Despite clouds, local festivals have sunny outcome

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Photo by David Bazemore

Vijay Iyer, Wadada Leo Smith perform during the 2017 Ojai Music Festival.

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Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar

Two attendees sample wine in the VIP tent at the 2017 Ojai Wine Festival Sunday.

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
Skies might have been overcast and gray for most of the weekend, but the June Gloom was not enough to put a damper on two of the Ojai Valley's most popular annual events. Officials with the Ojai Music Festival (OMF) and the Ojai Wine Festival said attendance and enjoyment appeared to run high at their events.
“It was wonderful,” OMF President Jamie Bennett said June 12. “I'm over the moon. We had a great, enthusiastic audience this year.” The rainless overcast, he added, was in fact perfect for the open-air venue of Libbey Bowl. Mild and pleasant, he said, the weekend weather might actually have encouraged many of this year's late ticket sales.
Under the direction of jazz/classical composer Vijay Iyer, this year's program marked the festival's 71st season. Selections ranged from J.S. Bach to Luciano Berio, while highlights included the world premiere of Iyer's “Violin Concerto” as well as a presentation of Stravinsky's “Sacre du Printemps,” conducted by composer Steven Schick.
And though a more exact attendance count won't be ready for several more weeks, Bennett said, several of the performances nearly sold out, and this season's turnout looked to hold steady with those of recent years. “We are very happy with the sizes of all audiences this year,” he said.

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