Music@Menlo opens winter residency and stages benefit concert

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on March 19, 2012

violinist Kristen Lee

Music@Menlo‘s annual Winter Residency will take place from March 19 through March 27 at Menlo School. Under the artis­tic direction of cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, the program brings a select group of the classical music world’s elite young musicians to the Peninsula for a week long series of special performances, a public benefit concert, and educational activities with local middle and high school students.

Violinists Hye-Jin Kim and Kristin Lee (pictured), violist Matthew Lipman, cellist Mihai Marica, and pianist Michael Brown — all past participants of Music@Menlo’s Chamber Music Institute for outstanding aspiring professional musicians — are this year’s artists-in-­residence. While on campus, they will join forces with David Finckel for Music@Menlo’s annual benefit concert and reception on Friday, March 23, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. in Martin Family Hall on the Menlo School campus.

The benefit concert, which is open to the public (tickets are $50), supports scholarship funds for Music@Menlo’s Chamber Music Institute, a three­-week summer program that offers emerging young artists the chance to work with a world­-renowned artist­-faculty as well as multiple performance opportunities and an enriching series of classes and lectures.

As part of the residency, the Chamber Music Institute alumni will work directly with a broad cross­ section of Menlo School’s faculty to create lesson plans that bring classical music to life by integrating it with curricula in subjects such as histo­ry, Latin studies, and other humanities. Highlights will include a special collaborative performance with middle school Latin student singers, a performance at an Upper School assembly, and an array of classroom presentations in the Middle School’s foreign language classes as well as Upper School courses such as American Literature, Fiction Writing, World Religions, and Jazz Band.

Photo courtesy Music@Menlo

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