It is difficult to believe that the final week of Music@Menlo’s tenth anniversary season is upon us. Monday featured a full day of Institute activities, including a Café Conversation led by Artistic Director David Finckel on the wealth of music-related videos that one can find via the internet. Over the lunch hour, several young artists of the Chamber Music Institute traveled to the Hewlett Foundation to do a lunchtime performance. The Hewlett Foundation has been a stalwart supporter of Music@Menlo and its educational programs since the festival’s inception. In the afternoon, Artistic Administrator Patrick Castillo gave the final Listening Room session of the season at Martin Family Hall.
Tuesday will feature the second performance of Concert Program VII: Impassioned, featuring works of Dvorák, Fauré and Schumann at Stent Family Hall. Prior to the evening’s Concert Program, the artists of the Chamber Music Institute’s International Program will take the Martin Family Hall stage to perform another Prelude, featuring Fauré’s ethereal Violin Sonata no. 1 and the G Major Sextet by Johannes Brahms. Earlier in the day, violinist Ani Kavafian will lead a Master Class for Chamber Music Institute artists. All Master Classes are livestreamed via Music@Menlo’s website.