Focus Residency I: Shakespeare and Goethe with Hyeyeon Park

Concert Program

Music@Menlo is delighted to announce our new off-season initiative—Music@Menlo:Focus. A reimagining of our Winter Series, this new venture will offer listeners opportunities to experience the festival’s signature chamber music programming and immersive educational content during the year in a bold, brand-new form. For the inaugural season, two popular Music@Menlo artists each will curate multiday residencies. Please join us this November and in May 2019 to witness Guest Curators Hyeyeon Park and Arnaud Sussmann as they launch Music@Menlo:Focus, featuring outreach and intellectually captivating “Behind the Music” events and culminating in two enthralling performances in a new concert venue, St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Menlo Park.
To open the 2018–2019 Music@Menlo:Focus residencies, Music@Menlo is proud to present Shakespeare and Goethe—a magical exploration of literary allusions in music. As the culmination of this residency, an all-star cast of five artists will join forces on November 9 in St. Bede’s Church to bring to life timeless literature-inspired masterpieces by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Liszt, and Brahms. This must-see performance and its Thursday, November 8 introductory discussion event, will shine new light on the dramatic impact that Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Faust, and Werther had on the inventiveness and imagination of some of the greatest chamber music authors of all time.


Ludwig van Beethoven(1770–1827)
Piano Trio in D Major, op. 70, no. 1, Ghost (1808)
Felix Mendelssohn(1809–1847)
Nocturne and Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Piano, Four Hands, op. 61 (1843)
Franz Schubert(1797–1828)
Gretchen am Spinnrade and Erlkönig (arr. Liszt, 1837–1838)
Johannes Brahms(1833–1897)
Piano Quartet no. 3 in c minor, op. 60 (1855–1856, 1874)
Friday 9Nov