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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!