poster for 2007 Bridging the Ages 5
× The 2007 festival season marked the Music@Menlo debuts of a number of exciting young artists. The Escher String Quartet collaborated with guitarist Jason Vieaux to present the irresistible “Fandango” Guitar Quintet of the Italian (by way of Spain) composer Luigi Boccherini; on the same program, the quartet played supporting cast as two young virtuosi, violinist Erin Keefe and double bassist DaXun Zhang, dueled in Bottesini's riveting Gran duo concertante. The Escher Quartet took center stage in Mendelssohn's masterful Second String Quartet, a precocious homage to Beethoven composed in the young prodigy's eighteenth year.