Toru Takemitsu's Work
Open Day Last Sunday
May 28 at 2:00 p.m.
$7.50 online / $10 at the gate
Join us for a mellow afternoon in the garden as Brazilian classical guitarist
performs guitar compositions by modern Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu. Costa will give an introduction to the composer and his contribution to modern music and will also perform more traditional classical guitar pieces.
Costa holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music, a Bachelor's degree from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (Brazil) and a Master's degree from the University of Akron, where he studied with Mauro Maibrada and Stephen Aron. He has performed classical and baroque guitar internationally for over a decade.
Currently based in Los Angeles, Costa is a Contributing Editor for the Guitar Foundation of America Soundboard magazine and serves as the Director of Guitar at Servite High School, one of the few full-time high school classical guitar curricula in the United States. He is also a member of the new music group Ensemble Ritsos and maintains a permanent collaboration with Armin Abdihodzic in the Duo Alisio.
Open Day Last Sunday is from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Docent tour at 11:00. The garden is wheelchair accessible. Sorry, no pets allowed.
Members receive complimentary admission for two. Children 12 and under are free.
This event is almost sold out.
Make your reservations now by going to the
Programs and Reservations
page of the website.
Remember: The City of Pasadena prohibits our visitors from parking on the surrounding residential streets. Please follow the signs to park on-site. On Open Day Last Sunday, parking is also available in the lot we share with the Westridge School on Madeline Drive. It is accessible from Pasadena Avenue.
A Very Special Evening with Lisa See
Friday, June 30
5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
We are delighted that author
will join us for an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a special presentation of her new novel
, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.
Thanks to the author, this is a special fundraiser for the garden. Enjoy the evening for $50 each including a copy of the book which the author will sign at the event.
The book, recently released, tells the tale of a Chinese family whose life in a remote village revolves around the farming of tea. When one of the girls has a baby out of wedlock and puts her up for adoption, it sets in motion a story that explores culture, tradition, and the bonds between mothers and daughters.
Such themes are familiar to readers of Lee's earlier best-selling books:
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls, Peony in Love, and
Dreams of Joy.
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane debuted at No. 6 on the New York Times best-sellers list, and Kirkus Reviews praised it as "a riveting exercise in fictional anthropology."
Meet Lisa See and support the garden. Space is limited so please make sure to reserve soon on the
Programs and Reservations
page of the website.
Complimentary valet parking will be provided.
David Arnay's Second Sunday Jazz Series
$17.50 online / $20 at the gate
(children 12 and under free)
Gates open at 1:30
These Sunday afternoons are getting rave reviews from everyone who comes. The series curator, jazz artist, David Arnay, lines up the very best talent on the Los Angeles jazz scene. This month, it's
, jazz pianist, vocalist and award-winning composer.
John's relaxed vocal quality and swinging piano playing shines through on songs made popular by Chet Baker and Nat King Cole. With top LA musicians, bassist, Alex Frank, and drummer, Dean Koba, they come to the garden with a mix of familiar jazz classics and original compositions taken from John's three albums. Additionally, they will feature new songs on his latest CD,
, due out in September on the ArtistShare crowd-funding label.
Look forward to seeing you there!
Friday Morning Classes
Mindfulness Meditation 8:30 - 9:30
Plein Air Watercolor Painting 10:00 - 12:00
Plein Air Watercolor Classes
Painting in the garden is a unique opportunity to be inspired by centuries-old principles of Japanese landscape design. Pete Morris guides students in their artistic exploration of the compositions and textures found everywhere in this exquisitely crafted
environment. For information on how to join the class, email the garden
Mindfulness Meditation Classes
Instructor Debra Dysart says, "The ever-changing beauty of the Japanese garden provides a unique meditation experience for both beginners and experienced meditators alike, offering fertile ground for our sense perceptions to keep bringing us back to the present moment. Leading mindfulness awareness practice in this place is the high point of my week!"
Take a docent tour
--free with admission at 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. on Open Thursday and 11:00 a.m. on Open Day Last Sunday. Reservations for the tours are not necessary but if there are more than six
people in your group, please email the garden to let us know.
Volunteer in the garden--it's a beautiful place to work. If you enjoy our programs, you
can assist with events and attend for free. If you simply like spending time in the garden, you can help with our Open Days. To apply, email your interest to:
Experience the peace of the garden on Open Thursday and the last Sunday of every month. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may make a
for admission on our website for $7.50 or pay $10 upon arrival (children 12 and under are free.) The garden is wheelchair accessible. Sorry, no pets allowed.
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