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"Besides being a great
musician, Denk is simply
one of the most brilliant
writers I know."
The New Yorker
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"A show stealer!" The New York Times
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"One of the wonders of
contemporary music"
Los Angeles Times
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"A satire of classical pomp." Jeremy Denk

Schedule of Events:

Thu, June 19, 8 pm
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Hertz Hall
Brooklyn Rider
The Knights
Robert Spano, conductor

HAYDN
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 74, No.3, "Rider"


STUCKY/DENK
The Classical Style (Bay Area premiere)


Based on Charles Rosen's iconic music history book of the same name, The Classical Style is "a love letter to Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven, and a satire of classical pomp."

Enjoy a champagne toast with the cast immediately following the performance!

The Classical Style is co-commissioned by the Ojai Music Festival, Cal Performances in Berkeley, Carnegie Hall, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. The Ojai Festival premiere is supported through a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Fri, June 20, 6:30–7:30 pm
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Free Talk
Outside of Hertz Hall

The Creative Team of The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts)
Jeremy Denk, Steven Stucky, and Mary Birnbaum, moderated by Matías Tarnopolsky

Fri, June 20, 8 pm
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Hertz Hall
Brooklyn Rider
The Knights
Robert Spano, conductor

HAYDN
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 74, No.3, "Rider"


STUCKY/DENK
The Classical Style (Bay Area premiere)


Based on Charles Rosen's iconic music history book of the same name, The Classical Style is "a love letter to Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven, and a satire of classical pomp."

The Mercury News raves that The Classical Style is a "big-time charmer!" Read the review >>

The Classical Style is co-commissioned by the Ojai Music Festival, Cal Performances in Berkeley, Carnegie Hall, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. The Ojai Festival premiere is supported through a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Fri, June 20, 10 pm
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Faculty Club
Late Night with Storm Large

Storm Large has a voice that goes from velvety purr to mighty Valkyrie in a single phrase. Her blend of rock, jazz, and theater has made her a favorite of audiences looking for a new cabaret experience. In her Cal Performances debut, Large delivers American Songbook classics, Broadway tear-jerkers, and rock anthems with fierce commitment.

Complimentary desserts and cash bar available at this event.

Sat, June 21, 11 am
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Hertz Hall
Jeremy Denk, piano
Uri Caine Ensemble

JANÁČEK
On An Overgrown Path interwoven with short works by Schubert


URI CAINE
Mahler Re-Imagined. The music of Gustav Mahler viewed through Uri Caine's lens of transformation and improvisation (piano, bass, drums, clarinet, trumpet, violin, DJ).



Sat, June 21, 1–2 pm (concert at 3 pm)
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Outside of Hertz Hall

Curating Tradition and Innovation
Ojai North artistic director and pianist, Jeremy Denk talks with musical collaborators Uri Caine and Timo Andres in a conversation moderated by Matías Tarnopolsky

Sat, June 21, 3 pm
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Hertz Hall
The Knights
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Timo Andres, piano
Storm Large, vocalist

IVES
Three Places in New England (1930 version)


MOZART/ANDRES
"Coronation" Concerto Re-Composition


FELDMAN
Madame Press Died Last Week at 90


STOCKHAUSEN
(arr. Caroline Shaw)
Tierkreis—Leo 4


WEILL
Seven Deadly Sins

Sat, June 21, 6:30–7:30 pm
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Ojai North Program Reflections: Our Community Response
Hertz Hall

A panel discussion with responses from leading artistic thinkers and creators in our community in response to the Ojai North programs curated by Jeremy Denk that we have heard together.

Audience members are invited to share their own insights and to ask their own questions in dialogue with the panel: Lynne Morrow, Music Director of the Pacific Mozart Ensemble, Oakland Symphony Chorus and the Voice and Opera/Music Theatre programs at Sonoma State University; Award-winning Composer, Jimmy Lopez; and Musicologist Bill Quillen of the UC Berkeley Department of Music; moderated by Rob Bailis, Associate Director of Cal Performances.

Sat, June 21, 8 pm
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Hertz Hall
Jeremy Denk, piano
The Knights
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Ojai Festival Singers
Kevin Fox, conductor


LIGETI
Piano Études Books I & II


IVES
Psalm 90


BEETHOVEN
Fantasia in C minor for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra, Op.80, "Choral Fantasy"

Jeremy Denk

One of America's most thought-provoking, multi-faceted, and compelling artists, pianist Jeremy Denk is the winner of a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America's 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year award.

He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and London, and regularly gives recitals in New York, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, and throughout the United States. Next season, he starts his three-year tenure as Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and makes debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.

Denk is also known for his witty and personal writing; his blog, Think Denk, is widely read and enjoyed both within and outside the industry, and he has written pieces for the New Yorker, the New York Times Review of Books, Newsweek, the New Republic, and the website of NPR Music.

