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A reimagining of our Winter Series, the two Music@Menlo:Focus Residencies will offer listeners opportunities to experience the festival’s signature chamber music programming in a bold, brand-new form. For the inaugural season, two popular Music@Menlo artists will curate multiday residencies, featuring captivating “Behind the Music” events led by Audience Engagement Director Patrick Castillo, and inspired by the festival’s hugely popular Encounter lectures. The residencies culminate in two enthralling performances in a new concert venue, St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Menlo Park.
To open the 2018–2019 residencies, Music@Menlo is proud to present Shakespeare and Goethe—a magical exploration of literary allusions in music. The “Behind the Music” on November 8 will serve as an indispensable companion to the following evening’s Shakespeare and Goethe concert program. Audiences will be guided by Patrick Castillo in an exploration of these two literary geniuses and their profound influence on Western music. The evening will probe the fruitful cross-pollination between art forms, the impetuses behind the works, and the suspense of poetic narratives. Illustrated by live musical excerpts, “Behind the Music” will bring both the poetry and music of Shakespeare and Goethe to life.