When the high brow meets the low brow

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Not that I consider myself especially lowbrow, but I’ve always felt more comfortable on a bar stool than in a theater seat–especially given my tax bracket. However, lately I’m thinking less about rock and roll and more about classical music. Though Kyuss will likely always remain a source of great pleasure for me, I find myself turning to Tchaikovsky and Mozart instead. It started in the car and now it’s bled into my Rdio. I think what I like most about it is the space it provides me to reflect and imagine. “Popular” music wants to tell me something, it has an agenda, and in a world that seems to be  demanding more and more of my attention, I don’t always want to hear it. The purity of classical music is like salve for the abrasions of modern life.

It just so happens that Ventura County has a new orchestra, The Pacific Shores Philharmonic, which will debut its outdoor summer series at the recently restored  Libbey Bowl in Ojai. This all sounds so appealing to the old lady in me. I haven’t seen a live orchestral performance in decades, and I think it’s one for my bucket list to be sure. If only we could get a few of the musicians to perform some sweet classical in a bar… that would be heaven.

The Philharmonic’s chorale will be performing with guest Vahagni Turgutyan this weekend for $25. Hmmmm….

IN VENTURA
Friday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Community Presbyterian Church, 1555 Poli St., Ventura

IN OXNARD
Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday April 29 at 4:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 850 Ivywood Drive, Oxnard

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