Encounters, Music@Menlo’s signature series of multimedia symposia led by classical music’s most renowned authorities—named in memory of Michael Steinberg, the eminent musicologist and Music@Menlo guiding light—embody the festival’s context-rich approach to musical discovery.

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Encounters

Encounters, Music@Menlo’s signature series of multimedia symposia led by classical music’s most renowned authorities—named in memory of Michael Steinberg, the eminent musicologist and Music@Menlo guiding light—embody the festival’s context-rich approach to musical discovery. Encounters illuminate the essence of the festival’s thematic programming and add an integral dimension to the Music@Menlo experience.The Encounter series is named in memory of Michael Steinberg, the eminent musicologist and Music@Menlo guiding light.
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  • From the Birth of the Violin to J. S. Bach and the Glory of Cremona <br> Led by Aaron Boyd

    Encounter I: From the Birth of the Violin to J. S. Bach and the Glory of Cremona
    Led by Aaron Boyd

    With antecedents shared by numerous cultures reaching back to humankind’s earliest and most primitive music, the modern violin appeared in a sleepy Northern Italian town in the mid-sixteenth century, creating one of the great ...

    Read morebuy tickets: Jul 14
  • The Emergence of the Classical Tradition in Musical Style and Performance <br> Led by Christopher H. Gibbs

    Encounter II: The Emergence of the Classical Tradition in Musical Style and Performance
    Led by Christopher H. Gibbs

    This summer’s second Encounter explores the concurrent advancement of performance practice, compositional innovation, and Viennese musical culture during the Classical and early Romantic eras. Scholar Christopher H. Gibbs returns to Music@Menlo to lead audiences ...

    Read morebuy tickets: Jul 16
  • The Devil’s Violinist: Niccolò Paganini <br> Led by Soovin Kim

    Encounter III: The Devil’s Violinist: Niccolò Paganini
    Led by Soovin Kim

    Niccolò Paganini, a near-mythic figure whose fiendish abilities left listeners, performers, and composers equally awestruck, raised the technical standard of violin playing to stratospheric heights. This summer’s third Encounter, led by violin virtuoso Soovin ...

    Read morebuy tickets: Jul 19
  • Towards the Age of Expression <br> Led by Ray Iwazumi

    Encounter IV: Towards the Age of Expression
    Led by Ray Iwazumi

    A generation of virtuosi in the second half of the nineteenth century, led by Wieniawski and Vieuxtemps, opened the eyes and ears of the public to a new realm of expressive potential and artistic ...

    Read morebuy tickets: Jul 27
  • The Violin Today

    Encounter V: The Violin Today

    Fred Child, popular host of the American Public Media® radio program Performance Today®, moderates the summer’s final Encounter, featuring an elite panel of Music@Menlo violinists and the incomparable violin maker Samuel Zygmuntowicz. This in-depth ...

    Read morebuy tickets: Aug 1