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Saturday, July 15, 2017
Our first Encounter lecture with violinist and scholar Aaron Boyd led a packed Martin Family Hall audience on a sweeping tour of the violin’s evolution, from the instrument’s earliest origins to the virtuosi of the twentieth century. Later on Saturday evening Music@Menlo audiences were treated to the festival’s opening Concert Program, The Path to Bach, exploring the magnificent Baroque tradition of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The program presented both well-known works such as J. S. Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in d minor, and lesser-known seventeenth century gems like Farina’s Capriccio Stravagante and Uccellini’s Sonata no. 18 for Two Violins.
The opening day of Music@Menlo’s fifteenth-anniversary festival also featured the first Prelude of the season! At 3:30 p.m. in Martin Family Hall, International Program artists performed two chamber music masterworks: Shostakovich’s Piano Trio no. 2 in e minor, op. 67, and Dohnányi’s Serenade in C Major, op. 10. This year, for the first time, we are live streaming Prelude Performances, including directly to Music@Menlo’s Facebook page.
The day closed with a joyful celebration of the opening of the festival, with the favorite annual tradition that is Fête the Festival at 8:30 p.m. Festival attendees mingled with our Artistic Directors, festival artists, International Program musicians and festival friends at an outdoor catered dinner reception. Photos of Fête will be online shortly!« The Glorious Violin: Opening Day!   || Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven... and Schuppanzigh? »