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April 30 & May 1,

6:00 pm Preshow, 7:30 pm Music

@ The Huntington

May 5, 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm

@ Skirball Cultural Center

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ABOUT

MUSE/IQUE Presents "Really Big Show: How Ed Sullivan Changed America Every Sunday Night"

Sunday night after Sunday night, in front of a live studio audience, Ed Sullivan promised millions of Americans gathered around televisions in their living rooms a “really big show.” Beginning in the late 1940s and enduring for another 21 years, The Ed Sullivan Show was the ultimate primetime, must-watch variety show: a show that broke the mold and turned a revolving door of top-notch dancers, singers, bands, comedians, and a variety of entertainers into overnight sensations. But the true magic of the The Ed Sullivan Show was how its on-air talent reflected the true diversity of the American public—Ed welcomed guests regardless of their race, ethnicity, or nationality when it was exceedingly unpopular and difficult to do so. The Ed Sullivan Show held up a mirror to America and reflected the possibility of a more hopeful and harmonious future. Join MUSE/IQUE for a “really big shoo”—as Ed’s impersonators would lovingly pronounce it!—that celebrates how Ed Sullivan shook up the system and reached into living rooms across the country and into our hearts, minds, and imaginations.

Preshow Experience at The Huntington, April 30 & May 1

Guests are invited to arrive at 6 pm to explore the first floor of the Huntington Art Gallery before the show! Enjoy a private viewing of The Huntington's incredible European collection, as we open the gallery just for our guests.

Pie 'N Burger food truck will be at MUSE/IQUE before the show at The Huntington with food for purchase.

Make Some Noise: Music and Stories of America Defiance and Hope presented by LeeAnn and Ron Havner / JCS Family Foundation.

In our 2024 season, MUSE/IQUE spotlights the transformative American artists and thinkers who rejected norms and limitations to forge a new and better future. When artists make loud choices and take bold stances, they teach us that nothing is impossible. Join us in a celebration of the stories and music that moved America.

Classical California KUSC is the #1 classical music radio station in the nation. KUSC and MUSE/IQUE share a mission to broaden musical perspectives and expand access to transformative music experiences. Listen to KUSC on the radio at 91.5 FM in Los Angeles and Orange County, online at kusc.org, and our free smartphone apps on Apple and Android. And check out our streams online and on our website including our exclusive video game music stream called Arcade, a move music stream and more.

Brian Lauritzen is the KUSC host who gets listeners home in LA traffic each afternoon. He also created the At Home series during the earliest stages of the pandemic, and hosts the LA Phil radio broadcasts and A Joyful Noise Sunday mornings on KUSC and KDFC. Brian is a popular pre-concert lecturer in Southern California — between the LA Phil, LA Opera, The Wallis, Philharmonic Society of Orange County, and beyond. He has received multiple LA Press Club awards for arts journalism, and is a passionate advocate for underrepresented & marginalized groups and individuals within classical music.

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KUSC Night at MUSE/IQUE on May 1 at The Huntington featuring host Brian Lauritzen!

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Chris Pierce is a singer-songwriter who blends Americana, folk, blues, and soul.  His hit song “We Can Always Come Back to This” reached #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart. Pierce has also done worldwide headlining tours and has performed with: Neil Young, B.B. King, Seal, Al Green, Steve Earle, Allison Russell, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Jill Scott, Blind Boys of Alabama, Aaron Neville & others. Other recent highlights include: a solo concert at The Kennedy Center, a duet with Sara Bareilles, a sold-out concert with Allison Russell, and performance/interviews on NPR’s WORLD CAFÉ, MOUNTAIN STAGE, AMERICAN FOLK SHOW, SoCAL SOUND, and more. Stellar performances at Newport Folk, AmericanaFest, Folk Alliance, Rancho La Puerta Folk Fest, Four Corners Folk, MerleFest & NC Folk Festival led to further acclaim. 

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Ayo Awosika is an LA based vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. She has toured and sung background vocals for artists including Miley Cyrus, Sam Smith, Rob Thomas, The Chainsmokers, Danny Elfman, Dua Lipa, Carlos Santana, Pentatonix, and Tune-Yards, among others. She has performed on The Today's Show, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, and The Voice. Ayo has sung in feature film scores for The Lion King, Minions 2, Nope, and Wakanda Forever.  She was recently commissioned to compose and conduct a new choral piece for a 250 person choir that debuted at the 2023 Sister Singers Network Festival in Cleveland, Ohio.

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craig colclough, VOCALS

Bass-baritone Craig Colclough began his career appearing in several roles with the Los Angeles Opera. The company awarded him the Eva and Marc Stern Artist Award during the 2020-2021 season, celebrating artists with deep connections to LA Opera. The 2022-2023 season featured a prominent return to LA Opera, bowing in the title role in Le nozze di Figaro, his return to the Atlanta Opera to make his role debut as Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and his acclaimed Monterone for further performances at The Metropolitan Opera. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the fall of 2019, as the title role in Verdi’s Macbeth.

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The DC6 Singers Collective are a Los Angeles-based ensemble of dynamic and energetic a cappella, gospel, and Motown singers. Together, the DC6 Singers Collective have brought their shared passion for music as well as their uplifting and charismatic performances to audiences across the country. In harmony, the DC6 Singers Collective delivers a unique approach to gospel and Motown standards and breathes new life into classic and current pop standards. 

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DOMINIC AN, VIOLIN

Dominic Hyunjin An began his violin journey at the age of 8 under the guidance of Ms. Rebekah Yoon. His passion for the instrument quickly blossomed, leading him to become a prize winner in the MTAC State Final Competition just two years after he started playing the violin. Dominic's talent was recently showcased in the Oscar-winning documentary "The Last Repair Shop." He is deeply committed to giving back to the community, teaching violin to children from low-income families, and regularly performing at senior homes and fundraising concerts. Dominic is a proud recipient of the Herbert Zipper Scholarship at the Colburn School and the 2022 LAKMA Special Young Artist Scholarship. Presently, Dominic is in the 8th grade at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences EMMI program, where he adeptly balances his academic studies with his dedication to the violin.

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PAT POSEY, TENOR SAXOPHONE

Hailed by The New York Times as ‘brilliantly stylish,’ Pat Posey is a versatile saxophonist, tubaxist, and multi-instrumentalist. They perform a wide variety of music, appearing regularly with the San Francisco Symphony and the music ensemble Wild Up, and produce and perform tracks with DJs in LA’s nightlife scene. In addition, they are a founding member of the Los Angeles Reed Quintet, and have appeared at Carnegie Hall with composers John Adams, Thomas Adés, Peter Eötvos, and Michael Tilson Thomas conducting their own works.

VENUE

The Huntington

Outdoors

151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108

Skirball Cultural Center

Indoors

2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

PARKING

The Huntington

Free parking is available in The Huntington parking lots accessible at the intersection of Allen Avenue and Orlando Road.

Skirball Cultural Center

Free parking is available in the North Lot. Take the elevator to the second floor for a short walk to the venue.

FOOD & DRINK

The Huntington

Cash Bar with light snacks

Pie 'N Burger food truck will be onsite with food for purchase.

Skirball Cultural Center

Cash Bar with light snacks

VIP members will enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres at their tables.

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