Announcing Music@Menlo’s New Focus Residency Series
November 8-9, 2018
May 2-3, 2019
An ambitious reimagining of our Winter Series, the Music@Menlo:Focus Residencies will offer listeners opportunities to experience the festival’s signature chamber music programming in a brand-new form. For the inaugural season, two popular Music@Menlo artists, pianist Hyeyeon Park and violinist Arnaud Sussmann, will curate multiday residencies featuring captivating Behind the Music events led by composer and educator Patrick Castillo. The two residencies begin on the picturesque Menlo School campus and culminate in enthralling performances in a new concert venue, St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Menlo Park.
To open the 2018–2019 residencies, Music@Menlo is proud to present Shakespeare and Goethe—a magical exploration of literary allusions in music. The Behind the Music event on November 8 will serve as an indispensable companion to the following evening’s concert: Accompanied by live musical excerpts, audiences will be guided in an exploration of these literary geniuses and their influence on Western music. As the culmination of this residency, an all-star cast of five artists will join forces on November 9 to bring to life literature-inspired masterpieces by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Liszt, and Brahms. The performers are pianists Hyeyeon Park and Jon Kimura Parker, violinist Cho-Liang Lin, violist Matthew Lipman, and cellist David Finckel.
This must-see performance and its introductory discussion event, will shine new light on the dramatic impact that Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Faust, and Werther had on the imagination of some of the greatest chamber music authors of all time.
As a preface to the spring Focus Residency, Folk Tales, curated by violinist Arnaud Sussmann, Patrick Castillo returns to lead another Behind the Music session on May 2. The evening will explore the unusual instrumentation of two violins and a viola ahead of the subsequent evening’s concert program; audiences will also take a closer look at the use of folk elements, with live musical illustrations. The May 3 concert features Antonín Dvořák’s magnificent Miniatures and Terzetto and Zoltán Kodály’s delightfully folksy Serenade, alongside rarely performed music by Belgian composer and violinist Eugène Ysaÿe and Russian composer Sergei Taneyev. Violist extraordinaire and festival favorite Paul Neubauer will be joined onstage by violinists Pamela Frank and Arnaud Sussmann.
Behind the Music Tickets
$30 full price; $15 under age thirty
Location: Martin Family Hall, Menlo School
Concert Program Tickets
$52/$47 full price; $25/$20 under age thirty
Location: St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, Menlo Park.
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