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Ojai North! Leif Ove Andsnes, music director, June 11-14, 2012


Immerse yourself in a unique convergence of exceptional artists, stimulating and diverse repertoire, and community with engaged fellow music lovers in our second collaboration with the legendary Ojai Music Festival, an annual celebration of music that matters.

Seven performances showcase the brilliance and creativity of an acclaimed group of artists, gathered together by music director Leif Ove Andsnes, "a pianist of magisterial elegance, power and insight" (New York Times).

Join us for this exciting exploration of adventurous music. Begin with an early summer evening picnic on the expansive lawns of UC Berkeley's beautiful Faculty Glade right outside the concert venue. Then relax and enjoy two performances each night in the superb acoustical setting of Hertz Hall. And the whole celebration kicks off with a free outdoor performance of John Luther Adams's Inuksuit!

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June 11, 5 pm
Free Performance! (no tickets required)
Faculty Glade (outside Hertz Hall)


Ojai North! kicks off in grand style with a special FREE event! Steven Schick, of red fish, blue fish and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, conducts John Luther Adams's expansive spatial work for 9 to 99 percussion and piccolo players, 24 musicians at this performance. The New Yorker's Alex Ross named Inuksuit one of the greatest performances of 2011 and LA Weekly flagged its West Coast premiere at Ojai Music Festival as one of the top five "Classical Music Concerts We're Most Looking Forward to in 2012."

No tickets required for this special outdoor performance! Please note that seats are not provided, so please bring a blanket or camp/beach chairs as needed for seating.

Read the Q&A with percussionist Steven Schick and Cal Performances' Christina Kellogg on Inuksuit

View the Inuksuit User Guide! Put together by Dave Gerhart, one of the percussionists performing the West Coast premiere at the 2012 Ojai Festival, it includes videos, interviews with John Luther Adams, program notes and more.

June 12, 7 pm
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Members of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Six Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva

Piano Quintet

The Rite of Spring
(two piano arrangement)

June 12, 9:30 pm
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Theodore Jansen, actor
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

String Quartet No. 1 (Kreutzer Sonata) (with readings from Tolstoy, arranged for string orchestra and actor)

June 13, 7 pm
Lucy Shelton, speaker
Reinbert de Leeuw, piano
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

String Quartet No. 2 (Intimate Letters)

Im wunderschönen Monat Mai
("In the Merry Month of May")

Wed, June 13, 9:30 pm
Marc-André Hamelin, piano

Concord Sonata

Thu, June 14, 7 pm
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra


Piano Concerto

Four Songs, Op. 2

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 (Waldstein)

Thu, June 14, 9:30 pm
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Játékok (selections)

Danses sacrée et profane

Selections from Cabaret Songs

Holberg Suite

Related Events

Tue, June 12, 6-6:30 pm
Wed, June 13, 6-6:30 pm
Thu, June 14, 6-6:30 pm
Pre-performance talks by Cal Performances Director Matías Tarnopolsky and Leif Ove Andsnes. Sightlines talks are free to event ticket holders of that evening's performances only.

Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]


Leif Ove Andsnes on 2012 Ojai North! at Cal Performances
The 2012 Music Director for Ojai North!, Leif Ove Andsnes, talks about some of the artists and works that make up this year's festival including conductor/composer Reinbert de Leeuw, actress/singer Lucy Shelton and pianist Marc-André Hamelin. Ojai North!, a partnership between Ojai Music Festival and Cal Performances, runs June 11–14, 2012, on the campus of UC Berkeley

Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin rehearsing Stravinsky's "Rite of Sping"

John Luther Adams and Steve Schick in Canada rehearsing Inuksuit

Picnic in the Glade

BYOB (bring your own blanket—or chairs!) and join us before the concerts to enjoy an early summer evening picnic on the lovely Faculty Glade lawns outside of Hertz Hall. Pack your own picnic fare (or have purchased an elegant box dinner to pick up outside the hall).

The Faculty Glade is a classic picnic spot: a beautiful expansive lawn perfect for laying down a blanket or setting up a few beach chairs. Unfortunately, there are no picnic tables available, so please plan ahead to bring your own picnic gear, including blankets and/or chairs. (There will be a spot available in Hertz Hall to leave it while you watch the concert.)

A few notes about the pre-ordered dinners:

  • Dinner tickets had to have been purchased in advance of the noon, June 11th deadline. Dinners will not be available for purchase the nights of the shows.
  • Pre-ordered dinners are available for pickup beginning at 5:45 pm in the front lobby of Hertz Hall. And if you choose to wait until after the first concert to pick up your dinner, that is fine as well.
  • Beverages are not included (but will be available for purchase).
  • Dinner tickets are not refundable, nor are they exchangeable for other events.

Purchase Tickets

Tue, June 12, 7 pm
Tue, June 12, 9:30 pm
Wed, June 13, 7 pm
Wed, June 13, 9:30 pm
Thu, June 14, 7 pm
Thu, June 14, 9:30 pm

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