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With Aaron Boyd, violinist and Director of Chamber Music at Southern Methodist University This unique series of informal discussion events, led by Music@Menlo’s artists and distinguished guests, offers audiences a chance to absorb new insights into a variety of topics. Since their inception at Music@Menlo’s 2004 festival, Café Conversations have delved into a fascinating array of music- and arts-related issues from a multitude of perspectives and provided opportunities for audiences to expand their interaction with festival artists beyond the concert stage. Previous Café Conversations have included topics ranging from “The Link between Speech and Music” and “Creating a New Music World for Kids and Families” to the state of contemporary music and “Classical Music and Print Media in the Internet Age.” Past conversations have also featured interviews with eminent musicians and visual artists, seminars for young musicians, and a poetry reading workshop. Each weekday of the festival features either a master class with the Chamber Music Institute’s young artists or a Café Conversation. Master classes and Café Conversations are offered at 11:45 a.m. on the campus of Menlo School. Master classes and Café Conversations are free and open to the public. Seating is by general admission; tickets or reservations are not available for these events. Programs are subject to change.