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Ojai Music Festival - Claire Chase, flue and Jennifer Curtis, violin - Kaija Saariaho's " Terrestre: Oiseau dansant"

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Friday June 10 highlights: Kaija Saariaho Chamber Music – “Terrestre: Oiseau dansant” featuring ICE and the extraordinary Claire Chase, who got some other-worldly sounds from her flute. The Mystic Hour – “At Night We Walk in Circles and Are Consumed by Fire” by Carla Kihlstedt was a hauntingly beautiful song cycle exploring the…

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Bowling in Ojai

Ojai Music Festival - Soprano Julia Bullock as Simone Weil in "La Passion de Simone" 6/9/16 Libbey Bowl

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The Ojai Music Festival celebrated it’s 70th anniversary in typical (for them) adventurous style, a showcase of eclectic “new music,” this year interspersed with 2 forays into classical Indian and world/pop Egyptian music. Libbey bowl, nestled among oaks and sycamores, is a delightful venue to take in this challenging and provocative mix curated by 2016’s Music Director Peter…

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Julia and Jane go all swoony

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And they get a bit cross with each other too, fueled by copious amounts of bubbly and other libations, but when French former flame Maurice finally arrives on the scene, all is bliss… for them. As for their duffer husbands? Not so much. Beautiful costumes, set and lighting, plus fine acting…

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Song and dance, good advice and a healthy dose of talent

Forest Finn as Minnie Rose - "Center for Successful Aging's "Senior (musical) Moments" 6/3/156 Marjorie Luke Theatre

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The 4th iteration of the Center for Successful Aging’s yearly big ‘ol show at the Marjorie Luke Theatre was a more intimate and moving affair this time around. Set in a park, there were monologs by the resident homeless woman, inter-generational encounters that taught both sides of the age spectrum something about…

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