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Ojai Music Fest's Lineup: Frank Zappa, Stravinsky, & More

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Evening concert at Ojai Festival's Libbey Bowl | Photo by Axel Koester
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Attention classical music fans. The Ojai Music Festival today announced exciting programming highlights for next year June, all picked by composer/conductor and the this year's music director, George Benjamin.

“Ojai’s tradition of inviting a different music director for each season guarantees variety and vitality across festivals," said Artistic Director Thomas W. Morris. "What this means for the 2010 Ojai Music Festival is music-making of the highest order; programming that enchants and challenges; and an encounter with one of the most intellectual and infectiously curious musical minds of our age, George Benjamin.”

For those into progressive new music, this year's program is extremely exciting, especially with Ensemble Modern's West Coast debut. The three-day event will include music by Frank Zappa, Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez, Oliver Messiaen and Ligeti. Also, one night will feature an Indian raga ensemble and the music of Henry Purcell, the 17th century Baroque composer whose music influenced Pete Townshend of The Who and the band, Queen.