Music@Menlo Announces 2006 Season

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David Finckel and Wu Han's Music@Menlo chamber festival will focus on Mozart this year, in honor of the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth.

The four-year festival runs June 24-August 11 at the Menlo School in Atherton, California, and St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. It will pair works by Mozart with music by Bach, Stravinsky, Dvoršk, Schubert, Britten, Janšcek, Brahms, Messiaen, and Shostakovich.

"By concluding our evenings with many of Mozart's most moving chamber compositions," Finckel and Wu Han said in a statement, "we hope to 'return to Mozart' in a compelling way, with Mozart's eternal message of beauty and hope emerging transcendently."

Performers at the festival include violinists Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian, and Joseph Silverstein; violist Paul Neubauer; cellist Peter Wiley; pianist Claude Frank, Jeffrey Kahane and Gilbert Kalish; flutist Carol Wincenc; and the Orion String Quartet.

The husband-and-wife team of cellist Finckel and pianist Wu Han launched Music@Menlo with a one-day event in 2002; a full-length festival followed in 2003. The two are also the artistic directors of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the founders of the ArtistLed record label; Finckel is the cellist of the Emerson String Quartet.

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