This summer we celebrate Julia Child's centenary by combining food and music. Our Loggia concerts highlight the pleasures of French Impressionism.
Remember the magic of Midnight in Paris and dream of your options! Take in the music, create an al fresco picnic worthy of Manet or select an elegant three course pre-concert Julia-inspired dinner at The Huntington Tea Room.
Jeff von der Schmidt, Artistic Director
July 14 – August 26, 2012
The 2012 Southwest Chamber Music Summer Festival at The Huntington celebrates the centennial of The French Chef, Julia Child, who was born in Pasadena on August 15, 1912, and graduated from Westridge School and Polytechnic High School.
Julia Child grew up on Madison Avenue in Pasadena, eventually becoming an iconic celebrity chef long before such a term was even possible. She changed the way America viewed food and wine, raising our cultural awareness in inspiring ways. Southwest Chamber Music wants all of Pasadena and southern California to claim her as a proud native daughter during her centennial year!
We think you’ll agree that a great way to celebrate Julia, combining food and music, is with our Loggia concerts, highlighting the pleasures of French Impressionism. Remember the magic of Midnight in Paris and dream of your options. Take in the music, create an al fresco picnic worthy of Manet (why not one of Julia’s recipes?) or select an elegant three course pre-concert dinner at The Huntington Tea Room.
Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15
Claude Debussy Danse sacrée et profane
André Jolivet Chant du Linos
Maurice Ravel Introduction and Allegro
Claude Debussy String Quartet
Our summer honoring Julia Child begins with masterpieces of La belle époque - the siren songs of the harp-infused dances by Debussy to the elegance of Ravel’s Introduction & Allegro. Jolivet’s neo-classicism is a tour-de force for flute, harp and strings, and the concert ends with the Symbolist visions of Debussy’s String Quartet.
Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29
Claude Debussy Suite bergamasque
Darius Milhaud La création du monde
Maurice Ravel Chansons madécasses
César Franck Quintet for Piano & Strings
Welcome to a true Midnight in Paris concert, so take a trip along the Seine! Debussy evokes the absinthe world of poet Paul Verlaine with his impressionist Suite bergamasque. Milhaud’s raucous La création du monde is heard here in the composer’s piano quintet version, its faux jazz intoxicated with strings. The steamy eroticism of Ravel’s Chansons madécasses is followed by the French romantic passion of César Franck’s Quintet.
Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12
Claude Debussy Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp
Pham Minh Thành Ascending Dragon
Vân Ánh Vanessa Võ Water Puppet Songs
Maurice Ravel String Quartet
The haze of Asia lingers over the imagination of Debussy and Ravel. This concert brings their Parisian dream world of the East into direct contact with the fortunately past colonial world of Indochine. Played seductively by its leading interpreter Vân Ánh Vanessa Võ, the sound of the Vietnamese dan bau will echo over the Huntington Loggia and Lawn as Southwest continues its deep musical ties to Vietnam.
Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26
Maurice Ravel Ma mère l’oye for Piano Four Hands
Claude Debussy Petite Suite for Piano Four Hands
Manuel de Falla Siete canciones populares españolas
Darius Milhaud Le boeuf sur le toit for Piano Four Hands
Louiguy-Piaf La vie en rose (song medley)
The final summer concert starts with the charming masterpiece Ma mère l’oye (Mother Goose) coupled with the pastoral French boating music of Debussy. De Falla’s fiery Siete canciones populares españolas finds the ideal interpreter in soprano Suzanna Guzmán. After intermission the surrealist world explodes in Milhaud’s Le boeuf sur le toit, followed by a medley of Edith Piaf songs which wrap up our tribute to our French Chef from Pasadena, Julia Child.
Presenter / Producer: Southwest Chamber Music
Music > Chamber Music
Event Phone: 626-405-2100
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino CA 91108
North Hollywood / Burbank / Glendale
Performance Dates: 7/14/2012 - 8/26/2012
Save 10% over single ticket prices - purchase tickets to all four programs.
Four Saturday Progams - $162
Four Sunday Progams - $162
Four Saturday Progams - $100
Four Sunday Progams - $100
Loggia Seating - $45
Lawn Admission - $28
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