MUSE/IQUE Announces 2019 Summer Season at The Huntington

Three signature programs explore a season of music in motion MOVING/PICTURES celebrates America’s greatest film scores and composers; TRAIN/GLORY showcases trains as mechanical muses; BAND/TOGETHER deconstructs the modern day process of scoring film music - Curated By MUSE/IQUE Artistic Director Rachael Worby

Published : Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | 11:20 AM

MUSE/IQUE, Pasadena’s pioneering performing arts organization, is proud to announce its second summer music series at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens on July 6, August 3 and August 24, 2019. Performances will take place at the Library Lawn. All programs are led by MUSE/IQUE Founder and Artistic Director Rachael Worby, and feature the MUSE/IQUE Orchestra with special guests including vocalist Joshua Henry, cellist Ben Hong, vocalist Liv Redpath, American Ballet Theatre dancers, piano duo Anderson & Roe, and more to be announced.

In the MUSE/IQUE tradition of creating collaborative experiences around a central theme, the summer series explores the notion of movement and momentum through the lens of iconic film music, revealing the visceral impactful of sound and picture.

“After our remarkable inaugural 2018 summer season, MUSE/IQUE is thrilled to return to The Huntington for another season of discovery and inspiration,” says Rachael Worby, Founder and Artistic Director, MUSE/IQUE. “We are honored that The Huntington is once again opening its doors to our audiences and performers. I can think of no better venue to inspire our imaginations as we celebrate the transformative power of music and the arts.”

MOVING/PICTURES (July 6, 2019)
Tony-nominated star of “Carousel”
BEN HONG, cello
Associate Principal cello, Los Angeles Philharmonic

On the most patriotic of weekends, MUSE/IQUE celebrates America’s greatest movies – from short silent films with plunked pianos to soaring symphonic epics. The music of film composers such as James Horner, Ennio Morricone, Danny Elfman, and John Williams is ingrained in our hearts and minds, and is at once ubiquitous and deeply personal. The event will include music from films like Saving Private Ryan, Amistad, Catch Me If You Can, Born on the 4th of July, Young Mr. Lincoln, and The Terminal, and songs like “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “As Time Goes By,” and “Mrs. Robinson.” A visit into the realm of this beloved American art form will leave audiences feeling inspired and hopeful, and ready to head to the movies!

TRAIN/GLORY (August 3, 2019)

One of the most promising young soprano leggero on the opera and concert stage today. Before the invention of the car and the airplane, trains were the vehicle of change, progress, and dreams, and provided platforms for people to gather from all walks of life. Trains were instrumental in turning Henry E. Huntington’s vision for The Huntington into reality. In fact, trains are literally deeply embedded into The Huntington’s grounds: there’s a short railway underground! Trains have been a theme in both traditional and popular music since the first half of the 19th century, and have appeared in films and all major musical genres. While the prominence of railroads in the United States has faded, the train endures as a common image in popular song and film. These trains rolled into our lives through films such as The Great Train Robbery, Dr. Zhivago, Murder on the Orient Express, Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Polar Express, Shanghai Express, Strangers on a Train.

BAND/TOGETHER (August 24, 2019)
ANDERSON AND ROE, piano duet
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE dancers Arron Scott, Skylar Brandt, Stella Abrera, and Cory Stearns

This “art house” concert will examine the film scoring techniques of modern film composers. The program will explore the power of silence, reimagine well-known soundtracks, and compare the impact of different musical choices for different scenes. How do specific instruments affect the dramatic experience of a particular scene? Music choices can lead to very different perceptions and fundamentally impact our understanding of the film’s story. Audiences will gain a deeper appreciation for the profound impact of the soundtracks that influence how we connect with our favorite films.

Driven by Artistic Director Rachael Worby’s passionate belief in the communal, transformative power of music, MUSE/IQUE forgoes the traditional concert hall format, and presents artistic experiences in notable community locales that connect and inspire audiences through multidisciplinary programs.

General admission tickets are $50 – $130 and are available for purchase beginning May 20, 2019. Member reservations open April 29th, 2019. All MUSE/IQUE Members receive a special discount. For more information on membership, please visit For information about ticket sales, including group sales, please visit and click on events, or call Audience Services at (626) 539-7085.

MUSE/IQUE’s Summer Series at The Huntington is made possible in part by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.


MUSE/IQUE is a dynamic, nonprofit organization that creates exhilarating live music adventures. Presenting performances at landmark locations throughout Pasadena, MUSE/IQUE goes beyond the concert hall and into the community with spectacularly intimate performances which combine music, movement, and ideas from a diverse range of genres. Under the leadership of renowned Artistic Director Rachael Worby, MUSE/IQUE’s artistic collective consists of an acclaimed orchestra and top musicians from the worlds of jazz, rock, blues, gospel, and more, along with today’s best singers, dancers, and thinkers. Together with an enthusiastic and growing audience base, these artists reimagine the possibilities for the live music experience. Founded in 2011, MUSE/IQUE is a membership driven organization presenting nine major public events each year as well as a wide range of education and community engagement programs.

UNCORKED – MUSE/IQUE’s signature series UNCORKED consists of five live music events set in unexpected places. Each event is curated around a theme that ties directly or subliminally to the physical environment. With mixed eclectic seating for 400-600, UNCORKED emphasizes intimate, shared experiences that enliven audience thinking.

MUSE/IQUE’s SUMMER SERIES – MUSE/IQUE launched its inaugural summer series at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in June 2018. The centerpiece orchestral festival of the programming year, MUSE/IQUE’s summer series is comprised of three performances featuring a full orchestra and enriched repertoire. The entire series is curated around one unifying theme that incorporates music, literature, visual art, and performance art.

MUSE/IQUE AT ARTNIGHT – MUSE/IQUE produces one free live music event annually in conjunction with Pasadena’s city-wide ArtNight Festival. This family-friendly series is a participatory dance party that serves 5,000-6,000 in the plaza of Paseo Colorado’s Garfield Promenade.

MUSE/IQUE COMMUNITY – MUSE/IQUE creates curriculum-based, small group music interactions that engage participants in a deeper experience of the repertoire and ideas behind each event. Formerly known as KIDS/IQUE, these community programs began serving foster and at-risk youth and have expanded to serve senior citizens, families in need, and other local groups at our partnering organizations.

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