Music@Menlo: The Next Generation of Musicians
There are many summer music festivals/music camps/series which can make the statement that they are working to train the next generation of musicians, but one in particular, Music@Menlo, resonates with me in ways the others do not.
There are two reasons for that…Wu Han and David Finckel. Â They have performed many times in Central Ohio, both separately and together. Â Never have they been anything but gracious, accommodating, and extremely generous with their time and talents. Â From them you get a sense that there are new things for them to discover, as well as much to share with others, both musicians and non-musicians. Â A prime example of that is their Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute.
Menlo School, “an independent, coeducational college preparatory day school for students in grades 6â€“12,” was founded in 1915 to offer a “rigorous, engaging academic curriculum complemented by outstanding creative arts and athletics programs.” Â No wonder, then, that Han and Finckel were attracted to the place to establish the festival. Â In addition, the Summer Music Institutes and Art of Sound Festival offers daily training for aspiring brass and percussion players.
The Music@Menlo Festival is outside of San Francisco, but you don’t need to travel to California to enjoy what is happening there. Â Music@Menlo Live is the official label of the festival, offering the opportunity to enjoy festival highlights. Â In addition, selected events are streamed live and offered for viewing on a delayed basis, so you can see more of what the festival is all about. Â Some of the Cafe Conversations and many of the Master Classes are available.
Whether you’re there in person or watching/listening on-line, this is an opportunity to witness the creative process, then see the results of the many hours put in by both seasoned professionals and young musicians.Â Â The Music@Menlo Festival runs through August 10th.
Watch Alessio Bax play and speak about his experiences at Music@Menlo