MUSE/IQUE pioneers new musical experiences for people by creating educative live music events and outreach programs, all aimed at inspiring the creative spirit, engaging the community imagination, and fostering new generations of music lovers.
MUSE/IQUE is a nonprofit, counter-conventional orchestra founded by community leaders in March 2011 with the vision of being at the forefront of redefining how people actively engage with live music. MUSE/IQUE aims to provide eclectically diverse and educational experiences that are accessible to everyone in the community.
MUSE/IQUE programming is designed and led by the singular vision and talents of Rachael Worby – the critically acclaimed conductor and preeminent leader in arts education. Through MUSE/IQUE’s ongoing programming, Maestra Worby is expanding the definition of “orchestra” to include not only the players but all of the artists, the audience, the volunteers, the surrounding environment, our collective perceptions, and more.
A notable facet of Maestra Worby’s conducting style is her direct communication with all audiences through insightful and enlightening remarks which enhance their appreciation and understanding of the eclectic range of artists, genres, and performance disciplines.
MUSE/IQUE events are innovative and adventurous collaborations between our orchestra and internationally-acclaimed artists such as Jessye Norman, Angela Bassett, Rickie Lee Jones, Arturo Sandoval, Flea, Laurence Juber, Abraham Laboriel Sr., Scott Tennant, Charlie Haden, Steven Page, Patti Austin, Mary Wilson, Kevin McHale, Matt Haimovitz, Michael Martin Murphey, The Doric Quartet, Nnenna Freelon, Savion Glover, Colin Hay, and several living composers.
In its brief five-year history, MUSE/IQUE has served nearly 34,000 people and is dedicated to building a passionate and diverse audience.
MUSE/IQUE accomplishes its mission through ongoing, collaborative explorations of non-traditional performance contexts and formats. In lieu of traditional concert spaces, MUSE/IQUE employs the city itself as an improvised venue for events. The music and performances are curated with the physical space and surrounding community as informing the art-making process, rather than serving as a backdrop. Within each event, widely divergent genres and styles are paired in order to illuminate those unexpected connections which bring a sense of joy and empowerment to our audiences.
UNCORKED – MUSE/IQUE’s signature series Uncorked consists of five live music events set in iconic locations throughout the city. Each event is curated around a theme that ties directly or subliminally to the physical environment. With mixed eclectic seating for 400-600, Uncorked emphasizes intimate, shared experiences that enliven audience thinking.
SUMMER OF SOUND – The centerpiece orchestral festival of the programming year, Summer of Sound is a three-part series featuring a full orchestra and enriched repertoire. The entire series is curated around one unifying theme that incorporates music, science, and performance art. Set in the world-renowned California Institute of Technology, this dynamic experience guides the audience of 4,500 through intellectually stimulating topics comprehensible to anyone, regardless of prior knowledge or age.
FREE/FOR ALL – MUSE/IQUE produces two free live music events annually in conjunction with Pasadena’s city-wide ArtNight festival. This family-friendly series is a participatory dance party that serves 5,000-6,000 in the plaza of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
KIDS/IQUE – KIDS/IQUE is a curriculum-based, musical immersion program serving approximately 600-700 foster and at-risk youth. Students in the program receive on-going, engaging musical experiences that build cultural literacy as well as encourage self-expression and self-confidence.