The Norton Simon Museum Presents Its Summer Concert Series

Date: July 14, 2018 - August 25, 2018
Release Date: April 25, 2018

The Museum’s popular Summer Concert Series returns this year for its 12th season. 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.

Summer Serenade
Del Mar Trio
Saturday, July 14, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Unlike the string quartet’s wide range of repertoire, the string trio has been a less popular medium for composers. By nature of the instrumentation, all three voices are forced to adopt a role in between soloist and chamber musician. Enescu’s Aubade, an overture-like love song appropriate in the early morning, prepares the listener for two serenades by Beethoven and Dohnányi. All three works were written early in the careers of their respective composers.

The Investigation of Perception: Ellsworth Kelly and Jazz
Marlon Martinez and the Jazz Marlonius Quartet
Saturday, July 21, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Ellsworth Kelly sought to capture the essence of everyday life in his art, “choosing things out there in the world and presenting them.” His pursuit in the visual arts holds true to the intentions of the New York jazz musician of the 1960s. Join bassist Marlon Martinez and the Jazz Marlonius Quartet as they explore the musical trends of the jazz scene during Kelly’s life in New York. With a blend of 1960s jazz classics and Martinez’s original compositions, the Jazz Marlonius Quartet embraces the progressive nature of Kelly and his jazz contemporaries, with art that captures a chaotic, active and emotional world through the senses.

Debussy: The Painter of Sound
Robert Thies
Saturday, August 4, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
By all accounts, Claude Debussy was highly influenced by painting and sculpture. He appreciated not only his French compatriot Impressionist painters but also had a special affinity for the work of Turner, Whistler, the Japanese artist Hokusai and sculptor Camille Claudel. In this program, pianist Robert Thies explores Debussy’s connections to various paintings and artists who affected his musical creations and the evocative titles he assigned to them.

Baroque, Classical and Romantic Traditions of Two Guitars
Odeum Guitar Duo
Saturday, August 11, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
The Odeum Guitar Duo returns to the Museum to perform works by J. S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Antonio Soler, Wolfgang A. Mozart and Johann K. Mertz. This concert rounds out a decade of performances by the guitar ensemble at the Museum. Various musical epochs are expressed in a unique way by the driving intensity, varying shades of tonal colors and subtly adjusted volume levels of the two vintage Spanish classical guitars, which serve to bring to the listener enjoyable experiences of the emotional content inherent within the musical masterpieces.

I See You, I Hear You: Santoor, Tabla, Raga
Kamaljeet and Jas Ahluwalia (Absolute Focus)
Saturday, August 25, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Kamaljeet Ahluwalia plays the santoor, an exquisite hammered dulcimer from Kashmir. Jas Ahluwalia plays the tabla, a pair of North Indian drums that produce a vast range of sounds. Together, this husband-and-wife duo draws upon Indian classical music to walk an innovative path that simultaneously explores sublime ragas and intricate rhythmic patterns. Their concert brings a 21st-century perspective to the emotional themes (rasa) visualized in ragamala paintings.


ADMISSION: All concerts are free with Museum admission. Admission is $15.00 for adults; $12.00 for seniors; and free for Museum members, students with I.D., and everyone age 18 and under. For more information, call (626) 449-6840 or visit

WHERE: Norton Simon Museum | 411 West Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena; located on the corner of Colorado and Orange Grove Boulevards at the intersection of the Foothill (210) and Ventura (134) freeways | Parking at the Norton Simon Museum is free.

About the Norton Simon Museum

The Norton Simon Museum is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. Over a 30-year period, industrialist Norton Simon (1907–1993) amassed an astonishing collection of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century, and a stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years. Modern and Contemporary Art from Europe and the United States, acquired by the former Pasadena Art Museum, also occupies an important place in the Museum’s collections. The Museum houses more than 12,000 objects, roughly 1,000 of which are on view in the galleries and gardens.

Location: The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd. at Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena, Calif., at the intersection of the Foothill (210) and Ventura (134) freeways. For general Museum information, please call (626) 449-6840 or visit Hours: The Museum is open Thursday through Monday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Friday and Saturday to 7 p.m.).  It is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission: General admission is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors. Members, students with I.D., and patrons age 18 and under are admitted free of charge. The first Friday of the month from 4 to 7 p.m. is free to all. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. Parking: Parking is free but limited, and no reservations are necessary. Public Transportation: Pasadena Transit stops directly in front of the Museum. Please visit for schedules. The MTA bus line #180/181 stops in front of the Museum. The Memorial Park Station on the MTA Gold Line, the closest Metro Rail station to the Museum, is located at 125 E. Holly St. at Arroyo Parkway. Please visit for schedules. Planning your Visit: For up-to-date information on our guidelines and protocols, please visit

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