The first Sunday of Music@Menlo’s Tenth Anniversary featured a day full of music. At 10:30 a.m., Anthony McGill and Gloria Chien took the Stent Hall stage to perform the season’s first Carte Blanche concert. Both Anthony and Gloria have a rich history with Music@Menlo — Anthony performed in the pilot season of the festival in 2002 and Gloria first was introduced to the Music@Menlo community as a participant of the Chamber Music Institute’s International Program. Their ongoing collaboration grew out of Anthony and Gloria’s initial meeting at Music@Menlo. It was a transcendent performance, featuring deeply personal works by an array of composers, from Debussy to Berg. In addition to her performance activities this summer, Gloria also serves as the Director of the Chamber Music Institute. The day continued with the second performance of the season’s first concert program, celebrating music’s sustaining power. This marked the first performance of the season at The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton.
On Monday, the Chamber Music Institute will be back in full swing, with the first Master Class of the season, led by the renowned Pacifica Quartet. All Master Classes and Café Conversations are live-streamed throughout the world via Music@Menlo’s website. There will be much activity on campus of the Menlo School as Chamber Music Institute artists rehearse and are coached for their upcoming Prelude Performance, as well as the first Koret Young Performers Concert this coming Saturday. On Thursday of this coming week, Music@Menlo looks forward to welcoming pianist Stephen Prutsman back to lead the season’s second Encounter entitled Music and Film.