Southwest Chamber Music 
2012 Summer Festival at The Huntington
Jeff von der Schmidt, Artistic Director

"There's no more satisfying outdoor concert series than Southwest Chamber Music's Summer Festival at The Huntington Library...
--LA Weekly 

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     Grammy® Award-winning

Southwest Chamber Music Presents



Summer Festival at The Huntington


Concerts begin July 14! Plan your summer concerts now!

Southwest Chamber Music on 
The Huntington Loggia


Saturdays and Sundays:

July 14 &15,

28 & 29,

August 11 &12, 25 & 26

7:30 p.m.

The Huntington Art Gallery Loggia
In eight concerts throughout July and August under the summer stars, Grammy® Award-winning Southwest Chamber Music dishes up French Impressionist and French-influenced composers in a festival inspired by the centenary of the person who changed America's cooking: Julia Child. 

Concert-goers are encouraged to exercise their inner foodie with their own Julia-like picnics on the lawn or Julia-inspired,
Julia Child changed America's cooking.
3-course dinners in The Huntington Tea room prepared by Executive Chef Jon Dubrick.  Dinners are available at an additional charge for pre-order only when you order your concert tickets.  


Make your own "Midnight in Paris" evening with music by French composers Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, César Franck, Gabriel Fauré, André Jolivet, and Darius Milhaud. Segue over to the former French colony, VietNam, to be enchanted by the music of Pham Minh Thành and  Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ.     


A few of the summer highlights: 

  • String quartets of Ravel and Debussy   
  • Elissa Johnston sings Ravel's ravishing Chanson madécasses     
  • Music from Milhaud's landmark ballets La création du monde and Le bœuf sur le toit        
  • Suzanna Guzmán sings a medley of French chanteuse Edith Piaf's signature songs
  • Virtuoso dan bau player Vân Ánh Vanessa Võ performs Pham Minh Thành's Ascending Dragon and her own Water Puppet Songs    

Concert and Ticket Information

Summer Festival at The Huntington


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. 

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Click here for Julia-inspired pre-concert dinner menus in 
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

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


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


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 bœuf sur le toit for piano four hands

Louiguy-Piaf - La vie en rose (song medley)   


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Four concerts, Loggia Seating: $162 per person

Four concerts, Lawn Admission: $100 per person


Single tickets 

Loggia: $45 per person. 

Lawn: $28 per person. 

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


(Loggia and Lawn tickets are unreserved festival seating. Lawn admission ticket holders must provide own blanket or lawn chair for seating.)    

Location, Parking and Other Information  

Location information
  • All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and take place on 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. 
Painting above: Frederick Carl Frieseke, Woman Seated in a Garden, 1914. (portion) Oil on canvas. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Gift of the Virginia Steele Scott Foundation. 

Performers for the 2012 Summer Festival at The Huntington include:  


Alison Bjorkedal, harp; Jim Foschia, clarinet; Lorenz Gamma, violin; Suzanna Guzmán, soprano; Peter Jacobson, cello; Elissa Johnston, soprano; Larry Kaplan, flute; Jan Karlin, 

viola; Genevieve Lee, piano; Tom Peters, double bass; Ming Tsu, piano; Lynn Vartan, percussion; Shalini Vijayan, violin; Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ, dan bau; Jeff von der Schmidt, conductor. 


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