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MUSE/IQUE’s Break/Through 2014 Summer of Sound

MUSE/IQUE returns to CalTech's Beckman Mall for 2014 Rusnak Audi Break/Through Summer of Sound.
MUSE/IQUE returns to CalTech's Beckman Mall for 2014 Rusnak Audi Break/Through Summer of Sound.
Courtesy of MUSE/IQUE.

Rusnak Auto Group has long been a supporter of MUSE/IQUE and this summer they are partnering with Audi of America for the 2014 Rusnak Audi Break/Through Summer of Sound.

“We are profoundly thankful for the continued generosity of Rusnak Auto Group and Audi of America,” said MUSE/IQUE’s Executive Director Brian Colburn. “Paul Rusnak and his company were founding sponsors of our very first live music event in July 2011, and their ongoing support of Rachael Worby’s innovative work over the past three years has been instrumental in our growth and success. Mr. Rusnak is a visionary community partner who makes Pasadena a better place to live and create art.”

The Rusnak Audi Summer of Sound will be comprised of three events featuring the full MUSE/IQUE orchestra and a wild cast of guest performers and distinguished artists and scientists. This year’s theme is Break/Through and each event will be created to give audiences an eye-popping and ear opening new perspectives on familiar yet cherished themes.

“The most basic elements of music making - voice, piano and dance – give us infinite moments of joy and connectedness,” said Artistic Director and Conductor Rachael Worby. “This summer we’re looking at how genius mixes with simplicity to reinvent these forms and create a whole new way to experience the world. We’ll see how Ella Fitzgerald reinvented song, how piano perpetually unlocks our imagination, and how tap dance tells us everything about human history. It’s going to be a thrilling ride.”

In keeping with MUSE/IQUE’s hallmark style of infusing location, community and art, each event will also feature a member of Caltech’s science community in interactive presentations of music and breakthrough scientific ideas.

Dates and programs for the 2014 season are:

July 5: Glass/Shattered: Ella Invents Singing with Nnenna Freelon.

Everything that excites you about Rock, Rap and Blues was invented, on the fly, by Ella Fitzgerald. Recall the revolution of song as Nnenna Freelon and our orchestra channel Ella through Ellington, Gershwin, and even Mozart!

August 9: Keys/Unlocked: The Irresistible Power of Piano. We can't walk by a piano without pressing a key. This summer, 5 furious talents, with 10 hands, 2 pianos, and 176 keys, tell us why.

September 6: Earth/Quaked: Dance Changes the World with Savion Glover. Tap requires two instruments: the body and the earth. This simplicity is a mischievous disguise for the whole beauty of human creation. America's genius of dance joins our orchestra to show how it's done.

Pre-concert dining begins at 5:30 and the performances are at 7:30. 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. Call 626-862-1111 or visit

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

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