Julia Bullock, Davóne Tines Headline Ojai Music Festivals’ 2022 Slate

By David Salazar

Ojai Music Festival has announced its initial programming for the 2022 season.

The festival, which is set for June 9-12, 2022, will feature a full staging of Messiaen’s song cycle “Harawi” with soprano Julia Bullock and pianist Conor Hanick. Zack Winokur will direct the production, which will feature staging by Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber; Smith and Schraiber will also perform as dancers in the production.

There will also be performances of “Broken Theater,” staged by Bobbi Jene Smith, as well as “Family Dinner,” a series of mini-concertos by Matthew Aucoin, both of which will feature the entire American Modern Opera Company ensemble. “Family Dinner” will also star Davóne Tines, Miranda Cuckson, Emi Ferguson, and Keir GoGwilt.

“We are exhilarated to gather this week in Ojai for our long-awaited return to an in-person Festival with John Adams as Music Director and the central presence of a new generation of composers whom John has invited,” said Music Director AMOC and Artistic & Executive Director Ara Guzelimian in a press statement. “This is such a fitting beginning to our 75th Anniversary celebrations. And we even get to meet two brilliant artists this September — violinist Miranda Cuckson and flutist Emi Ferguson — who are members of AMOC, the creative collective who serve as Music Director of the next Ojai Festival in June 2022. I am so delighted to be collaborating with the endlessly imaginative artists of AMOC as the culmination of our 75th anniversary celebrations. They represent a fearless discipline- and genre-crossing leap into a new generation of artistic work. Several of the AMOC artists — Julia Bullock, Davóne Tines, and Jay Campbell — are already well known to Ojai audiences, so there are elements of both reunion and discovery in this remarkable company of 17 artists. We are in for a great adventure.”