2013 Summer Festival at The Huntington: Mozart & More
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The last date listed for 2013 Summer Festival at The Huntington was Sunday August 25, 2013 / 7:30pm.
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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A warm summer night, sitting on lawn chairs, enjoying a picnic, and listening to Stravinsky and Mozart in beautiful surroundings. Wonderful! (We were not enchanted with the Winnie the Pooh segment, but all the rest made up for it.)
Running time is approximately two hours.
Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11 at 7:30pm
Richard Wagner: _Album leaf for Betty Schott
_Max Reger: Quintet for Clarinet & Strings, Op. 146
Johannes Brahms: Trio for Violin, Horn & Piano, Op. 40
A true Wagnerian rarity opens this concert. Composed soon after finishing his monumental Ring Cycle, Wagner took a few moments to compose this “thank you” note for solo piano to his publisher, Betty Schott. Music worthy of a rich German dessert wine, the Clarinet Quintet of Reger, is his last and most beloved piece of chamber music, an outpouring of melodic warmth rarely equaled that will feature Southwest’s extraordinary clarinetist Jim Foschia. To top off this interesting concert, another member of the wind family creates a new sound with the heroic Horn Trio of Johannes Brahms.
Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25 at 7:30pm
Benjamin Britten: Eight Folk Song Arrangements and A Birthday Hansel
Hans Werner Henze: L’autunno for Wind Quintet
Leoš Janácek: Mladi for Wind Sextet
Our final concert is an evening of music by three of the greatest opera composers of the 20th century: Benjamin Britten, Hans Werner Henze and Leoš Janácek. The centennial of Benjamin Britten is celebrated with two wonderful harp and voice works with tenor Daniel Chaney and harpist Alison Bjorkedal. Henze’s L’autunno is an Italianate opera for winds featuring a cornucopia of instruments joining the traditional wind quintet, including piccolo, alto flute, oboe d’amore, bass clarinet, contrabassoon and even a Wagner tuba. The summer concludes with the wise remembrances of childhood from Czech master Leoš Janácek.
• Grounds open at 5:30pm for dinner and picnicking patrons and at 6:30pm for concert patrons.
• Only a limited area of the grounds adjacent to the Loggia are open.
• Lawn Admission ticket holders must provide their own blanket or lawn chair for seating.
• Picnicking is allowed only in the lawn area adjacent to Loggia.
• Water is the only beverage available for purchase at the event.
• The Huntington Art Gallery is open at 6:30pm and at intermission.
• Lawn Admission is on the east side of the Loggia, with restricted view of the performers.
• Programs and artists are subject to change.
About the Ticket Supplier: Southwest Chamber MusicTwo-time Grammy Award winner Southwest Chamber Music, founded in 1987, is one of the most active chamber music ensembles in the United States, presenting concert series at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, Herbert Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles and a celebrated summer festival at The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. The ensemble also offers Blendings: Music and Wine, one of the few regularly scheduled open rehearsal series in the nation at the Armory Center for the Arts in Old Pasadena. The ensemble provides weekly music education programs in the Los Angeles and Pasadena Unified School Districts through Project Muse in-school concerts and a Mentorship Program. Southwest Chamber Music takes its name from the Southwest Museum, the oldest cultural institution in Southern California.
The ensemble has received two consecutive Grammy Awards from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003 and 2004 for Volume I and Volume II of the complete Chamber Works of Carlos Chávez. Southwest Chamber Music's Composer Portrait Series on Cambria Master Recordings received a 2002 ASCAP-Chamber Music America Award for a "landmark set of 12 compact discs featuring American music of our time."