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Occurs on Saturday March 30 2024

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Spieker Center for the Arts
50 Valparaiso Avenue
Atherton CA 94027

Event Notes

× In a world where film and music are inseparably linked, Music@Menlo will focus its lens on the relationship between composers and “the seventh art.” Music has always played a paramount role in the movie theater, supporting the rich emotional connection between the audience and the silver screen, and many composers have been deeply influenced by cinema’s traditions, tropes, and heritage. This Focus Residency will explore the why and how behind several such composers’ works as our camera moves through all the angles: music written for cinema, because of it, mimicking it, and even establishing the cinematic sound.
Join us for a fascinating look into the life and works of several composers, featuring Shostakovich and his relationship to Soviet cine; the chamber music of Nino Rota, the man behind The Godfather; Patrick Castillo, a name so dear to Music@Menlo, and his fascination with Ingmar Bergman; the vibrant world of Libby Larsen and her dive into the smoky atmosphere of film noir; and, of course, the “Father of Soundtrack,” the “Haydn of Film Music” himself: Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

DMITRY SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano (arr. Atovmyan, 1970)

PATRICK CASTILLO (Born 1979) Winter Light for Two Violins, Cello, and Piano (2020)

LIBBY LARSEN (Born 1950)
Trio Noir for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano (2022) West Coast premiere

NINO ROTA (1911-1979)
Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano (1973)

Suite for Two Violins, Cello, and Piano, Left Hand, op. 23 (1930)

Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet; Kristin Lee, Sean Lee, violins; Dmitri Atapine, cello; Gloria Chien, Hyeyeon Park, pianos

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