String quartets, cellos and fugues are in the spotlight this weekend at Music@Menlo
by Contributed content July 21, 2022
After two years of waiting, Music@Menlo’s Haydn Connections festival is in full swing! This Friday, violinist Aaron Boyd takes the public on a journey to the heart of Haydn’s famous string quartets in an immersive atmosphere. Conference meeting. Saturday and Sunday, concerts on the main stage present gems of chamber music, with works from the 20th and 21st centuries accompanying classical and romantic masterpieces.
Praised by the New York Times for its “rich sound and articulate grace,” the Calidore String Quartet (pictured top) returns to Music@Menlo with a program inspired by the spirit and tone of the chase on Saturday 23 July at 7:30 p.m. The thrill of the hunt includes monumental works by Mozart, Haydn and Brahms before jumping into the 21st century with Jörg Widmann’s deliciously macabre Jagdquartett. As the composer explains: “The boastful hunters are successively transformed into people pursued and hunted. To buy tickets.
As the viola da gamba gave way to the cello, composers explored the instrument’s powerful sound in new and innovative ways. Haydn pioneered the use of the cello as an equal partner in string works, inspiring composers for centuries to come. He also made innovative use of quintessentially baroque fugues, as Music@Menlo’s Cellos and Fugues program on Sunday July 24 at 4:00 p.m. To buy tickets.
Both programs are held at the Spieker Center for the Arts on the Menlo School campus
(50 Valparaiso Avenue, Atherton).