Music @ Menlo chamber music festival opens Spieker Center for the Arts

Posted on: July 13, 2021

Music @ Menlo’s new Spieker Center for the Arts in Atherton, California includes a concert hall and offices. Photo by Craig Cozart

“After taking a hiatus in 2020 from in-person concerts, Music @ Menlo will program indoor and outdoor concerts for its three-week-long summer season, aptly titled ‘Gather,’ ” writes Jasmine Liu in Wednesday’s (7/7) San Francisco Classical Voice. “Those who have purchased tickets to see performances indoors will be among the first … to fill the seats in Music @ Menlo’s new home: the Spieker Center for the Arts. Until now, Music @ Menlo has rented facilities in the community for its concerts…. [The] intimate 384-seat capacity hall [is] outfitted with cutting-edge acoustic design and an open lobby space. It additionally includes administrative offices on-site for Music @ Menlo administration…. ‘Music @ Menlo has finally come home. To have all of our activities on this campus—it’s a game changer for us,’ Music @ Menlo Executive Director Edward Sweeney says…. The Spieker Center features sound isolation on its mechanical equipment and good ambient acoustics…. Spieker Center … concerts [will be] hosted by Music @ Menlo … between July 16 and Aug. 1. The festival will kick off with the world premiere of Patrick Castillo’s piece Gather … performed by festival co-founders David Finckel and Wu Han…. Performances will be livestreamed.”