2021 Festival

Concert Program VI

This summer’s sixth concert program offers two of the chamber music literature’s most emotionally powerful statements. Brahms composed his Piano Quartet no. 3 in C minor, op. 60, in the throes of romantic despair. “You may place a picture on the title page, namely a head – with a pistol in front of it,” he wrote to his publisher. “This will give you some idea of the music.” A similar pathos permeates Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet, completed in 1940 and critically hailed as “a portrait of our age – the rich-toned, perfect voice of the present.”

All concert programs are performed at 4:00 p.m. in the Spieker Center for the Arts, Menlo School, and at 6:00 p.m. outdoors in the Middle School Courtyard of Menlo School. You can also watch via livestream – log in to your account on Music@Menlo’s website to watch here.


Johannes Brahms(1833–1897)
Piano Quartet no. 3 in C minor, op. 60 (1875)
Dmitry Shostakovich(1906–1975)
Piano Quintet in G minor, op. 57 (1940)
Saturday 5Aug 2023
  • Concert Program VI

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    Tickets: $75-$85 full price; $25 under age thirty

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  • Koret Young Performers Concert III*

    12:30 PM
    Spieker Center for the Arts

    Tickets: Free

  • *Prelude Performances and Koret Young Performers Concerts feature young artists from the Chamber Music Institute. Admission is free. read more