Ventura Music Festival returns to Ventura

Photos by Yana Khiyid

On Feb.20, at The Museum of Ventura County Smith Pavilion, the artistic lineup of the 27th Ventura Music Festival was presented by Nuvi Mehta.

A social was held prior to the presentation featuring wine and folks meeting each other after a long absence because of COVID. It was wonderful to see a gathering sans masks.

Live events are beginning to return to a semblance of what we love,” stated VMF Executive Director Susan Scott, “so we’re very excited about the artists and seven concerts planned for this summer, and maybe even more excited about unveiling them for a live audience on the 20th.” She introduced the Festival Board members and Nuvi Mehta.

As to the artist of the 27th Festival, “they’ve been described as a diverse musical feast,” said Scott, from contemporary world-fusion, to “le jazz hot” for the 21st century, to an electrifying saxophone sextet that bends all genres and a jazz phenom possessed of a “miraculous voice.”

All concerts will be presented at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura. Tickets go on sale April, 2022.

Nuvi Mehta(violin) and Bevan Manson (keyboards) entertained at the end of the event with their outstanding musical talent.

The mission of the Ventura Music Festival is to build community through live, world-class music, and create an

environment in which people see and hear themselves reflected in the music. In 1994 the Festival was created creating “an artistically focused music festival in the City’s historic downtown core.” It was called the Chamber Music Festival with Burns Taft as the first artistic director a position now held by Mehta.

Go to for more information and to purchase tickets in April.


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