Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival



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Country and Region United StatesCalifornia
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Atherton and Menlo Park, California, USA
Festival Contact Information

Music at Menlo
50 Valparaiso Avenue
Atherton, CA 94027 USA
Phone: +01 650-330-2030
Fax: +01 650-330-2016
Email: info@musicatmenlo.org

Festival Description

Now in its eleventh season, Music@Menlo offers an incomparable musical experience: world-class concerts in intimate venues, innovative programs performed by a cadre of the world’s great musicians, and numerous free opportunities to engage with artists and explore classical music. Music@Menlo’s 2013 season, From Bach, celebrates the timeless work of Johann Sebastian Bach, the composer whose profound legacy has shaped Western music over the two and a half centuries since his death.

Festival Dates July 18 - August 10, 2013
Festival Links

http://www.musicatmenlo.org

Festival Events:

Programming 2013:
  • Music@Menlo’s 2013 season theme
    • From Bach, celebrates the timeless oeuvre of Johann Sebastian Bach, the composer whose profound legacy has shaped Western music over the two and a half centuries since his death. By way of eight Concert Programs, five artist-curated Carte Blanche Concerts, four multimedia Encounter lectures, and a host of ancillary events, Music@Menlo takes an inventive approach to Bach by delving into the depths of his art from the perspective of the generations of composers who followed.
  • Signature Programs
    • Music@Menlo’s thematic and comprehensive approach to programming continues to spark the rapid growth of a deeply devoted audience, garners much critical acclaim, and serves as a source of inspiration for other chamber music organizations worldwide. The festival’s signature programs include thematically inspired Concert Programs, the artist-curated Carte Blanche recital series, round-table Café Conversations, the multimedia Listening Room series, AudioNotes, and the Encounter lecture series. Training the next generation of outstanding chamber musicians is a significant component of Music@Menlo’s mission; the Chamber Music Institute, an intensive three-week workshop for outstanding young artists which runs concurrently with the festival, offers open master classes featuring Institute participants, Prelude Performances, Koret Young Performers Concerts, and a daylong chamber music Open House, all of which are free and open to the public. The festival artists performing at Music@Menlo form a faculty that rivals that of the nation’s top conservatories.
Schedule 2013:
  • Thursday, July 18, 2013
    Encounter I: In the Beginning…There Was Bach, led by Ara Guzelimian 7:30 p.m., Martin Family Hall, Menlo School Tickets: $45 full price; $20 under age thirty
    • At this season’s first Encounter, Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean of the Juilliard School, discusses Bach’s immense influence on the entire trajectory of musical history. Join us for this season-opening overview as we examine Bach’s enduring legacy and its significance in our time.
  • Friday, July 19, 2013
    Café Conversation: Behind the Drum
    With Christopher Froh, Ayano Kataoka, and Ian Rosenbaum, percussionists 11:45 a.m., Martin Family Hall, Menlo School
    Free Admission
    Prelude Performance
    • Featuring artists from Music@Menlo’s Chamber Music Institute International Program for advanced and preprofessional artists, ages eighteen to twenty-nine.
      5:30 p.m., The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton
      Free Admission (Free Ticket Required)
  • Friday, July 19, 2013
    Concert Program I: Piano/Piano 8:00 p.m., The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton Tickets: $65/$55 full price; $30/$20 under age thirty
    • Johann Sebastian Bach was lauded in his own lifetime as a virtuoso organist, and his impeccable writing for keyboard distinguishes such masterpieces as his Concerto for Two Harpsichords. The sonic breadth that Bach imagined, afforded by two modern Steinway pianos, is given voice in this explosive piano-centric performance—an anachronistic testament to the timeless resonance of Bach’s art.
      ——Program
      Johann Sebastian BACH (1685–1750): Concerto for Two Pianos in C Major, BWV 1061 (1732–1735)
      Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828): Rondo in A Major for Piano, Four Hands, op. 107, D. 951 (1828)
      Béla BARTÓK (1881–1945): Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, BB 115 (1940)
      ——Artists
      Kevin Rivard, French horn
      Gloria Chien, Derek Han, Gilbert Kalish, Hyeyeon Park, Wu Han, pianos Soovin Kim, Kristin Lee, Sean Lee, Arnaud Sussmann, violins Sunmi Chang, Mark Holloway, violas
      David Finckel, Laurence Lesser, cellos
      Scott Pingel, bass
      Christopher Froh, Ian Rosenbaum, percussion
  • Saturday, July 20, 2013
    Open House (all day)
    8:30 a.m., Menlo School
    • Experience a full array of the festival’s music-making activities in this daylong event on the beautiful grounds of Menlo School. Open House offerings include a Café Conversation, open Institute coachings, and more.
  • Saturday, July 20, 2013
    Q & A Coffee with the Artistic Directors
    • 8:30 a.m., Menlo School Free Admission
  • Saturday, July 20, 2013
    Open Coaching Sessions and Open Rehearsals
    • 10:00 a.m., Menlo School (exact times and locations TBA)
  • Saturday, July 20, 2013
    Café Conversation: The Art of Sebastian Spreng
    • With Sebastian Spreng, Music@Menlo’s 2013 Visual Artist, and Cathy Kimball, Executive Director, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art 11:45 a.m., Martin Family Hall, Menlo School Free Admission
  • Saturday, July 20, 2013
    Prelude Performance
    • Featuring artists from Music@Menlo’s Chamber Music Institute International Program for advanced and preprofessional artists, ages eighteen to twenty-nine.
      5:30 p.m., Martin Family Hall, Menlo School
      Free Admission (Free Ticket Required)
  • For the full schedule visit the festival’s web site at
    http://www.musicatmenlo.org/festival/day-by-day-calendar?yr=2013
Festival artists 2013:
  • Festival Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han have assembled a stellar roster of fifty guest artists for Music@Menlo’s 2013 season, thirteen of whom will be making their Music@Menlo debuts.
    • Joining the festival lineup this summer will be the following guest artists: pianists Gloria Chien, Derek Han, Jeffrey Kahane, Gilbert Kalish, Hyeyeon Park, Gilles Vonsattel, and Wu Han; violinists Benjamin Beilman, Sunmi Chang, Jorja Fleezanis, Soovin Kim, Kristin Lee, Sean Lee, Arnaud Sussmann, Ian Swensen, and Joseph Swensen; violists Sunmi Chang, Mark Holloway, Paul Neubauer, Richard O’Neill, and Arnaud Sussmann; cellists Dmitri Atapine, Carter Brey, Colin Carr, David Finckel, and Laurence Lesser; bassists Charles Chandler and Scott Pingel; harpist Bridget Kibbey; percussionists Christopher Froh, Ayano Kataoka, and Ian Rosenbaum; flutist Tara Helen O’Connor; clarinetist Alan Kay; oboist James Austin Smith; bassoonist Marc Goldberg; trumpeter David Washburn; hornists Nicole Cash and Kevin Rivard; and soprano Elizabeth Futral. The Danish String Quartet makes its debut appearance, and the Orion String Quartet returns to the festival this summer.

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Slideshow photo credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Stent Family Hall, on the campus of Menlo School, during an evening event. Photo by Tristan Cook
    • Violist Paul Neubauer, Image courtesy of Chamber Music Lincoln Center
    • Violinist Arnaud Sussmann, Photo Credit: Tristan Cook
    • Eighth Season participants, 2010
    • Violinist Ian Swesen at Music@Menlo Photo Credit: Tristan Cook
    • Participants of Music@Menlo’s Chamber Music Institute International Program in front of Stent Family Hall. Photo by Tristan Cook

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