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Breakthrough with MUSE/IQUE’s Keys/Unlocked: The Irresistible Power of Piano

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Most everyone loves piano. MUSE/IQUE’s Rusnak Audi Summer of Sound continues on Saturday, August 9 at 7:30 p.m. with Keys/Unlocked: The Irresistible Power of Piano. Five dynamic pianists and the orchestra will come together to celebrate breakthrough pianists including Elton John, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, jazz icon Thelonious Monk and Billy Joel.

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Part Two of this summer’s series on Caltech’s Beckman Mall Lawn comes alive once more with 10 hands, 50 fingers, 2 pianos, and 176 keys. “Artistic Director, Rachael Worby, deftly curates five furious talents - LA Phil’s Joanne Pearce Martin, Gavin Martin, Bryan Pezzone, Alan Steinberger, and child prodigy, Ray Ushikubo.” Many highlights await audience members including “Rhapsody in Blue,” “Piano Man,” “Goldberg Variations,” Chico Marx and Bugs Bunny on film as well as unexpected treats.

Pre-concert dining begins at 5:30 p.m. and the performances are at 7:30 p.m.. There are a variety of dining options: guests can bring their own dinner, pre-order brasserie dinners from Perfect Equation Catering for on-site pick up at Beckman Mall Lawn, or order and pick up dinner from Gale’s Restaurant or Smitty’s Grill - MUSE/IQUE’s restaurant partners. Rusnak Audi Summer of Sound tickets range in price from $20 to $250 with MUSE/IQUE members getting the best seat locations and discounts of 50% off. Call the Box Office at (626) 539-7085 or visit

“In the three years since MUSE/IQUE was founded by a group of community leaders and Artistic Director Rachael Worby, it has grown from one performance with a handful of devoted followers to a major cultural presence that reaches a broad and diverse audience. Its considerable membership currently numbers more than 500 people. In addition to the summer, MUSE/IQUE presents its ‘Uncorked’ series at unconventional locations in the fall and spring.”

Keys/Unlocked: The Irresistible Power of Piano is supported in part by the Pasadena Arts and Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Division of Cultural Affairs.

Rusnak Audi Summer of Sound is held at Caltech’s Beckman Mall Lawn, located at 332 S. Michigan Avenue.

For other information, contact Diane Reed at (626) 862-1111 or