Encounter Series

Encounters are Music@Menlo’s series of full-evening lectures led by renowned musicians and lecturers. Designed not for musical experts, but rather for those wishing to become musical experts, the Encounters dive deeply into the music and composers of each festival.

  • <em>The Beethoven Effect</em> with David Serkin Ludwig

    Encounter Lecture III   The Beethoven Effect with David Serkin Ludwig

    In the final Encounter of the season, composer and dean of the Juilliard School David Serkin Ludwig reveals how Beethoven's work and life changed the world and shaped the art of ...

    Wednesday, August 2, 2023

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  • <em>Quartets for the End of Time</em> with Aaron Boyd

    Encounter Lecture II   Quartets for the End of Time with Aaron Boyd

    Following the death of Haydn in 1809, his sixty-eight string quartets would spur subsequent composers to write some of their greatest music. Violinist Aaron Boyd explores not only the Beethoven quartets ...

    Tuesday, July 18, 2023

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  • <em>Beethoven’s Workshop</em> with Jan Swafford

    Encounter Lecture I   Beethoven’s Workshop with Jan Swafford

    Biographer of Beethoven, Ives, Brahms, and Mozart, Jan Swafford has served as a program annotator for the Cleveland, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, and New York Symphony Orchestras, the Metropolitan Opera, and Carnegie ...

    Friday, July 14, 2023

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