It is hard to believe that a week has already passed of Music@Menlo’s tenth anniversary season! The performances and events have been memorable, and we have been consistently reminded of music’s incredible power to sustain, tell personal stories, and bring great joy. On Thursday, Music@Menlo explored the vital correlation between music and film through a remarkable Encounter led by the enterprising and versatile pianist, Stephen Prutsman. Along with clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester and the Escher String Quartet, Stephen performed his own original scores to two iconic silent films: Charlie Chaplin’s 1 a.m. and Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr. Prior to the Encounter, artists of the Chamber Music Institute’s International Program performed their first Prelude Performance in the Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton. Earlier in the day, pianist Jeffrey Kahane led an inspiring Master Class for young artists of the Chamber Music Institute.
On Friday, Music@Menlo will explore music’s power to transport us to places far and wide. In the evening, a large cast of musicians will take the stage at the Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton to perform diverse works by Chen Yi, Mahler, Granados, Debussy among others. Prior to the evening’s Concert Program, artists of the Chamber Music Institute will perform a Prelude Performance featuring works by Shostakovich and Donhányi. Another highlight of the day will be a Master Class led by Artistic Director and cellist David Finckel, which you can either catch live at Martin Family Hall or through the livestream on Music@Menlo’s website.