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David Finckel and Wu Han, founding Artistic Directors of the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute, today announced the 2017 festival theme: The Glorious Violin.

The violin has shaped the very evolution of music itself, demonstrated by the earliest violin compositions of the Baroque period, through the performances of extraordinary virtuoso luminaries of the Romantic era, and by the pioneers of instrumental expression of the twentieth century. The instrument ranks among a handful of tools whose design has remained largely unchanged for over three centuries, and no musical genre is more indebted to the modern violin family than chamber music.

Music@Menlo’s fifteenth-anniversary season celebrates composers, performers, and violin makers alike, illuminating the violin’s history and looking at the unfolding of classical music through the lens of this beautiful instrument.

Running from July 14 to August 5, the festival presents over 50 events on Music@Menlo’s three stages in Atherton and Menlo Park. Tickets go on sale April 18.

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M-A Drama presents The Addams Family for its spring musical the next two weekends

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Izzie Nada plays Morticia and Teddy Pagee plays Gomez (both pictured above) in Menlo-Atherton High School’s drama department production of the musical, The Addams Family. The production is overseen by the school’s newest drama teacher, Danette Bathauer, who arrived on campus last fall but has taught drama for over 20 years, most recently in the Clovis Unified […]

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Grateful Dead in Ladera? Yes, it really happened 50 years ago

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Although some might not believe it because it does not appear in any official Grateful Dead chronologies, the famous Bay Area band played at Ladera School for the Ladera Christmas Dance on the night of December 17, 1966. We have neighbors’ recollections and newspaper accounts to prove that the event was a wildly successful evening. Barbara Rusmore, […]

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Music and fundraising for Willow Oaks School at Cafe Zoë on Saturday, Feb. 11

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Emails Kathleen Daly, owner of Cafe Zoë : “Saturday evening is something really special. Not only do we have Scott Bell and Scott Thompson returning to play music at 7:00 pm, but before the event we will host a musical ensemble from Willow Oaks school. Get to the cafe at 5:15 pm to watch a […]

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M-A teacher Kent Kurris shepherds the school’s music program to continued excellence – and another Big Band Dance

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Except for a few years owning a wine store in Capitola, it’s music that’s been front and center in Menlo-Atherton High School teacher Kent Kurris’ life. He plays both the piano and the French horn and has taught at both the high school and college level, starting in 2010 at M-A, overseeing two classes of orchestra, the concert band, […]

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Live music this weekend at Cafe Zoë

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Emails Zoë of Cafe Zoë: “[We have some of] are some of our favorite local musicians playing this weekend. Friday night [1/6] starting 7:00 pm, we have Scott Bell (of the Bell Brothers) and Scott Thompson performing solo and together on covers and some of their originals. This is always a fun night with good friends of […]

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Jym Marks Quintet performs free concert on January 7

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Jazz lovers unite, as the Menlo Park Library presents a free concert from the local group, the Jym Marks Quintet, on Saturday, January 7 at 11:00 am at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers (701 Laurel St.) Local musician, poet, author, lecturer, and business owner Jym Marks has been a band leader for over 40 […]

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Menlo Park resident John Donald looks back on his top entertainment picks for 2016

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Here’s some of what I enjoyed during 2016: Music: According to iTunes, my most played new music of the year. Singles – U-turn, Tegan and Sara – Dirty Mercy, Gin Wigmore – Mama Said, Lukas Graham – He Didn’t Mention His Mother, Eleanor Friedberger – She Makes Me Laugh, The Monkees – Boyfriend, Tegan and […]

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Gryphon Carolers showcase holiday music from around the world in annual concert

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Although shoppers may get a bit weary of the typical holiday tunes piped through department stores every year at this time, one Peninsula-based vocal ensemble is offering a time-tested cure for holiday tedium. The GryphonCarolers have been lifting audience spirits and calming the effects of turbulent times for the past 35 years. This year’s concert […]

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Kitka performs at St. Bede’s on December 11

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Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble has researched and discovered a treasure-trove of exquisite and unusual seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. The Ensemble will be at St. Bede’s in Menlo Park (2650 Sand Hill Road) on Sunday, December 11, at 4:00 pm This year’s program will showcase material ranging […]

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Live music at Cafe Zoë on Nov. 10 & 12

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The Mountain & The Moon (pictured) will appear at Cafe Zoë on Thursday, November 10, at 7:00 pm. The duo was formed during the spring of 2015 when bassist Noah Laniakea and banjoist Casey Holmberg met at UCLA. Both musicians shared a love for bluegrass and old-time music, and as they rehearsed and performed together they began to explore […]

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