Carte Blanche Concerts, Music@Menlo’s favorite series of artist-curated recitals, showcase some of classical music’s most innovative and renowned musicians and their unique musical insights.

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Carte Blanche Concerts

Carte Blanche Concerts, Music@Menlo’s series of artist-curated recitals, showcase some of classical music’s most innovative and renowned musicians and their unique musical insights.

The 2016 festival offers four Carte Blanche Concerts which explore the potential of four instrumental genres in the hands of Russian composers, through concerts curated by the artists themselves.

Celebrated pianist Alessio Bax performs a tour-de-force program of Russian piano repertoire, exploring European Romanticism viewed through the Russian musical tradition, while Russian violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky returns to Music@Menlo, joined by pianist Wu Qian in her festival debut, for a lavish program exploring the stylistic and emotional range of Russian works for violin and piano.

The Calidore String Quartet’s ambitious Menlo debut then illuminates the powerful force of the Russian string quartet tradition in a program of late-nineteenth-century to mid-twentieth-century masterworks. The final Carte Blanche concert sees Music@Menlo Artistic Codirectors David Finckel and Wu Han offer a program that tells the story of Russian cello music from the twilight of the age of the tsars through the twenty-first century.

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