Summer Concert Series

The Norton Simon Museum Presents the Eighth Season of its Popular Summer Concert Series

June–September 2014

Featuring musical performances held in the Museum’s galleries and theater on select Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m., the series includes favorite performers such as the 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 6:00 p.m. Members enjoy early seating between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m.; general admission seating begins at 6:45 p.m.

Sounds from the 20th–21st Centuries: Solo Cello Music
Maksim Velichkin
Friday, June 27, 7:00–8:00 p.m.
The spirit of modern art comes together with the vitality of the cello in a program of modern cello music in the Museum’s 20th-century gallery. Cellist Maksim Velichkin performs works by Hans Werner Henze, an outstanding German composer; Gaspar Cassadó, one of the most influential cellist-composers of the 20th century, whose suite for solo cello is infused with Spanish flavor; and 21st-century Los Angeles composer George N. Gianopoulos.
Presented in the Museum’s 20th-century gallery.

Color and Sound: Vasily Kandinsky and the Music of His Time
Dr. Polli Chambers-Salazar
Friday, July 11, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Vasily Kandinsky once said, “Color is the medium by which one can affect the soul directly... the soul is a piano with many strings, and the artist is the hand that, by striking one particular key, causes the human soul to vibrate.” Kandinsky was progressing toward total abstraction while many of his fellow painters were still working figuratively. At the same time, such composers as Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg were defying conventional tonality while most of their contemporaries were still composing in the late Romantic tradition. Pianist Polli Chambers-Salazar explains the many connections that can be found between the visual and musical arts of the early 20th century.
Presented in the Museum’s theater.

Kalyan Samahar: A Collection of Evening Ragas Based on Kalyan Thaat
Sandip Ghosh
Friday, August 15, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Enjoy a performance by noted North Indian classical singer Sandip Ghosh, accompanied by Jyoti Prakas on tabla and Narendra Kulkarni on harmonium. A thaat is a musical mode considered to be the basis for the system of organizing and classifying ragas (melodies) in North Indian classical music. This concert features a collection of evening ragas based on Kalyan (blessing) thaat; these convey a mood of benevolence and devotion.
Presented in the Museum’s theater.

From Beethoven’s Structure to the Fluid and Cyclical World of Debussy
California String Quartet
Friday, August 22, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

The California String Quartet returns to perform two starkly contrasting pieces from the 19th century—Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 18, and Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10. The evening begins with the structure and mastery of Beethoven, then separates from classical harmony with Debussy’s cyclical structure, sensuality and impressionistic tonal shifts.
Presented in the Museum’s 20th-century gallery.

Musical Wonder of Nature
Robert Thies
Friday, September 12, 7:00–8:00 p.m
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Pianist Robert Thies explores the relationship between the composer and the splendor of nature, as seen in art and life. Featured pieces by Debussy, Ravel, Schubert and Liszt take inspiration from nature, as imagined by some of the most creative minds in music.
Presented in the Museum’s theater.

Stretching the Musical Horizon of Jazz from Funk to Bossa Nova
John Beasley
Friday, September 19, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Jazz, America’s indigenous art form, is a metaphor for change and innovation, as shown by its evolution of styles from ragtime to swing, bebop, avant-garde, Latin and contemporary jazz. Pianist and music director for the Thelonious Monk Institute John Beasley performs works to showcaseoriginal, propulsive, multilayered compositions from funk, soul, bop, bossa nova and nuevo tango to illustrate how he has stretched the musical horizon of jazz.
Presented in the Museum’s theater.