Norton Simon Museum Presents its 10th Annual Summer Concert Series

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Date(s) - Jul 09
5:00 pm

Norton Simon Museum



July 9, 2016 – September 17, 2016

Pasadena, CA—The Norton Simon Museum is pleased to announce its 2016 Summer Concert Series. Featuring musical performances held in the Museum’s theater on select Saturday evenings at 5:00 p.m., the series includes favorite performers such as Polli Chambers-Salazar and the California String Quartet, as well as new musicians. Performances are free with Museum admission and no reservations are required. Stickers for ensured seating are distributed in the Main Entrance gallery starting at 4:00 p.m. Members enjoy early seating between 4:30 and 4:45 p.m.; general admission seating begins at 4:45 p.m.

The series includes:

Baroque Music for Solo Cello: Gabrielli and Bach
Maksim Velichkin
Saturday, July 9, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Maksim Velichkin returns to the Museum to continue a survey of works for the cello, performing ricercari by Domenico Gabrielli and suites by J. S. Bach. Gabrielli composed some of the earliest attested works for solo cello, among which are his ricercari for unaccompanied cello. Bach’s cello suites are crowning masterpieces of the instrument’s solo repertoire.

Harmony = Blue and Orange: Paul Klee in Art and Music
Dr. Polli Chambers-Salazar
Saturday, July 16, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Paul Klee was also a musician for most of his life, often practicing the violin before picking up his paintbrush to work. He noticed many correspondences between music and art, such as the expressive power of color being similar to the evocative impact of musical sound. Pianist Polli Chambers-Salazar presents a program focusing on the works of Klee and on piano works from the same time period.

Collective Inspiration: An Evening of Jazz
Greg Reitan Trio
Saturday, August 6, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Pianist Greg Reitan, bassist Jack Daro and drummer Dean Koba present an evening of original jazz compositions and selected works by Miles Davis, Bill Evans and Denny Zeitlin. These pieces share common themes with and invite new insights into the innovations of such 20th-century artists as Pablo Picasso, Barbara Hepworth, John McLaughlin, Josef Albers, Sam Francis, Constantin Brancusi and Vasily Kandinsky.

Tchaikovsky and Taneyev: From Teacher to Student
California String Quartet
Saturday, August 20, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
The California String Quartet returns to perform a tour de force of works by Tchaikovsky and Taneyev, a teacher and his brilliant student. The performance begins with the finale Allegro giusto–Allegro vivacefrom String Quartet no. 1 in D major by Tchaikovsky, and it concludes with Taneyev’s String Quartet no. 6.

Longitude with Latitude
Vicki Ray
Saturday, August 27, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Pianist Vicki Ray presents a program of modern works for solo piano. Five Baroque Settings from the Norton Simon by Joseph Pereira and Seven Mirrors by the Cambodian composer Chinary Ung underscore the Museum’s early European and Asian collections, while John Cage’s Music for Marcel Duchamp and Jacob TV’s The Body of Your Dreams musically illustrate the Duchamp to Pop exhibition.

Many Centuries of Two Guitars
The Odeum Guitar Duo
Saturday, September 17, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
The Odeum Guitar Duo returns to the Museum to project a multitude of tonal colors that mirror in sound the myriad hues employed by great painters in their masterpieces. Fred Benedetti and Robert Wetzel perform duo and solo guitar works drawn from across the centuries.