Encounter Series

Encounters, Music@Menlo’s signature series of multimedia symposia led by classical music’s most renowned authorities—named in memory of Michael Steinberg, the eminent musicologist and Music@Menlo guiding light—embody the festival’s context-rich approach to musical discovery.

  • <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 ...

    Read morebuy tickets: Jul 14
  • <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 Joseph 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 ...

    Read morebuy tickets: Jul 18
  • <em>The Beethoven Effect</em> with David Serkin Ludwig

    Encounter Lecture III  The Beethoven Effect with David Serkin Ludwig

    In addition to composing a lion's share of the greatest music ever written, Beethoven, through his uncompromising personality, re-formed the identity of the composer. While Joseph Haydn was treated as ...

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