One of his New Yorker contributions, "Every Good Boy Does Fine," will be the basis of a book he is writing for publication by Random House in a couple of years' time. He will be Music Director of the 2014 Ojai Music Festival, where as well as performing and curating he is composing the libretto for a semi-satirical opera.

His debut recording for Nonesuch Records presented music by Ligeti and Beethoven and was included on many "Best of 2012" lists, including those of the New Yorker, Washington Post and NPR Music; his second recording for Nonesuch, Bach's Goldberg Variations, reached number one on Billboard's "Classical Albums" chart and was named one of the "Best of 2013" by the New Yorker and the New York Times.

Overview

Video: 3 Minutes with Jeremy Denk, Music Director of Ojai North Musical Festival Ojai North Music Festival: An Overview [PDF] Ojai North Music Festival: An Overview [PDF]

Ojai North Music Festival
Jeremy Denk,
music director


From the keen artistic mind of pianist, writer, and 2013 MacArthur Fellow, Jeremy Denk comes a festival of new and re-contextualized works in a far-reaching and inventive set of programs. For the Berkeley installment of the 2014 Ojai Music Festival, Denk curates concerts that dissolve the boundaries between old music and new, art and folk music, with an eclectic range of virtuoso performers, innovative composers, and master interpreters who are relentlessly re-inventing their musical traditions.

The festival centerpiece will be the Bay Area premiere of a new comic opera, The Classical Style by Steven Stucky to a libretto by Jeremy Denk, and conducted by Robert Spano. Based on Charles Rosen's iconic music history book of the same name, Denk describes the work as "a love letter to Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven, and a satire of classical pomp."

Explore how musical stories unfold through text and sound, from an evening of music by Weill, Mozart, Stockhausen, and Feldman; to pianist Uri Cain's Mahler Reimagined . Other festival performers include the Brooklyn-based orchestral collective The Knights, and of course Denk himself, performing his acclaimed interpretations of Ligeti, Janáček, and Beethoven.

Free Events

Fri, June 20, 6:30–7:30 pm
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Outside of Hertz Hall

The Creative Team of The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts)
Jeremy Denk, Steven Stucky, and Mary Birnbaum, moderated by Matías Tarnopolsky

Sat, June 21, 1–2 pm (concert at 3 pm)
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Outside of Hertz Hall

Curating Tradition and Innovation
Ojai North artistic director and pianist, Jeremy Denk talks with musical collaborators Uri Caine and Timo Andres in a conversation moderated by Matías Tarnopolsky

Sat, June 21, 6:30–7:30 pm
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Ojai North Program Reflections: Our Community Response
Hertz Hall

A panel discussion with responses from leading artistic thinkers and creators in our community in response to the Ojai North programs curated by Jeremy Denk that we have heard together.

Audience members are invited to share their own insights and to ask their own questions in dialogue with the panel: Lynne Morrow, Music Director of the Pacific Mozart Ensemble, Oakland Symphony Chorus and the Voice and Opera/Music Theatre programs at Sonoma State University; Award-winning Composer, Jimmy Lopez; and Musicologist Bill Quillen of the UC Berkeley Department of Music; moderated by Rob Bailis, Associate Director of Cal Performances.

Multimedia

Three minutes with Jeremy Denk, Music Director of Ojai North Music Festival



2014 Artists

Timo Andres

Timo Andres (b. 1985, Palo Alto, CA) is a composer and pianist who grew up in rural Connecticut and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. His début album, Shy and Mighty, to critical acclaim. Alex Ross wrote in The New Yorker that Shy and Mighty "achieves an unhurried grandeur that has rarely been felt in American music since John Adams came on the scene."

Uri Caine, piano/composer

Uri Caine was born in Philadelphia and began studying piano with Bernard Peiffer. He played in bands led by Mickey Roker, Odean Pope, Jymmie Merritt, Bootsie Barnes, and Grover Washington. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and studied music composition with George Rochberg and George Crumb. His most recent CD is a jazz trio, Siren, with John Hebert on bass and Ben Perowsky on drums.

Jeremy Denk, 2014 Music Director

One of America's most thought-provoking, and multi-faceted artists, pianist Jeremy Denk is the winner of a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America's 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year award. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and London, and regularly gives recitals in throughout the United States.

Aubrey Allicock, bass-baritone

With a distinctively rich and sizable sound, Aubrey Allicock continues to make his mark among important opera companies and symphonies both at home and abroad. Allicock's future engagements include a Metropolitan Opera and HD broadcast debut as Mamoud in The Death of Klinghoffer in the 2014-15 season; a Seattle Opera debut in the title role of Le nozze di Figaro and his Komische Oper Berlin debut as Escamillo in Carmen in 2015.

Dominic Armstrong, tenor

Recently hailed as a "clarion-voiced tenor" by the New York Times, Dominic Armstrong is a young tenor who has quickly established himself internationally as an artist of deep emotion and heartfelt musicality. Proof of this came in his recent, unexpected and well-received debut with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Alan Gilbert, in the rarely heard Spring Symphony of Benjamin Britten.

