On Thursday, June 31, Music@Menlo had its fifth concert program, “American Visions,” at the Menlo-Atherton Center for the Performing Arts. Held in several Peninsula halls, this summer chamber music festival is now midstream in its 12th season, and deservedly achieving fame.
As part of a festival dedicated to Dvořák, this concert followed his early twentieth century travels to America, where he...
Chopin plays Berkeley Rep
I’ve had a two notable Chopin experiences. A dozen years ago during a stay in Warsaw, the composer’s home town, my...
Proclaiming a milestone in Menlo Park
As part of the Dvořák fest at Music@Menlo’s summer music festival, the Escher Quartet performed all four string quartets of Alexander Zemlinsky. This remarkable feat was done in one long evening, Wednesday, July 23, but took us on a far longer journey – from the late nineteenth century of Brahms’ lush Romanticism into the slippery twentieth century textures and tone rows of Schoenberg and...
Hot concerts on a fog-bound coast.
The 28th season of the Mendocino Music Festival is in full swing on the scenic shores of northern California. Held in an enormous white tent that sprawls across the village headlands, this festival celebrates the love and energy of a whole community as much as it does the eclectic blend of music. Musicians travel here, many from the Bay Area, to be hosted by 90 families who house them for as much as three weeks of rehearsals and...