Join us for a special collaboration with the Ventura Music Festival, featuring their spellbinding artistic director Nuvi Mehta, 3-4 p.m., June 4, at the Museum Pavilion, where he will spin music and stories about the people and events leading up to what is recognized today as authentically American Classical Music.
Included in the story: the starts and the misfires, the impact of European composers, the importance of Jazz, the landmark contribution of Gershwin, the distinctly American imagery and music of Aaron Copland followed shortly after by the glorious work of Samuel Barber.
The program also focuses on American classical music today when Ojai's John Biggs joins the conversation. Biggs, a fiercely independent, well loved composer, has written numerous emotionally rich classical pieces over the course of his long career.
Come early and enjoy free admission for Free First Sunday and celebrate the Summer Solstice and the new exhibit, "Secret Paintings," by Michael Pearce.
While Mehta at the Museum is an admission-free event, reservations are requested. RSVP at http://www.venturamusicfestival.org/register.php.
Free, but reservations are highly encouraged at http://www.venturamusicfestival.org/register.php