Upshaw named music director for Ojai Festival

Posted on: May 6, 2010

Tuesday (5/4) on the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster, Karen Wada writes, “Soprano Dawn Upshaw has been named music director of the 2011 Ojai Music Festival. A star of the opera and concert stage, she is the latest in a long line of guest artists who have been invited to help create programming for the four-day summer fest. Upshaw, who will be making her fourth appearance in Ojai, will work with artistic director Thomas W. Morris and collaborators such as violinist and composer Richard Tognetti, leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, jazz composer and big band leader Maria Schneider and theater and opera director Peter Sellars. Among next summer’s offerings will be a Schneider work for Upshaw and the Australian Chamber Orchestra and a new production by Sellars with Upshaw as soloist. … For most of its 64 years, the Ojai Music Festival has invited a guest music director to help create a summer program with an emphasis on contemporary music. British composer and conductor George Benjamin is the music director for this year’s festival, which will run June 10 to 13. Past music directors have included John Adams, Aaron Copland, Kent Nagano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Igor Stravinsky and Mitsuko Uchida.”

Posted May 6, 2010