A Rising Stars Concert on May 12, 8pm–offered free of charge to the community–will feature outstanding young classical, choral and jazz musicians, including the Ventura College Singers.

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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Come to the 2nd annual VMF Cabaret
Thursday, April 20, 6pm
Four Points by Sheraton Ballroom

Featuring legendary soul singer Billy Valentine
Honoring Doug Halter & E.J. Harrison & Sons
Benefiting the VMF Young Artists Fund

More information  |  Tickets and Sponsorships


Enjoy two weekends of great classical, jazz and genre-defying music performed by world-class artists, led this year by Michael Feinstein, Ambassador-in-Chief of the Great American Songbook, in the beautiful beach town of Ventura. Tickets go on sale April 3. Call (805) 648-3146.

Click here for the preview program (PDF)

Meet the Artists

This year’s nine-concert festival theme is “An American Season”
featuring great classical, jazz and genre-defying music performed
by world-class artists. Concerts are held at the intimate 400-seat
Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Road
in Ventura, unless noted otherwise.

John Jorgenson

John Jorgenson by Alan Messer

J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band)
“American roots music at its finest”
Thursday, July 13 at 7:30pm

The Festival opens under the stars at the historic Olivas Adobe with incomparable songwriting and harmony vocals by “the best string players in the world” as “guitarist’s guitarist” John Jorgenson is joined by fellow music legends Herb Pedersen, Mark Fain and Patrick Sauber.

Roger Kellaway

Roger Kellaway by Jorjana Kellaway

Roger Kellaway
“A giant of jazz piano”
Friday, July 14 at 8pm

This master pianist, who’s worked with Ellington, Yo-Yo Ma and Joni Mitchell, is a protean composer and his Festival program includes an adaptation of the landmark multimedia portrait of democracy, Visions of America, featuring jazz singer-violinist Calabria Foti.

Anderson & Roe

Anderson & Roe

Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
“The most dynamic piano duo of this generation”
Saturday, July 15 at 8pm

Last year’s Festival sensation returns with another transcendental program featuring Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein, Paul Schoenfield’s “Boogie” and several surprises!

Nuvi Mehta

Nuvi Mehta by Linda Peterson

Nuvi Mehta & Friends
“An evening of great American classical music”
Sunday, July 16 at 7pm

VMF’s Artistic Director gathers his virtuosi friends for a memorable classical program of Barber, Copland and Ojai-based composer John Biggs who will celebrate his 85th birthday at the Festival.

Perla Batalla & Leonard Cohen

Perla with Leonard Cohen by Nancy Santullo

Perla Batalla
“In tribute to her great friend
Leonard Cohen”
Friday, July 21 at 8pm

This extraordinary Grammy©-nominated vocalist brings her singular style to the visionary music of legendary poet, songwriter and artist Leonard Cohen for a memory-making concert honoring one of the greats.

Simply Three

Simply Three

Simply Three
“A fresh genesis for string playing”
Saturday, July 22 at 8pm

This bass/cello/violin trio has reshaped chamber music, genre-hopping from Puccini, Gershwin and original works to Adele, Coldplay and Michael Jackson.

Michael Feinstein

Michael Feinstein by Gilles Toucas

Michael Feinstein
“Stories and Songs from the Great American Songbook”
Sunday, July 23 at 7pm

This Grammy©-nominated singer, pianist and educator has become a PBS star with his Great American Songbook series, dazzling world stages as an unparalleled interpreter of American music from saloon singers and Broadway hits to Berlin, Ellington, Gershwin, Sinatra and more. Called a “national treasure,” Feinstein is an all-star force in American music today.

Festival Brass Quintet

Festival Brass Quintet

Festival Brass Quintet
“Tea & Trumpets”
Fridays, July 14 & 21 3pm
at Pierpont Inn

Enjoy the legendary inn’s splendid four-course English tea with the quintet’s hallmark wit, humor and fanfare.


Ventura Music Festival Cabaret

Join us at Four Points by Sheraton for the legendary soul singer Billy Valentine, in a benefit for the VMF Young Artists Fund, 6 to 9:30 pm.
Purchase tickets now.

Fire and Grace @ the Museum of Ventura County

Virtuoso violin meets Celtic guitar as this international duo performs stunning classical, contemporary and folk arrangements at a free 4 pm children’s concert and an evening of champagne, dessert and music from 8 to 10 pm benefiting VMF and Museum youth programs.
Tickets are $100 per person.

MAY 12
Rising Stars Concert

Experience outstanding young choral, classical and jazz performers at this free concert at First United Methodist Church from 8 to 9:30 pm.

Mehta at the Museum

Join spellbinding raconteur and VMF Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta in a conversation about “The Story of American Classical Music from Gershwin to Today” at the Museum of Ventura County from 3 to 4 pm. Free.

JULY 13-16 & 21-23
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 April 3. Call 805-648-3146.

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

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Freddie & Al Contarino

Sandra & Jordan Laby

Miriam Wille

Hammer-Hewson Associates

Celine Gillibrand for P.W. Gillibrand Co.

Barbara Meister

Montecito Bank & Trust

Schwab Charitable Fund

805 Living

Gloisten Family Charitable Foundation

City of Ventura

Pierpont Racquet Club

Ventura Beach Marriott

Dr. Peter Cannon

Harrison Industries

Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home & Cremation Service

Limoneira Limco Del Mar


Aera Energy LLC

Arianna Ashkar, Brett Ashkar, John Ashkar & Family

Community Memorial Health Systems

Janet & Mark Goldenson

Dr. Richard & Lori Reisman

Pacific Western Bank

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*as of July 1, 2016


Janet & Mark Goldenson
Janet & Mark Goldenson

Don Gloisten
Don Gloisten