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   March 26, 2013                                                                         Press contact: 626.685.4455

Music, Art, Food & Dining for a Local Getaway

The 20th Summer Festival at The Huntington



Celebrating 20 years of its Summer Festival at The Huntington, Grammy Award-winning Southwest Chamber Music wraps you in another world for the price of a concert ticket: Pre-concert gourmet dinners in the elegant Huntington Tea Room, a stroll around the fragrant rose garden, picnics on the lawn, glowing summer sunsets through the trees, a wander through the Huntington Art Gallery, and superbly played music under the summer stars. 


If you're a visitor to LA, this is a must-do to quiet traffic nerves and too much sightseeing.  If you live in LA, give yourself a special four-hour treat -- a real getaway from the outside world -- and enter the gentler world of the senses: aural, visual, gustatory, and physical.


"Indeed, this Southwest festival happens to be the classiest summer music program in the southwest." (Mark Swed, LA Times)


The eight-concert festival begins Saturday July13 (repeated Sunday July 14) at 7:30 p.m. and continues every other summer weekend through August 25. Concert ticket holders may wish to bring their own picnic dinners to have on the lawn before the concert. A visit to the Art Gallery before the concert and at intermission is highly recommended.


The concerts are a celebration of Southwest Chamber Music's 20 years at The Huntington, presenting concerts in the Art Gallery outdoor loggia for listeners reposing on what the LA Times calls "one of the best lawns in America." Tickets on the loggia are also available.


The Tea Room dinners prior to the concert are pre-sold with (and in addition to) the concert tickets. The prix-fixe menus (a different menu for each concert program) boast such delicacies as Vanilla Scented Crab-Stuffed Tilapia, Watermelon & Lychee Salad, Crispy Risotto with Roasted Vegetables, the luscious Chocolate Flan, and Tres Leches Cake among many offerings from Huntington Chef Jon Dubrick. 


The programs this summer, under the artistic direction of Jeff von der Schmidt, open July 13 & 14 with music for winds by Stravinsky and Mozart, plus Oliver Knussen's music for A.A. Milne's beloved Winnie the Pooh, in a bubbly concert worthy of a champagne celebration. The second concert program, July 27 & 28, includes a little night music from two famous composers, Mozart and Schoenberg. The program August 10 & 11 brings the lovely, joyous and sometimes raucous Brahms Horn Trio, complemented by Wagner and Reger. The final program, August 24 and 25, includes chamber music by three great opera composers of the 20th century: Britten, Henze and Janacek.


Tickets and more information about the Summer Festival at The Huntington are easily available online at or by calling (800)726-7147.


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 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. 

Dinner tickets: (by prior reservation, for concert ticket holders only)

Three-course prix fixe menu including tax and tip: $60 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 on the day of the concert 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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