performing during the second set about 8:15 pm.

Media contact: Ventura Music Festival Executive Director Susan Scott,
or call 805-648-3146.

Patricia Lathrop-McPherson and Steven Z. Perren

An American Songbook Sampling

Sunday, June 25, 4 pm
$25
Temple Beth Torah

Soprano Patricia Lathrop-McPherson and baritone Steven Z. Perren perform songbook selections to benefit the Young Artists Fund and whet the appetite for the Festival’s BIG Michael Feinstein concert on July 23rd.

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WE SALUTE OUR
2017 FESTIVAL SPONSORS

HEADLINER
Anonymous

IMPRESARIO
Julia Campbell & Ben Namba
Freddie & Al Contarino
Janet & Mark Goldenson
Hammer-Hewson Associates
and Shirley & Steve Simms
Jordan Laby
Barbara Meister

PLATINUM SPONSORS
Dr. Peter Cannon
City of Ventura
Celine Gillibrand for P.W. Gillibrand Co.
Montecito Bank & Trust
Schwab Charitable Fund
Smith-Hobson Fund
Miriam Wille

GOLD SPONSORS
Gloisten Family Charitable Foundation
Pierpont Racquet Club

SILVER SPONSORS
E.J. Harrison & Sons
Joseph P. Reardon Funeral
Home & Cremation Service

Limoneira & Limco Del Mar
Rabobank

BRONZE SPONSORS
Aera Energy LLC
(for Music in the Schools)
Arianna Ashkar, Brett Ashkar,
John Ashkar & Family

Community Memorial Health System
Halter-Encinas Enterprises
Julius Gius Memorial Rotary Foundation (for Music in the Schools)
Dr. Richard & Lori Reisman
The Arts Collaborative