Celebrating 19 years of bringing eclectic musical entertainment to Ventura, the Ventura Music Festival ramps up its annual showcase this week, featuring Tea & Trumpets with Festival Brass tonight. Over the next two weeks, the festival will offer an array of musical talent and, if you can’t see them all, we have a few suggestions:


Eldar Djangirov

Friday, May 3, 8 p.m.

Community Presbyterian Church
555 Poli St., Ventura

Eldar Djangirov is one of the great prodigies of this generation. Beginning piano at three in his native Krgystan, he was brought by his parents to Kansas City at 10, principally to be surrounded by the jazz culture. He went on to study at Interlochen, as well as in San Diego and at the Thornton school of music at USC, before moving to New York. He has released seven albums, all of which have garnered critical acclaim and he has received one Grammy Nomination.


Petrit Çeku

Saturday, May 4, 8 p.m.

Community Presbyterian Church

1555 Poli St., Ventura

2012 Gold Medal Winner of the Christopher Parkening International Guitar Competition!
Born in Kosovo in 1985, Petrit Çeku has established himself as one of the leading classical guitarists of the younger generation. Along the way he has won a slew of competitions, including the Andres Segovia Competition, the International Anna Amalia Guitar Competition, the Emilio Pujol Guitar Competition, and the Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition.

Program to include works by Manuel de Falla, William Walton, Manuel Ponce, Giulio Regondi, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.



Saturday, May 11, 8 p.m.
The Majestic Ventura Theater
26 S. Chestnut Street, Ventura

"One of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world."
– San Francisco Chronicle

M-Pact is an a capella jazz-pop sextet who create an entire band using only the harmony of their wonderful voices. Moving through the catalog of the American Songbook, Beatles, Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson, and their own originals, M-Pact will lift your spirits to the sky in the finale of the Ventura Music Festival’s 19th season.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to venturamusicfestival.org. Ticket prices range between $25 and $50.

About the Ventura Music Festival: In 1994, a group of arts advocates, business leaders and local politicians declared that Ventura should claim its rightful place as a regional cultural Mecca. Those ideas gave birth to the Ventura Chamber Music Festival, set in the city’s historic downtown core.

Under the direction of Dr. Burns Taft, the festival proved an immediate success, selling out many events. Concerts featured nationally known singers, instrumentalists, ensembles and chamber orchestras performing in historic, architecturally unique settings in downtown Ventura. Lively pre-concert conversations with the artists also won over crowds.

Today the festival stands as one of the county’s signature events, attracting upwards of 6,000 concertgoers during the end of April and beginning of May.