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Ventura, CA, United States, 2009/02/11 - Celebrating its 15th year, the Ventura Music Festival has been awarded a $50,000 grant by the Irvine Foundation under its Creative Connections Fund for its 2009 and 2010 seasons.
The Ventura Music Festival, celebrating its 15th year, has been awarded a $50,000 grant by the Irvine Foundation under its Creative Connections Fund for its 2009 and 2010 seasons.
“The purpose of the two-year grant is to increase the diversity of our growing festival through performances, events, and education outreach that will appeal to a more diverse population,” said Cheryl Heitmann, executive director of the Ventura Music Festival. “The grant also will allow us to explore new options, such as adding additional crossover concerts during the year.”
In the past several years, the Ventura Music Festival has succeeded in bringing a variety of musicians from international stardom to perform at local venues, including Latin-Jazz legend Arturo Sandoval, Mexican tenor David Lomeli, and nine-time GRAMMY winner Paquito D’Rivera, multi-talented musician and composer Branford Marsalis, guitarist Manuel Barrueco, and conga master Poncho Sanchez.
In May 2009, the Ventura Music Festival will welcome The Romero Family. Known to millions as the “Royal Family of the Guitar,” this dazzling ensemble was founded by Celedonio Romero with his sons, Celin, Pepe and Angel in 1957. Today, Celino Romero, Celin Romero, Lito Romero, and Pepe Romero are The Romero Family. The ensemble will perform in Ventura for the 15th Ventura Music Festival on May 2, 2009.
“Collectively, The Romero Family is the only classical guitar quartet of real stature in the world today; in fact they virtually invented the format,” says The New York Times.
Heitmann said an advisory committee of Latino leaders is currently being assembled to advise on best practices in reaching the community.