ABT Principal Dancer, Stella Abrera, Performs Giselle Pas de Deux at The Huntington

MUSE/IQUE’S 2019 SUMMER SERIES AT THE HUNTINGTON CONCLUDES WITH BAND/TOGETHER Curated and Conducted By MUSE/IQUE Artistic Director Rachael Worby, Featuring AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE, piano duo ANDERSON & ROE, and tenor ASHLEY FAATOALIA ​in a program inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing | August 24, 2019

PHOTO: ABT | SouthPasadenan.com | American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Stella Abrera

Doors open at 6pm for mingling and dining prior to each performance
Tickets ​available by calling the box office  626-539-7085

Stella Abrerra returns to the Southland to dance the pas de deux from Act 2 of Giselle at The Huntington Gardens for MUSE/IQUE’s final summer program. Abrera explains she spent many a childhood afternoon roaming the epic gardens at The Huntington and says she is “ecstatic to perform one of my favorite pas de deux in this glorious place with Cory Stearns!” She went on to thank MUSE/IQUE and Maestro Rachael Worby for “curating this beautiful event and for including us.” Abrera was last seen in her hometown when she performed in American Ballet Theatre’s productions of Harlequinade and The Nutcracker.

PHOTO: Rosalie O’Connor | SouthPasadenan.com | ABT Principal Dancer, Stella Abrera | In ABT’s The Nutcracker, Clara sees a vision of her older self as a Princess in this beautiful ivory lace tutu, dancing in the arms of her Nutcracker Prince.

​MUSE/IQUE, Pasadena’s pioneering performing arts organization, concludes its second summer music series at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens on August 24 with ​BAND/TOGETHER​, an evening inspired by the ​great feats of human history, and the​ 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Performances will take place at the Library Lawn.

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Curated by MUSE/IQUE Founder and Artistic Director Rachael Worby, BAND/TOGETHER is an ode to human possibilities based on the truly old fashioned idea that music and togetherness make everything possible. In an age of cynicism, MUSE/IQUE’S summer finale is unabashedly optimistic. This is the music of the human spirit, written by some of history’s most triumphant composers and performed by the most energetic and skilled performers in the country. The theme of the evening is embodied by the dancers of ​American Ballet Theatre​, presenting Johannes Brahms’​ ​Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn​, choreographed by Twyla Tharp​; ​Dvořák’s Piano Trio No. 4 “​Dumky”, choreographed by Jessica Lang; and​ Adolphe Adam’s ​Giselle Act II, Pas de Deux​, choreographed by Kevin McKenzie. The piano duet Anderson & Roe​ brings four-hands magic to ​“America” from ​West Side Story and Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre​ to illustrate unique combinations of instruments and breathtaking ensembleship. Tenor ​Ashley Faatoalia ​will sing American classics ​“Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball,” “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” ​and ​“Fly Me to the Moon.”

The night is further illuminated by a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and our nation’s greatest science. Film scores from ​First Man, ​The Right Stuff and Apollo 13 ​reveal the stories of humanity in harmony, uniting to achieve a remarkable goal. MUSE/IQUE also welcomes Dr. MiMi Aung, ​project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laborato​ry (JPL), who will usher in the greatest classical masterwork influenced by space, Gustav Holst’s ​“Jupiter” from ​The Planets.

General admission tickets are ​available online​ for purchase at prices ranging from $50-$130. MUSE/IQUE memberships​ are available by calling 626.539.7085. MUSE/IQUE Members receive early access to ticket sales and single ticket discounts, among other benefits. For more information about ticket sales, including group sales, please visit ​http://muse-ique.com/​ and click on ​events,​ or call Audience Services at 626-539-7085.
About MUSE/IQUE 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 that 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 comprises 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.

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 ​huntington.org​. Visitor Information 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 huntington.org.