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July 18, 2012                                                                             Press contact: 626.685.4455

 Summer Festival at The Huntington

continues in August with 

Suzanna Guzmn and Vn nh Vanessa V, guest artists

Southwest Chamber Music 
on The Huntington Loggia.

Los Angeles, CA - Grammy Award-winning Southwest Chamber Music's Summer Festival at The Huntington continues its pairings of French music and French food on Saturdays and Sundays August 11 & 12, and August 25 & 26 at 7:30 p.m.


The August concerts include mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzmn, dan bau virtuoso Vn nh Vanessa V and the Southwest players performing music by Pham Minh Thnh, Falla, Milhaud, Debussy, Ravel, and, to close the festival, a selection of songs made famous by legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf. 


Van Anh
Vanessa Vo

August 11 and 12, flutist Larry Kaplan, violist Luke Maurer, and harpist Alison Bjorkedal perform Debussy's Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp followed by traditional Vietnamese folksongs which V plays on the expres-sive dan bau. V joins the ensemble in Thnh's Ascending Dragon, conducted by Southwest's artistic director, Jeff von der Schmidt. The Southwest string quartet performs Ravel's Quartet in F major to close the program.


Mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzman joins Southwest Summer Season

August 25 and 26, pianists Ming Tsu and Genevieve Lee perform Ravel's Ma mre l'oye for piano four-hands, Debussy's Petite Suite and Milhaud's surrealist ballet score, Le boeuf sr le toit.  Guzmn will perform Falla's Siete canciones populares espaolas and the Piaf songs with Tsu.


Acknowledging famous cookbook author Julia Child's centenary, Southwest and The Huntington are offering a menu of Child-inspired, 3-course dinners, or concert-goers may bring their own picnics on the lawn.  The dinners in The Huntington Tea Room are available only by pre-order on the Southwest website, or (800) 726-7147 when ordering concert tickets. To view the menus, click here.


The full summer season is listed here.  For musicians' bios, click here.  A preview of the program book is linked here .

 Concert Information and Listing   

Summer Festival at The Huntington  


Huntington Dusk 

Concerts take place on the Loggia of The Huntington, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino


Tea Room Dinners by advance reservation only.


Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.


For tickets or information, or 



 Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12

Claude Debussy - 
Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp

Pham Minh Thnh - Ascending Dragon
Vn nh Vanessa V - Traditional Vietnamese Folksongs
Maurice Ravel - String Quartet in F Major

Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26

Maurice Ravel - 
Ma mre l'oye for piano four hands

Claude Debussy - Petite Suite for piano four hands

Manuel de Falla - Siete canciones populares espaolas
Darius Milhaud - Le bœuf 
sr le toit for piano four hands

La vie en rose: The Songs of Edith Piaf (song medley)
Location, Parking and Tickets


All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and take place at the Loggia at The Huntington Library.
No children under 8 years of age will be admitted. Handicapped access is available. A limited portion of the grounds adjacent to the Tea Room and Loggia are open for Summer Festival patrons before the concert.

Lawn ticket holders can bring their own picnic and enjoy it under the stars. Pre-concert
dinners at The Huntington Tea room are also available to concert-ticket holders only. Dinner reservations can be made online or phone 800-726-7147 through Southwest Chamber Music when tickets are purchased.


The Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, just south of Pasadena and only 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. Entrance is on Allen Avenue, south of the Orlando Road gate.  

Parking is included in the price of admission.


Single Loggia tickets are $45 per person. 

Single Lawn tickets are $28 per person. 

Loggia and Lawn tickets are unreserved festival seating. 

Lawn admission ticket holders must provide own blanket or lawn chair for seating. 

Student Rush lawn admission tickets are available on the day of the concert for only $10.


For more information, or call 1-800-726-7147 
(please use this number in all published materials).
Southwest Chamber Music

638 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 201

Pasadena, CA 91101-2006