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
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.
Meet the Artists
This year’s nine-concert festival theme is “An American Season”
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.
“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 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 & 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.
“In tribute to her great friend
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.
“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.
“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
“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.
2017 VMF EVENTS CALENDAR
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.
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.