Amid preparations for this year’s Ojai Music Festival, celebrated choreographer Mark Morris was recently announced as the selected Music Director for the 2013 weekend of music making and festivities. The four-day festival will take place from June 6 through 9, 2013, and feature collaborations with the Mark Morris Dance Group, The Bad Plus, Emanuel Ax, Yoko Nozaki and The American String Quartet.
The 67th festival will continue its tradition of artistic creativity with an array of concerts, special events, films and talks. Morris, the first dancer and choreographer to become Music Director, will highlight American artistic colleagues and music by Lou Harrison, Henry Cowell, John Cage, Charles Ives and John Luther Adams, among others.
Festival highlights include a two-part dance performance from the Mark Morris Dance Group, an evening of social dancing led by Morris, a two piano recital by Emanuel Ax and Yoko Nozaki and a performance of an original rendition of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring by The Bad Plus.
Morris has performed with the dance companies of Lar Lubovitch, Hannah Kahn, Laura Dean, Eliot Feld and the Koleda Balkan Dance Ensemble. He has created works for the San Francisco Ballet, produced operas for The Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera, and he formed the Mark Morris Dance Group in 1980. Morris is the recipient of numerous recognitions of his artistic contributions, including a MacArthur Fellowship and the esteemed Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society.
The Ojai North! Festival will also be returning in 2013, where Ojai artists and programs visit the University of California, Berkeley campus from June 11-13. Ojai North! is part of an in-residency project to bring Ojai Music Festival programming to a broader audience.
The Ojai Music Festival has brought creative artists and engaged audiences to the Ojai Valley for four days of exceptional music each year since 1947. This year’s Ojai Music Festival, led by Musical Director Leif Ove Andsnes, will take place from June 7-10 and showcase performances by the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Christianne Stotijn, Reinbert De Leeuw and Martin Fröst.
For more information about the festival or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 805/646-2053 or visit www.ojaifestival.org.