MUSE/IQUE Announces Summer Series Programming, Called STATES/UNITED

Mapping Musical America at The Huntington; highlights include LIMITLESS/LENNY | June 30, 2018 MOVEMENT/ALOUD! | July 28, 2018 U.S./ROUTES | August 25, 2018

Published : Tuesday, May 8, 2018 | 11:06 AM

MUSE/IQUE, Pasadena’s pioneering live music organization and counter-conventional orchestra, is proud to announce the programming for its inaugural summer series at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens on June 30, July 28 and August 25, 2018. Performances will take place at the Brown Garden Lawn, adjacent to the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. Tickets are on sale now at

Aptly titled STATES/UNITED: Mapping Musical America, the three-part series of live events at the Huntington will celebrate and explore the unique American sound. Audiences will be treated to the ultimate musical road trip that will showcase the powerful interplay between the forces of time, place and music.

The first program, LIMITLESS/LENNY, celebrates Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday and the composer’s unprecedented innovations to the American sound. The MUSE/IQUE orchestra performs two of Bernstein’s most iconic scores, On the Waterfront, featuring Kitty McNamee’s hip-hop ballet inspired by the score, and selections from West Side Story, featuring violinist Charles Yang. Los Angeles Choral Lab will also perform works by John Lennon’s “Imagine,” Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come,” and Toto’s “Africa.”

The second stop in the STATES/UNITED journey continues with MOVEMENT/ALOUD!, a celebration of America’s diversity and the cultural contributions of our immigrant heritage. Perhaps the perfect opening to this program, special guest Norman Lear will recite the Declaration of Independence. Ballet Hispanico, the premier Latino dance organization in the United States, will perform “Carmen.Maquia,” a contemporary take on Bizet’s beloved opera.

Violinist Alyssa Park, the youngest prizewinner in the history of the Tchaikovsky International Competition, and concertmaster of the New West Symphony, will play “It Ain’t Necessarily So” by George Gershwin, arranged by Jascha Heifetz. The MUSE/IQUE orchestra, featuring special guest vocalists, will also perform “God Bless America,” and showcase the enduring legacy of artists whose families immigrated to the United States, including Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, and Gloria Estefan.

U.S./ROUTES, the third and final stop on the STATES/UNITED journey, delves into classic American R&B, soul and pop. Featuring pianist Lara Downes, who will perform an original work, and the MUSE/IQUE orchestra, the program spotlights the works of Sam Cooke, James Brown, Jerry Herman, Lloyd Price, Jackie Wilson, Pearl Bailey, and Duke Ellington. American Ballet Theatre principal dancers Herman Cornejo and Sara Lane will also perform Twlya Tharp’s “Sinatra Suite,” featuring four of Sinatra’s greatest hits: “Strangers in the Night,” “All the Way,” “That’s Life,” “My Way,” and “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road).”

Continuing MUSE/IQUE’s tradition of creating collaborative experiences that connect the venue environment to the performance, STATES/UNITED draws inspiration from The Huntington’s vast collections of treasures in American art and history in order to create a new kind of map of America – one fashioned from thrilling live music performances.

Tickets are now available for purchase at prices ranging from $30-$130. For more information, and to purchase tickets, including group sales, please visit and click on events, or call Audience Services at (626) 539-7085.

STATES/UNITED 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. Using the whole city as a venue, MUSE/IQUE goes way beyond the concert hall 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 iconic locations throughout the city. 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 – The centerpiece orchestral festival of the programming year, MUSE/IQUE’s Summer is a three-part series 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.

FREE/FOR ALL – 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.

About The Huntington

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution serving scholars and the general public. More information about The Huntington can be found at The Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, Calif., 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles. It is open to the public Wednesday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 626-405-2100 or

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