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

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. Tickets on sale now.

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(not including Tea & Trumpets performances)

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start with the first concert of interest below.

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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.

Meet the Artists

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band

J2B2 by Mike Melnyk

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. Tickets: $20/$30/$40

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.
Tickets: $30/$40/$50

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! Tickets: $30/$40/$50

Nuvi Mehta & Friends

Nuvi Mehta & Friends

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.
Tickets: $20/$30/$40

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. Tickets: $20/$30/$40

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.
Tickets: $30/$40/$50

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.
Tickets: $30/$45/$60/$65

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. Tickets: $80

An American Season


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

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.
No admission fee, but reservations are requested.

The Great American Songbook

Soprano Patricia Lathrop-McPherson and baritone Steven Perren perform songbook selections in this benefit for the VMF Young Artists Fund. 4 pm. Location & ticket price TBA.

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
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.

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

Concert Headliner Benjamin Krasner

Mehta at the Museum

Sunday, June 4, 3pm
Museum of Ventura County
100 E. Main St., Ventura 93001

Join spellbinding raconteur and VMF Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta as he spins music and stories that tell the tale of American Classical Music from Gershwin to Today.

No admission fee, but reservations are requested.

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2017 Festival Sponsors


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

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

Gloisten Family Charitable Foundation
Pierpont Racquet Club

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

Limoneira & Limco Del Mar

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

Community Memorial Health System
Halter-Encinas Enterprises
Dr. Richard & Lori Reisman