Muse/Ique’s Liberty Conceived

Jan 25, 2015

Actor_Courtney_B_Vance“We’re challenging ourselves to listen like Lincoln,” writes Muse/Ique founder, artistic director and conductor Rachael Worby.

On February 8th, Muse/Ique presents “Liberty/Conceived” with Courtney B. Vance as special guest narrator, the Muse/Ique orchestra, opera singers, and gospel singers of the DkF vocal ensemble.

The evening will be celebrating as well the re-opening of Pasadena Civic’s historic Exhibition Hall. This “great room” behind the Civic Auditorium began as an exhibit hall and grand ballroom before being transformed into the City’s ice skating rink. Now, it has been restored and on the night in question, guests will hear the strains from “Go Down Moses,” Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and “I Wish I Was in Dixie’s Land.” The evening will culminate with Aaron Copeland’s “brilliant composition” Lincoln Portrait.




Abraham Lincoln was a voracious consumer of arts and culture, from popular songs to spirituals to opera. His favorites reveal a man of compassion, joy, and soaring intellectual curiosity. The man who held the fate of our freedom in his hands was a legendary listener.

For this event…we’ll imagine ourselves in his place, facing his fractured world, and we’ll tune into the music in which he found so much comfort, inspiration, and liberation. (Rachael Worby)


Liberty Conceived
Sunday, Feb. 8th
Ribbon cutting ceremony, 6 p.m.
Mingling, 6:30 p.m.
Music, 7:30 p.m.
Pasadena Civic, Exhibition Hall C
300 E. Green St., Pasadena 91101
Tickets are general seating; $50 per person
Purchase tickets here
For more info, call 626.539.7085
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Rachael Worby conducting; photo courtesy of Muse/Ique

Rachael Worby conducting; photo courtesy of Muse/Ique


Ms. Worby’s ongoing mission 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.”


Pasadena Civic Auditorium, which opened in 1932; photo courtesy of PasadenaPIO.blogspot by Ann Erdman

Pasadena Civic Auditorium, which was opened in 1932; photo courtesy of PasadenaPIO.blogspot by Ann Erdman


Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News

Pasadena Civic Exhibition Hall; photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News




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