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Finding Aid for the Ojai Music Festival Records 1940-
277-M  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Restrictions on Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ojai Music Festival Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1940-
    Collection number: 277-M
    Creator: Ojai Music Festival 1940-
    Extent: 148 boxes.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. University of California, Library Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: The collection consists of materials pertaining to the Ojai Music Festival, founded in 1947. The festival is held annually in Ojai, CA, in Ventura County. Notable conductors and performers have included Pierre Boulez, Aaron Copland, Igor Stravinsky, Michael Tilson Thomas, Dawn Upshaw, the Kronos Quartet and Murray Perahia, among many others. The collection includes programs, artist biographies, press clippings, business records, and recordings. The collection is in the midst of being processed. The finding aid will be updated periodically.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights in the physical objects belong to the UCLA Music Library. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish if the Music Library does not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ojai Music Festival Records, 277-M, University of California, Library Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    The collection was donated by the Ojai Music Festival.

    Biography/History

    Established in 1947 by music aficionado John Bauer, the Ojai Music Festival has fostered a healthy spirit of eclecticism in its adventurous programs, gaining a worldwide reputation for attracting artists who are given artistic freedom as they perform exceptional pieces of classical music.
    That spirit was reinforced in 1954 with the appointment of Lawrence Morton as the Festival Artistic Director. A man of broad musical tastes, Morton was a visionary whose constant curiosity and unwavering integrity shaped the Festival's future direction. Under his leadership, the Ojai Festival developed an enduring concept whereby the artistic director engages a different Festival music director each year around whom that year's Festival is built.
    Among the Festival's diverse music directors have been such renowned musical luminaries as composers John Adams, Ingolf Dahl, Peter Maxwell Davies, Lukas Foss, John Harbison and Oliver Knussen; conductors Kent Nagano, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Esa-Pekka Salonen; and instrumentalists Emanuel Ax and Mitsuko Uchida.
    In its sixth decade, the Festival - under the leadership of Artistic Director Thomas W. Morris - continues this unparalleled musical legacy in which the creativity of the moment and the artists define each year's event.
    The Ojai Music Festival offers educational programs for students attending Ojai Valley public schools, enriching the region's cultural opportunities and promoting classical music to future generations.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of materials pertaining to the Ojai Music Festival, founded in 1947. The festival is held annually in Ojai, CA, in Ventura County. Notable conductors and performers have included Pierre Boulez, Aaron Copland, Igor Stravinsky, Michael Tilson Thomas, Dawn Upshaw, the Kronos Quartet and Murray Perahia, among many others. The collection includes programs, artist biographies, press clippings, business records, and recordings.
    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Festival Recordings and Artist Interviews, 1940s-1980s
    • Series 2. Artist Biographies and Contracts, 1940s-1980s
    • Series 3. Business Papers, 1940s-1990s
    • Series 4. Programs
    • Series 5. Correspondence
    • Series 6. Artists
    • Series 7. Clippings--Individuals--Performers
    • Series 8. Clippings--Individuals--Composers
    • Series 9. Clippings--Individuals--Philanthropists
    • Series 10. Clippings--Groups--Performance ensembles
    • Series 11. Ojai Clippings, 1940s-1980s
    • Series 12. Unprocessed Materials
    • Series 13. Ojai Archives. 1960-1965