Music@Menlo is an internationally acclaimed chamber music festival and institute in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded by David Finckel and Wu Han as a program of Menlo School, Music@Menlo features unique programming, a roster of world-class artists, and a Chamber Music Institute for emerging and pre-professional musicians. Following the course charted by the inaugural season, and spurred by its great success, all festival seasons have been constructed around well-defined themes in chamber music history.
Music@Menlo offers a wide range of high-quality free-of-charge events every year, to educate and inspire both seasoned listeners and newcomers to classical music. These include public masterclasses, free performances by young Chamber Music Institute artists, and informal expert-led Café Conversation discussions . Intimate performance venues and immersive offerings such as AudioNotes and the Encounter lecture series also offer a range of opportunities for audiences of all ages to connect with chamber music in new and innovative ways.
East Meets West: Russian Reflections 2016
Music@Menlo both explores and re-imagines established works, and charts new developments in chamber music. Here, Audience Engagement Director Patrick Castillo is joined by Michael Parloff to examine the movement of Russian classical music from Tchaikovsky towards the groundbreaking ideas of Stravinsky.
Music@Menlo 2015: Genius Ignited
In 2015, Music@Menlo’s thirteenth season, Schubert, offered a deeply immersive journey through the remarkable life and musical works of the great Austrian composer Franz Schubert.
Video of Concert Program V from the 2014 festival, Around Dvořák, which explored the American folk influence on Dvořák’s music as well as on that of composers such as Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Charles Ives, and modern maverick George Crumb.