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Classical Notes: July 27, 2006 Archive

As Seen on TV

Posted at 7:58 AM on July 27, 2006 by Rex Levang

Classical music fans show up all over the place, including the Twin Cities media world.

Any guesses who's describing his/her musical tastes here?

As far as music goes. That's extremely varied. I can't list them all obviously, there are too many. I'm a HUGE classical music fan, and love anything with a french horn, organ, or strings. But I do really love almost all music. Classical takes up the majority of my space. Some of my favorite pieces are Mozart's Requiem in D, and almost anything by Bach.

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Menlo: no one's anonymous

Posted at 10:38 AM on July 27, 2006 by Brian Newhouse (1 Comments)
Filed under: Concerts

It was just a little side comment, but it opened up this whole festival for me. I was talking with Patrick Castillo, artistic administrator for Music@Menlo, and mentioning how much the Festival seems to have grown since I was here two years ago. Three weeks of concerts instead of two, over 100 volunteers instead of a few dozen, a burgeoning cadre of interns who want to learn festival-izing from these pros...Menlo is bigger than ever—oh, and every concert is immediately sold out. In the parlance of Silicon Valley (where Menlo's nestled), all of this means that demand is ahead of supply, a metric the Valley learned the hard way a half-dozen or so years ago. So with growth all around you, Patrick, whats next? Just more and bigger?

He smiled and looked out the window. "One of the things that makes this all work is the scale. For now, it's small enough so that no one's anonymous here."

I love that. No ones anonymous. You see one of the world's greatest musicians in intense rehearsal with a group of 18-year-olds, or the lead administrator helping a cellist schlep his instrument and a clutch of music stands across campus before a concert, and a dozen similar acts of community every day. You're known here. Can you say the same of your workplace? If not, why not? And is "we're too big" a very satisfying answer?

Music@Menlo may become the next big American music festival, just as big Aspen or Marlboro, but for now small is definitely beautiful.

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