Sunday featured a jam-packed day of music making, true to the spirit of Music@Menlo. In the morning, the spectacular young Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen, who made his festival debut with a memorable Carte Blanche two seasons ago, gave a stunning performance of works by Mozart, Scriabin and Liszt. The afternoon brought another Prelude Performance performed by aspiring young artists of the Chamber Music Institute’s International Program. The day culminated in Concert Program IV: Enhanced, a concert designed to celebrate music’s power to intensify drama. The performance began with a suite of music by Bernard Herrmann, written for the iconic movie Psycho. The performance also featured works by Caplet and Respighi, and concluded with a full version of the Soldier’s Tale by Igor Stravinsky. The musicians were joined on stage by three spectacular Bay Area actors: Kay Kostopolous, Max Rosenak, and James Carpenter.
Monday will be highlighted by a full day of Institute activities, including a Café Conversation led by the wonderful harpist, Bridget Kibbey, discussing the ins and outs of the harp. In addition to many coachings and rehearsals, the day will also feature the second Listening Room installment, led by festival Artistic Administrator, Patrick Castillo.