On July 14, 2012 Rachael Worby and MUSE/IQUE, a new orchestra that made its debut last summer, will open its Summer Series at Caltech with a program titled, "Art and Soul of Music." Six-time Grammy-winning trumpeter Arturo Sandoval leads the program with a Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie - on the heels of his new CD on Concord Jazz, "Dear Diz, Every Day I Think of You." Sandoval will serve up everything from bebop to classical to swing also featuring Johann Nepomuk Hummel's "The Trumpet Concerto" and ending the evening with Irving Berlin's "God Bless America."
Rachael Worby will also conduct MUSE/IQUE in Ernesto Lecuona's "Malagueña;" Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata;" Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean;" Mozart's "Adagio and Fugue, k. 456;" Astor Piazzolla's "Fuga y Misterio;" George Gershwin's "Walking the Dog." Actress Zilah Mendoza will pay tribute to Dizzy Gillespie with a poem entitled, "They Called Him Dizzy, But The Man Had Plenty Sense." Caltech's own Brian Brophy will play the mridangam, a double-headed Indian drum and rap about life changes, theater and jazz.
Worby, celebrated in the orchestral community for her wide range of repertoire, exuberant style and versatile command of musical genres has long admired Sandoval. The "Maestro" as she calls him, immediately came to mind.
Through playing and conversation, Worby hopes to enlighten and engage her listeners in a non-traditional way and celebrate a musical connection with them - "We believe music, combined with an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome is a source of social change that strengthens our community."
Aprotégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval is one of the world's most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugel horn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer. He is one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time. He has been seen by millions at the Oscars performing with Celine Dion, at the Grammy Awards with Justin Timberlake and as a leader, as well as on the Billboard Awards with Alicia Keys.
Sandoval has been awarded six Grammy Awards, and nominated 12 times. He has also received six Billboard Awards and one Emmy Award, the latter for his composing work on the entire underscore of the HBO movie based on his life, "For Love or Country" starring Andy Garcia. His last album "Time for Love" had three Grammy nominations and won two for best album and best production. He just released his second album on Concord Jazz, "Dear Diz, Every Day I Think of You" and is working on a new book chronicling his relationship with Dizzy Gillespie.
Zilah Mendoza, recipient of the prized Obie Award in New York for best lead performance on Broadway in Lisa Loomer's "Living Out," has also originated lead roles on stage in "Electricidad', Luis Alfaro's adaption of "Electra," and award-winning Sara Ruhl's "The Clean House" at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum to outstanding reviews. Additionally, she has performed at other major west coast stage venues; La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Repertory and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Often seen in network television, Zilah has appeared in prominent roles in "Grey's Anatomy," "Law and Order," "The Medium," "ER," 'Nip/Tuck" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
Brian Brophy is the director of Caltech Theater Arts. Brophy directs plays and help grow the program to make sure the arts/culture are alive on campus. He engages people from the campus community, JPL, and the local community to make sure they have a quality, an artistic and engaging experience. Making a play entails a script. "For Rocket Girl", Brophy worked with the playwright on all scenes on how they worked together, flow, continuity, etc. In addition to Brophy's responsibility at director of Caltech Theater arts, he is a producer overseeing all aspects of production.
Rachael Worby is that rare conductor who is also a curator and a skilled communicator. Her dynamic energy, coupled with the highly successful results she has achieved with diverse organizations has created a demand for her skills on the international level. As a guest conductor, she has led orchestras throughout Europe, South America, Australia, and Asia.
MUSE/IQUE validates Worby's reputation as a musical visionary and fulfills her dream of recreating a concert experience for the 21st century audience. MUSE/IQUE is the latest and boldest venture in Los Angeles' live performance landscape. We partner with organizations in Los Angeles to transform interesting places and out-door spaces into welcoming destinations where the power of live music brings people together and invigorates community life. We are a nonprofit organization that exists to strengthen the social fabric of our city.
A Pasadena-based ensemble that encourages and supports local artists and connects them to the community, MUSE/IQUE is designed as both an alternative to the traditional classical concert experience and a vehicle for musical education and outreach that will touch, excite and inspire the younger generation. Mixing culture with whimsy, the casual with the unexpected, MUSE/IQUE shakes the cobwebs off of classical concert going.
As the sun goes down and the lights go up, one of Los Angeles' most beloved summer traditions begins: the pre-concert dinner under the stars. The venue opens at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking. Patrons are free to invent their own picnic experiences or you may pre-order your brasserie dinners from Perfect Equation Catering and pick-up your dinners on-site at Beckman Mall.
To learn more about MUSE/IQUE, our events or to buy tickets online, please visit
www.muse-ique.com. To order tickets by phone, please call 626.539.7085.
Caltech's Beckman Mall is located at 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena, Calif. 91125. "Art and Soul of Music with Arturo Sandoval" begins at 7:30 p.m.; doors open for picnicking at 5:30 p.m.
Performance Date and Time:
Saturday July 14, 2012 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35-$86