Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival
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|Country and Region||United States — California|
|Type of Festival||Music|
|Location of Festival||Palo Alto, Atherton, and Menlo Park, California, USA|
|Festival Contact Information|
Music at Menlo
This celebratory tenth-anniversary season, entitled Resonance, focuses on music’s relationship with humanity. It takes place July 20 through August 11, 2012, centered on the picturesque campus of Menlo School located on the San Francisco Peninsula. Led by founders and esteemed performers David Finckel and Wu Han (who also serve as Artistic Directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center), Music@Menlo brings to Silicon Valley a lineup of the world’s most accomplished musicians and scholars. Adding to this mix is a roster of promising young artists, making for a unique, immersive three-week chamber music experience. All festival events, including symposia, master classes, and related activities, are to be presented at Music@Menlo’s four venues in Atherton, Palo Alto, and Menlo Park, California.
|Festival Dates||July 19 - August 10, 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.
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.
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