Watch: Peter Sellars and Friends from The Greene Space

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Monday, May 09, 2016

om left to right: Dan Lippel, Julia Bullock, Peter Sellars, and Leila Adu From left to right: Dan Lippel, Julia Bullock, Peter Sellars, and Leila Adu (Credits: Constellation, Christian Steiner, Ruth Walz, and Leon Dale)

Groundbreaking opera director Peter Sellars joined host Helga Davis in The Greene Space at WQXR on Friday, May 13 at 7 pm for a evening of conversation and performances by select musicians from the 2016 Ojai Music Festival in California, where Sellars is serving as music director.

Sellars has gained international renown for his transformative interpretations of artistic masterpieces and for collaborative projects with an extraordinary range of creative artists, including John Adams (Nixon in ChinaThe Death of Klinghoffer), Kaija Saariaho, and choreographer Mark Morris. The director shared stories from a prodigious, colorful and unique career as a driving force in the creation of new music and bringing 20th- and 21st-century operas to the stage.

Performers included New Zealand-born singer-songerwriter Leila Adu, who has composed for So Percussion and Gamelan Padhang; International Contemporary Ensemble guitarist Dan Lippel; and the rising soprano and recent Juilliard graduate Julia Bullock.

Watch a videostream of the show on demand:

From its founding in 1947, the Ojai Music Festival has created a place for unique musical experiences, bringing together innovative artists and curious audiences in an intimate, idyllic setting 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The four-day festival is a complete immersive experience with concerts, free community events, symposia and gatherings. Mr. Sellars will serve as music director for the 70th edition of this new-music mecca. 

Program:

Leila Adu, singer and pianist
Leila Adu: Selected Songs

Dan Lippel, guitarist (International Contemporary Ensemble)
Steve Reich: Electric Counterpoint

Julia Bullock, soprano
Poetry by Claudia Rankin
Video excerpt from Henry Purcell: The Indian Queen

Hosted by:

Helga Davis

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