Every year, Southern California’s most adventurous and open-minded classical music audiences gather in the idyllic surroundings of Ojai’s Libbey park to experience a unique and intimate music festival. Since 1947, the series has been curated by an individual music director: composers such as Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Copland; performers such as soprano Dawn Upshaw and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. This year, the music director is a soprano and conductor rolled into one: boundary-shattering musical dynamo Barbara Hannigan. KUSC’s Gail Eichenthal got the scoop from longtime Ojai Festival Artistic Director Thomas Morris, who says, the Ojai Music Festival is a powerhouse of new music with an audience that wants to be challenged.

Posted 5/31/2019 8:40:15 AM