Concert Program VIII

Folk Spirit

Great works have been inspired not only by lofty ideals, but also by the colorful music composers heard played as entertainment outside the concert hall. Among the most mesmerizing performers heard by composers such as Joseph Haydn and Johannes Brahms were the itinerant Roma, whose musical skills combined almost supernatural virtuosity with visceral excitement. Later, before tragically perishing in a Nazi prison, Erwin Schulhoff composed stunning, eclectic music that drew on idioms from folk to jazz, and the Spanish virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate provided violinists with ideal vehicles for simply showing off. Music@Menlo’s twentieth season appropriately closes with Brahms’s first piano quartet, its Rondo alla Zingarese finale, perhaps the greatest chamber music crowd-pleaser of them all.

This concert is preceded by a free afternoon Koret Young Performers Concert (KYPC) at 12:30 p.m. by the 2022 Young Performers Program artists.

View the full 2022 festival program book online, including events listings, program notes, and artist biographies.


Joseph Haydn(1732–1809)
Piano Trio in G major, Hob. XV:25, Gypsy (1795)
Erwin Schulhoff(1894–1942)
Duo for Violin and Cello (1925)
Pablo de Sarasate(1844–1908)
Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) for Violin and Piano, op. 20 (1878)
Johannes Brahms(1833–1897)
Piano Quartet no. 1 in G minor, op. 25 (1860–1861)
Saturday 6Aug 2022
  • Folk Spirit

    Spieker Center for the Arts | 6:00 PM

    Tickets: $70–$84 full price; $20–$30 under age thirty

  • Koret Young Performers Concert III*

    12:30 PM
    Spieker Center for the Arts

    Tickets: Free

  • Saturday 6Aug 2022
    • Livestream

      Online | 6:00 PM

      Tickets: $25, or $150 for all eight Concert Programs

    • 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