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Southwest Chamber Music Announces 

20th Summer Festival at The Huntington



Los Angeles, CA - Southwest Chamber Music celebrates its twentieth summer season at The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens by presenting its popular blending of familiar favorites with the added spice of musical diversity. The programs begin Saturday, July 13 (repeated July 14), at 7:30 p.m. and continue every other weekend through Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and 25. 

The celebratory programs this summer open with the wind music of Stravinsky and Mozart, bringing together masterpieces of 18th century classicism with the 20th century neo-classicism of Paris. Oliver Knussen's music, inspired by A.A. Milne's beloved Winnie the Pooh, will feature the stratospheric soprano Delaram Kamareh. Knussen writes, "[It is like] a sequence of faded snapshots and reflections, by an unwilling grown-up, on things remembered from the book, and on what those things meant to him as a child."

On July 27 and 28, Southwest celebrates night music from elegant Salzburg, a journey to the New World of Mayan astrology, and concludes with a nocturnal work from fin de siècle Vienna. Gabriela Ortiz's Baalkah conjures up the pre-Colombian world in a masterpiece which brings this past world to musical life, featuring soprano Ayana Haviv. The evening's festivities open with one of Mozart's most beloved works, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, and close with Schoenberg's early nocturnal work, Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night).

A true Wagnerian rarity, Album Leaf for Betty Schott, opens the concert August 10 and 11. The Album Leaf is a thank you note in the form of a solo piano score written by Wagner to his publisher. Max Reger's Clarinet Quintet, his last chamber work, is perhaps his best known and most beloved. The evening ends festively with the Brahms Horn Trio.

The final concert, August 24 and 25, is an evening of music by three great opera composers of the 20th century: Benjamin Britten, Hans Werner Henze and Leos Janácek. To celebrate Britten's centennial, Southwest Chamber Music offers two works for harp and voice, Eight Folksong Arrangements and A Birthday Hansel with tenor Daniel Chaney and harpist Alison Bjorkedal. Henze's L'autunno is an Italianate opera for winds featuring a cornucopia of instruments including piccolo, alto flute, oboe d'amore, bass clarinet, contrabassoon, and a Wagner tuba which are doubled by the traditional wind quintet. The summer concludes with Mladi for wind sextet, the wise remembrances of childhood from Czech master Leos Janácek. 


Pre-concert dinners are available at an additional charge in the elegantly romantic Huntington Tea Room. The three-course menu is prepared by Jon Dubrick, Executive Chef at The Huntington Tea Room.  The dinners are available only with pre-order by concert ticket holders on the Southwest website or at (800) 726-7147 when you order your concert tickets.  


Click here to download season brochure.

 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 and Sunday, July 13 and 14

Igor Stravinsky:  Octet for Winds

Oliver Knussen: Hums & Songs of Winnie the Pooh

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  Serenade, K. 361, "Gran Partita"


Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  Serenade, K. 525, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"

Gabriela Ortiz:  Baalkah for Soprano and String Quartet

Arnold Schoenberg:  String Sextet, "Verklärte Nacht"


Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and 11

Richard Wagner:  Album leaf for Betty Schott

Max Reger:  Quintet for Clarinet & Strings, Op. 146

Johannes Brahms:  Trio for Violin, Horn & Piano, op 40


Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and 25

Benjamin Britten: Eight Folk Song Arrangements

Hans Werner Henze:  L'autunno for Wind Quintet

Benjamin Britten:  A Birthday Hansel

Leos Janácek: Mladi for Wind Sextet

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 Art Gallery and the grounds adjacent to the Tea Room and Loggia are open for Summer Festival patrons before the concert.

Lawn ticket holders may 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 (48-hour minimum notice required for dinner reservations).  

The Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, just south of Pasadena and only 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles.  For directions and a map, please check the web site. or call 1-800-726-7147.


Parking is included in the price of admission.


Subscriptions (Festival Pass):  

Four concerts with Loggia Seating are $182 per person: save 30% off the single ticket price. 

Four with Lawn Admission are $100 per person: save 10% off the single ticket price. 

Single tickets: 

Loggia tickets are $65 per person. 

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 lawn admission tickets are available for only $10 with valid student ID.


For more information,
or call 1-800-726-7147
(please use this number in all published materials).
Huntington Group Photo compressed
Alison Bjorkdahl, harp; Daniel Chaney, tenor; Jim Foschia, clarinet; Lorenz Gamma, violin; Ayana Haviv, soprano; Peter Jacobson, cello; Delaram Kamareh, soprano; Larry Kaplan, flute; Timothy Loo, cello; Luke Maurer, viola; Alyssa Park, violin; Andrew Pelletier, horn; Tom Peters, double bass; Ming Tsu, piano; Shalini Vijayan, violin; Jeff von der Schmidt, conductor.
For biographies of the performers, please visit
Southwest Chamber Music

638 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 201

Pasadena, CA 91101-2006


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