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Few performances remain for 2014 Ventura Music Festival

7 May 2014 5:47 PM
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Although its rich history and recreational opportunities are typically the benefits most enjoyed by luxury real estate owners, Ventura also boasts an exciting and vibrant culture. For instance, during the month of May, area residents have been able to enjoy a number of entertaining live performances from a myriad of artists and musical groups as part of the 2014 Ventura Music Festival.

This annual event serves to spotlight local groups as well as international acts, and provides music enthusiasts the chance to listen to classic and conceptual tunes. However, only a few more live performances remain as part of this year's festivities. Accordingly, if you desire to attend any of the thrilling concerts that are planned, reserving your admission as soon as possible is encouraged.

Four notable concerts to be held this week
Having begun its 20th anniversary season earlier this year, the organization is looking forward to the remaining four performances, which will be held at a number of different venues throughout Ventura in the coming days.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, the city's most talented young musicians will take to the stage of the First United Methodist Church on East Santa Clara Street during the latest installment of the festival's "Rising Stars" annual concert series. During the event, cellist Matthew Chen, violinist Cameron Daly and pianist David Fraley will present Maurice Ravel's Piano Trio in A minor, and pianist David Gatchel will perform a special rendition of "Cotton Mill Blues" by American composer Frederick Rzewski. An exclusive discussion, led by the festival's artistic director Nuvi Mehta and billed as "What's the Score," will precede the performance, commencing at 6:45 p.m.

The following evening, accomplished Ukrainian pianist Stanislav Khristenko will present a thrilling program featuring compositions by Bela Bartok, Franz Liszt and Frederic Chopin, among others. At 8 p.m. on May 9, the Ventura Missionary Church on High Point Drive will come alive with the familiar sounds of these artists, through the fingers and musical mind of Khristenko, who has received a substantial amount of critical acclaim throughout his career. Since his first solo recital at age 11, he has performed on four continents and been awarded a host of illustrious honors, most recently winning the first prize at the 2013 Cleveland International Piano Competition.

On the afternoon of May 10, the festival's brass quintet Tea & Trumpets will perform entertaining pop music while audience members are served the traditional delicacies of an English tea. Beginning at 3 p.m., visitors to the Poinsettia Pavilion on Foothill Road can enjoy a program of festive songs presented with a sense of humor and degree of fanfare while they sample savory finger sandwiches, scones and pastries. 

Finally, on Saturday evening, the celebrated Preservation Hall Jazz Band will conclude this year's festivities with an engaging performance of their unique brand of Dixieland jazz. Touring in support of their first album of original compositions, this group - which formed in New Orleans in 1961 - has been lauded by the likes of Rolling Stone for its specific sound. The show is slated to begin at 8 p.m. in the Majestic Ventura Theatre.

Those interested in attending one of the upcoming concerts can purchase tickets by calling the Ventura Music Festival's box office at 805-648-3146 during business hours or by buying them online through the official event website.

Festival already seen numerous noteworthy acts perform
While scores of local music enthusiasts are undoubtedly looking forward to these performances, a number of notable acts have already performed within Ventura as part of the 2014 festival. 

Following a performance of Tea & Trumpets on May 2, this year's festivities kicked off with a stunning performance of "A Little Nightmare Music" by the powerhouse duo Igudesman and Joo that night. Accomplished cellist Lynn Harrell graced the stage of Temple Beth Torah the evening of May 3, and Judy Collins performed an intimate concert from within the Ventura High School Theatre on May 4. The following Tuesday saw an invigorating presentation by Cantus - the nation's premier male vocal ensemble.