Focus Residency II: Folk Tales with Arnaud Sussmann

Behind the Music

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, 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.
The Folk Tales program was built around a unique and rather unusual instrumentation for string trio—two violins and a viola—seldom heard in a full chamber music program. Featuring staples of the repertoire, Antonín Dvořák’s magnificent Miniatures and Terzetto and Zoltán Kodály’s delightfully folksy Serenade, the program also offers rarely performed music by Belgian composer and violinist Eugène Ysaÿe and Russian composer Sergei Taneyev.

The richness and variety in the music will surprise and delight you, as will the project’s intimate educational style. Violist extraordinaire and festival favorite Paul Neubauer will be joined onstage by virtuoso violinists Pamela Frank and Arnaud Sussmann.

Thursday 2May