Because of major construction, Southwest Chamber Music's popular Summer Festival at The Huntington will be taking a hiatus in 2014. The hiatus reason is easy to understand. Since last summer, The Huntington has been undergoing an enormous $60 million capital improvement project right at the main entrance. Once all construction work is finished and the new visitors' center is open -- scheduled for spring 2015 -- we anticipate resuming the series in the summer of 2015.
We know this announcement will be disappointing, but please be assured that Southwest Chamber Music is moving forward with many other activities throughout this season. We have already presented 24 Project Muse in-school concerts and continue our Mentorship Program at eight middle and high schools in Glendale, Los Angeles and Alhambra. We have also engaged new audiences with our Music Unwrapped Free Community Concerts through first-time performances at the Pasadena Senior Center, Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro, and the City Council Chambers in West Hollywood, all performed to capacity audiences.
You can keep in touch with artistic Director Jeff von der Schmidt by joining over 4500 international readers in 80 countries who follow his blog at jeffvonderschmidt.com. He covers a variety of topics giving you a unique perspective on the origin and development of his artistic programming ideas. And be sure you "Like" our Southwest Chamber Music Facebook page to receive the latest updates about upcoming events via social media. Plans are underway for the next installment of the third LA International New Music Festival during the 2014-2015 season.
Our musicians, Board of Trustees and staff will miss performing the Summer Festival at The Huntington this year, and we anticipate resuming the series once the construction is complete. Thank you for your support and attendance over the years, and we look forward to seeing you very soon!