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Imagine Concert on March 1 at the Ojai Valley School featuring the UCSB Middle East Music Ensemble
Music Van brings instruments to Ojai Valley school students
The Ojai Music Festival’s BRAVO program works year round to bring the gift of music to Ojai school children through the Ojai Unified School District, residents of senior centers in the Ojai Valley, and the community during the Ojai Festival in June.

To celebrate Music in the Schools month in March, the BRAVO program will feature two of their signature programs for both students and the community starting with the Imagine concert on Friday, March 1 at the Ojai Valley School.
Thanks to a special grant from the Ojai Valley School-Barbara Barnard Smith Fund of the Ventura County Community Foundation, the Imagine concert will present the UC-Santa Barbara Middle East Ensemble in two school performances at the Greenberg Center on the OVS campus. Fourth, fifth and six  graders will enjoy world music with a program that will emphasize Middle Eastern music and dance.  The community will be welcomed to enjoy the ensemble at a free concert from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. This event is open to the general public with no reservations required. Seats will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Imagine concert is made possible by the Ojai Valley School –Barbara Barnard Smith Fund, a Designated Endowment Fund of the Ventura County Community Foundation.  Created by OVS 1935 alumna and University of Hawaii professor emeritus of ethnomusicology, Barbara B. Smith, this endowment provides enduring support for Ojai Valley School’s continued activities in world musics.  Along with related arts, it is intended to engender a broad perspective and appreciation of the music of the world’s peoples.  This occurs primarily through live performances of traditional musics of major non-Western cultural regions; and, when possible and suitable, of the ancestral cultural heritages of the peoples of the community of Ojai and of the school’s students.  Thanks to Professor Smith, these funds annually open the doors to an engaging multicultural experience for students, teachers, parents and the community, truly a world view of music.  Ojai Valley School is indebted to Professor Smith for her foresight and generosity.
For two weeks in March, BRAVO’s Music Van will set out to demonstrate the instruments of the orchestra to elementary students. This year, 50 volunteers will visit 10 public and private schools with a selection of instruments that more than 400 fourth and fifth graders are invited to try out. Coordinated by Ojai longtime resident and 2018 Ojai Treasure Lynne Doherty has spearheaded the Music Van for more than 25 years, “The look of delight on a kid who makes a mighty racket on the trombone or coaxes a sweet note from the violin is wonderful to see,” she said. “Music instruction in the schools has suffered from years of budget cuts to the arts, and we are continuing to fill that gap.”
For more information on the Ojai Music Festival’s BRAVO programs visit OjaiFestival.org or call 805 646 2094.