Mary Birnbaum, director

Mary Birnbaum is a New York City-based stage director of theater and opera. Most recent credits include a chamber version of Eugene Onegin at Juilliard, Stephen Wadsworth's Ring Cycle at Seattle Opera (associate director), and a new opera, Biennale, at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. With an interest in dramaturgy, she specializes in new music/plays and has created productions for Juilliard, the Melbourne Opera Studio, American Opera Projects, and others.

Brooklyn Rider, string quartet

Hailed as "the future of chamber music" (Strings), Brooklyn Rider offers eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that continue to attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with "recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble."

Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano

Rachel Calloway's recognition continues at a very high level as a leading proponent and interpreter of contemporary music and the avant-garde. She has focused her career on works by living composers who champion their celebrated mentors.

Kevin Fox, conductor

Kevin Fox, Founding Artistic Director of the Grammy-winning Pacific Boychoir Academy (PBA), is one of America's few full-time boys choir directors. Starting in 1998 with six choristers, Fox now runs the music program for over 170 students in PBA's after-school program and day school, the only full-time choir school on the West Coast, where students' daily music studies are integrated into a full academic curriculum.

Jennifer Frautschi, violin

Two-time GRAMMY nominee and Avery Fisher career grant recipient Jennifer Frautschi has gained acclaim as an adventurous musician with a wide-ranging repertoire. Equally at home in the classic repertoire as well as twentieth and twenty-first century works, in recent seasons she has focused on such composers as Berg, Schoenberg, Prokofiev and Schumann, and premiered several new works composed for her.

Hudson Shad

Though Hudson Shad debuted officially in 1992, their nucleus formed in 1977 when three of them made their Carnegie Hall debuts as soloists in Penderecki's Magnificat. Throughout the late '70s and '80s, their members were in demand as early music specialists, oratorio soloists and opera singers, and most of them sang at one time or another as Gentlemen of the Choir at St. Thomas Church in NYC.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Hailed by the New York Times as "an interpretive dynamo," conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen has built a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and collaborative programming projects. As co-founder and music director of adventurous orchestra The Knights and a founding member of genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider, he may take credit for helping to ensure "the future of classical music in America" (Los Angeles Times).

Keith Jameson, tenor

Keith Jameson recently appeared as Bardolfo in Robert Carsen's new production of Falstaff at the Metropolitan Opera, conducted by James Levine, and seen as part of the "Live from The Met in HD" series for movie theaters around the world. He also sang the Novice in Britten's Billy Budd at the Metropolitan Opera, and Osman in Handel's Almira with NYC's Opera.

Kim Josephson, baritone

Hailed as one of opera's most versatile baritones, Kim Josephson is a regular guest of leading opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera where, since 1991, he has performed more than 230 performances of 24 roles including the title role in Rigoletto, Germont in La Traviata, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Belcore in L'Elisir d'Amore to name a few.

The Knights, orchestral collective

The Knights are an orchestral collective, flexible in size and repertory, dedicated to transforming the concert experience. Driven by an open-minded spirit of camaraderie and exploration, they engage listeners and defy boundaries with programs that encompass their roots in the classical tradition and passion for musical discovery. For their outstanding virtuosity, innovative programs, and bold mission, The Knights are at the forefront of "the future of classical music in America" (Los Angeles Times).

Storm Large, musician, actor, playwright, author

Storm Large shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova. She made her debut as guest vocalist with the band Pink Martini in April 2011, singing four sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She continues to perform with the band, touring nationally and internationally.

Ashraf Sewailam, bass-baritone

The New York Times hailed Egypt native Ashraf Sewailam's debut at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall as a "stand out performance." Sewailam's recent concert appearances include a Carnegie Hall debut as the Bass soloist in Rutter's Mass of the Children, Mahler's Symphony No. 8 with The Colorado Mahlerfest, and the Bass soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Phoenix Symphony.

Peabody Southwell, mezzo-soprano

Peabody Southwell was lauded by Opera Magazine UK for her "stylistic mastery and ripe, sensual sound." Her recent performances include the Third Lady in The Magic Flute with Los Angeles Opera, the title role in Handel's Agrippina with Opera Omaha, and Stravinsky's Pulcinella with Miami's New World Symphony.

Robert Spano, conductor

Robert Spano is one of the most imaginative conductors of his generation. As music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, he has expanded its repertoire and elevated the ensemble to new levels of international prominence. As music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, he oversees the programming of more than 300 events and educational programs for 630 students, including Aspen's American Academy of Conducting.

Jennifer Zetlan, soprano

Soprano Jennifer Zetlan is swiftly garnering recognition for her artistry and captivating stage presence. She has debuted on the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Santa Fe Opera and Florida Grand Opera. On the concert stage she has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra and others.

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