Music@Menlo Festival Opens in Silicon Valley

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The Music@Menlo Festival opens tonight with a concert-lecture examining the early career of Beethoven. Musicologist Michael Steinberg is the host.

The three-year-old festival focuses on Beethoven this year. It runs through August 12 at the Menlo School in Atherton, California, and St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto.

Performers include the Emerson, Miami, Mir‹, and St. Laurence String Quartets; pianists Claude Frank, Jeffrey Kahane, and Gilbert Kalish; violinist Joseph Silverstein; cellist Ralph Kirshbaum; and violists Cynthia Phelps and Geraldine Walther.

The repertoire includes all 16 Beethoven string quartets; sonatas, trios, and other chamber music by the composer; and works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Weber, Ives and others.

The husband-and-wife team of David Finckel, cellist of the Emerson Quartet, and pianist Wu Han launched Music@Menlo with a one-day event in 2002; a full-length festival followed in 2003. The event now boasts its own in-house recording label, Music@Menlo Live. In addition, performances from the festival will be heard on Public Radio International's Classical 24 feed.

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