Nothing can match the thrill of seeing a concert in person, not even watching it on high-definition Blu-ray or listening to it on a high-definition parrot. Get out of your cage with this GrouponLive deal to see a classical concert during the Ojai Music Festival held at the Libbey Bowl outdoor amphitheater. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get two lawn tickets to the Friday Evening Concert on June 8 at 8 p.m. (up to a $30 value).
- For $35, you get one ticket for seating inside the bowl in section A (highlighted in yellow) for the Thursday Evening Concert on June 7 at 8 p.m. (up to a $70 value).
For the 66th year in a row, classical-music fans flock to the hills of Ventura County for the Ojai Music Festival at Libbey Bowl. During that time composers and artists, including Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Copland, have showcased unorthodox pieces to audiences in the bucolic park, which rests among the orange and olive groves that cover the outlying valleys. This year, Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes acts as musical director for the festival that features a roster of acclaimed international artists.
On Thursday night, pianist Marc-André Hamelin and percussionist Steven Schick perform John Luther Adams’ Red Arc/Blue Veil. This piece from 2001 explores a musical universe with “unfettered freedom," according to program notes from annotator Christopher Hailey. Later in the evening Hamelin’s fingers dance over ivory during Charles Ives’ Concord sonata, which he dedicated to spiritual freethinkers who inspired him including Emerson and Thoreau.
Friday evening’s music is meant to “de-familiarize the familiar and jolt us into rethinking what we thought we knew,” according to Hailey. For String Quartet no. 2, Intimate Letters, Leoš Janáček sought inspiration from the 700 letters he wrote to a married woman who was 40 years his junior. Next, Reinbert de Leeuw along with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra plays his 2003 song cycle Im wunderschönen Monat Mai, which reimagines songs by Schubert and Schumann. Soprano Lucy Shelton acts out the music during the performance, which inspires the kind of intense contemplation usually reserved for staring at DVD options on a Redbox.