Steven Schick Hosts: Messiaen, Varèse and Boulez at Ojai Music Festival
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Tuesdays in May at 9 pm, celebrated percussionist and conductor Steven Schick, the 2015 music director of California's Ojai Music Festival, highlights selections last year's events. Episode One of the three-week series features mystical selections from Olivier Messiaen, Edgard Varèse and Pierre Boulez.
A champion of contemporary music, Steven Schick has commissioned and/or premiered more than 150 new works over the course of the last 40 years. A former member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Schick is founder of percussion ensemble red fish blue fish and the music director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus. He is also artistic director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.
Join Steven Schick for commentary on featured composers and performers as well as first-hand insights into Ojai itself, which sits in a valley on the edge of California's Los Padres National Forest.
Episode One Program:
Olivier Messiaen: Visions de l'amen (Gloria Cheng and Vicki Ray, pianos)
Edgard Varèse: Density 21.5 (Claire Chase, flute)
Pierre Boulez: Improvisation sur Mallarmé I (red fish blue fish)
The Ojai Music Festival programs are presented as part of a partnership between Q2 Music and Ojai. Audio provided courtesy of the Festival.