Former Principal Flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Michael Parloff has established a reputation as one of the finest classical music lecturers of our time. He returns to Music@Menlo to lead the season’s first Encounter, tracing Haydn’s beginnings through his unique professional circumstances, his relationships, artistic triumphs, and finally, his posthumous legacy. This deep dive into Haydn’s life and times provides an essential framework for the 2022 festival.
This Encounter lecture is preceded by a free afternoon Prelude Performance at 5 p.m. by the 2022 International Program artists. Prelude programs will be announced in May.
About the Encounter Lecture series:
Music@Menlo’s Encounter series of full-evening lectures was inaugurated during the festival’s first season. Designed not for musical experts, but rather for those wishing to become musical experts, the Encounters dive deeply into the themes of each festival. Music@Menlo’s Encounter leaders offer both great expertise and accessible appeal, presenting evenings filled with fascinating facts, musical examples, and often surprising revelations. The series is dedicated to the memory of musicologist Michael Steinberg, who as a regular Encounter leader during the festival’s first decade combined encyclopedic knowledge with enveloping warmth in a way that has set the standard ever since.