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August 1, 2012                                                                             Press contact: 626.685.4455

 Summer Festival at The Huntington

presents Vn nh Vanessa V, guest artist

Dan bau virtuoso  
Van Anh Vanessa Vo

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 Saturday and Sunday, August 11 & 12 at 7:30 p.m  


August 11 and 12 dan bau virtuoso Vn nh Vanessa V and the Southwest players perform Ascending Dragon by the Vietnamese composer Pham Minh Thnh, conducted by Southwest's artistic director, Jeff von der Schmidt. Thnh's piece is followed by traditional Vietnamese folksongs which V plays on the dan bau.  


Vn nh Vanessa V devotes her life-long passion and mastery of the dan bau and dan tranh zither to the creation of distinctive music for these unique Vietnamese instruments. Among her accomplishments are the 2009 Emmy Award-winning soundtrack for the documentary "Bolinao 52", which she co-composed and recorded, and the soundtrack for the Sundance best documentary and 2003 Academy Awards nominee "Daughter from Danang". Van Anh also co-composed and recorded for the recent documentary "A Village Called Versailles", winner of the New Orleans Film Festival Audience Award. Van-Anh graduated with distinction from and taught at the Vietnam Academy of Music. In 1995, she won the Vietnam National Dan Tranh Competition. She has since performed in 14 countries and recorded in many broadcast programs inside and outside of Vietnam. She lives and teaches Vietnamese traditional instruments in Fremont, California. 

Composer Pham Minh Thanh

Phạm Minh Thnh was born in 1978 in Hanoi. He studied piano and composition at the Vietnam National Academy of Music under the tutelage of composer Do Hong Quan. From 2000-2006, Minh Thnh studied composition at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Professor Konstantin Batashov. His compositions have been performed and broadcast throughout Vietnam, as well as in Moscow. He is currently teaching composition at the Musicology/ Composition/ Conducting Department at the Vietnam National Academy of Music. He participated in Southwest Chamber Music's Ascending Dragon Festival, a cultural exchange project in the spring of 2010 between the US and Vietnam sponsored and funded by the US State Department.


Filling out the program August 11 & 12, flutist Lisa Edelstein, violist Luke Maurer, and harpist Alison Bjorkedal perform Debussy's Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp, and the Southwest string quartet performs Ravel's Quartet in F major.


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 

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