Ending on a High Note: National Flavors!

Saturday, August 5 was the final day of Music@Menlo’s 2017 festival, after we enjoyed a momentous three-week journey through the violin’s history with the Music@Menlo community.

On the last afternoon at 1:00 p.m., the Young Performers gave the final Koret Young Performers Concert of the festival. You can watch all Livestreamed performances on Music@Menlo’s website. The full program for the final KYPC, which featured works by Mozart, Stravinsky, Dvořák and more, is also online here.

Finally on Saturday evening audiences enjoyed the final Concert Program of the festival, National Flavors. This spectacular closing to the season offered a colorful survey of violin playing across the Western world. The vitality of modern Bohemia was heard in Martinů’s ingenious duo, while the visceral influence of the great Russian school of string playing was evident in Shostakovich’s Prelude and Scherzo for String Octet, completed while the composer was still a teenager. Composer Ernő Dohnányi drew from his native Hungary’s folk traditions in his Ruralia hungarica, while American composer John Corigliano’s Red Violin Caprices performed by Bella Hristova, glorify the instrument with a distinctly modern voice. The program concluded with the thrilling String Octet by the Romanian composer, violinist, pianist, and conductor George Enescu.