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CMNW Virtual Summer Festival Week 4

July 9, 2020 | By Amy Mintonye
Marketing Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

CONTACT:     Amy Mintonye, Marketing Director

                       503-546-0187, amym@cmnw.org

VIRTUAL SUMMER FESTIVAL WEEK 4: Family concert, 20th Century Masterpieces, Peter Schickele (aka P.D.Q. Bach), and Beethoven trios “live”

(Portland, OR) July 9, 2020 – Chamber Music Northwest (CMNW)’s free Virtual Summer Festival continues with new digital concerts next week: a family-friendly presentation of The Carnival of the Animals premiering 10 am Monday, July 13; a concert of 20th-century music including Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring for piano, four hands premiering 7 pm PT Monday, July 13; a celebration of the work by composer and humorist Peter Schickele (aka P.D.Q. Bach) premiering 7 pm PT Thursday, July 16; and a new “live” performance of Beethoven trios by incoming CMNW Artistic Directors Gloria Chien and Soovin Kim plus Paul Watkins of the Emerson String Quartet premiering 7 pm PT Saturday, July 18 at CMNW.org and on Chamber Music Northwest’s YouTube channel. Concerts are available until 11:59 pm PT the day after the premiere.

In the first of two family-friendly concerts during the Virtual Summer Festival, Chamber Music Northwest takes you to the zoo with Saint-Saëns famous The Carnival of the Animals premiering 10 am PT Monday, July 13 available all week through Sunday, July 19 at 11:59 pm PT. Enjoy an auditory parade of lions, elephants, kangaroos, and more in this fun, family-friendly performance with entertaining narration by pianist Orion Weiss. A concert activity guide with fun facts and activities for the adventurous young listener is available for download to accompany the concert.

Enjoy 20th century works by Stravinsky, Bartók & Shostakovich premiering 7 pm PT Monday, July 13 available through 11:59 pm PT Tuesday, July 14. Enjoy electrifying performances by incoming CMNW Artistic Directors, pianist Gloria Chien and violinist Soovin Kim, with “woodwind god” (Portland Mercury) and retiring CMNW Artistic Director David Shifrin and rising star cellist Sophie Shao, followed by Stravinsky’s powerhouse The Rite of Spring for piano, four hands (two pianists, one piano) performed by virtuosos Anne-Marie McDermott and Gilles Vonsattel.

Celebrate the work of composer and humorist Peter Schickele (aka P.D.Q. Bach) on his 85th birthday! Concert premieres Thursday, July 16 at 7 pm PT available through Friday, July 17 at 11:59 pm PT and includes Schickele’s acclaimed Spring Forward clarinet quintet, commissioned and premiered by CMNW in 2014, and more of his serious (and silly) music performed by Peter Schickele himself, David Shifrin, the Miró Quartet, Tara Helen O’Connor, Hamilton Cheifetz, and more.

In a new exclusive performance from their hometown of Boston premiering 7 pm PT Saturday, July 18 available through 11:59 pm PT Sunday, July 19, future Artistic Directors pianist Gloria Chien and violinist Soovin Kim plus cellist Paul Watkins from the Emerson String Quartet will play Beethoven piano trio masterpieces. Go on the journey from Beethoven’s first piano trio to the nearly symphonic in scope “Archduke Trio” – a cornerstone of chamber music repertoire.

Through July 26, new Virtual Summer Festival concerts will premiere each Monday, Thursday, and Saturday at 7 pm PT and will be available until 11:59 pm PT the next day at CMNW.org and on Chamber Music Northwest’s YouTube channel. Upcoming concerts include a family-friendly presentation of Bruce Adolphe’s Marita and Her Heart’s Desire premiering July 20; new “live” performance by Grammy Award-winning Edgar Meyer July 23 and 24, and David Shifrin’s final concert as Chamber Music Northwest Artistic Director July 25 and 26. Full schedule available at CMNW.org.

Though Chamber Music Northwest has canceled its traditional ticketed Summer Festival and is offering free digital programming instead, the organization is committed to its musicians and staff. Chamber Music Northwest has paid all 88 Summer Festival musicians half of their compensation to assist them at this challenging time and has committed to continued employment for its year-round staff.

Virtual Summer Festival

Free! June 22- July 26 | tune in at CMNW.org or Chamber Music Northwest’s YouTube channel

Full schedule at https://cmnw.org/concerts-tickets/virtual-summer-festival

Family Concert: Carnival of the Animals

Premieres Monday, July 13 at 10 am PT, available through Sunday, July 19 at 11:59 pm PT

Chamber Music Northwest takes you to the zoo with Saint-Saëns famous The Carnival of the Animals! Enjoy an auditory parade of lions, elephants, kangaroos, and more in this fun, family-friendly performance with entertaining narration by pianist Orion Weiss.

https://cmnw.org/concerts-tickets/virtual-summer-festival/family-concert-carnival-of-the-animals/1141

20th Century Masters: Stravinsky, Bartók & Shostakovich

Premieres Monday, July 13 at 7 pm PT, available through Tuesday, July 14 at 11:59 pm PT

Our future Artistic Directors pianist Gloria Chien and violinist Soovin Kim and friends perform masterpieces by Bartók and Shostakovich, followed by Stravinsky’s powerhouse The Rite of Spring for piano four hands performed by pianists Anne-Marie McDermott and Gilles Vonsattel.

https://cmnw.org/concerts-tickets/virtual-summer-festival/20th-century-masters-stravinsky-bartok-shostakovich/1113

Peter Schickele Celebration

Premieres Thursday, July 16 at 7 pm PT, available through Friday, July 17 at 11:59 pm PT

Celebrate the great American composer and humorist Peter Schickele (aka P.D.Q. Bach) on his 85th birthday! Our program will include his acclaimed Spring Forward clarinet quintet, commissioned and premiered by CMNW in 2014, plus selections of his serious (and silly) music.

https://cmnw.org/concerts-tickets/virtual-summer-festival/peter-schickele-celebration/1114

CMNW LIVE from Boston: Beethoven’s Archduke Trio & More

Premieres Saturday, July 18 at 7 pm PT, available through Sunday, July 19 at 11:59 pm PT

In this new exclusive performance from their hometown of Boston, future Artistic Directors Gloria Chien and Soovin Kim, plus cellist Paul Watkins from the Emerson String Quartet, will play Beethoven piano trio masterpieces from his first to his masterful “Archduke Trio.”

https://cmnw.org/concerts-tickets/virtual-summer-festival/beethovens-archduke-trio-more/1116


Family Concert: Marita and Her Heart’s Desire

Premieres Monday, July 20 at 10 am PT, available through Sunday, July 26 at 11:59 pm PT

Written specifically for young audiences new to chamber music, Bruce Adolphe’s Marita and Her Heart’s Desire tells the magical, mysterious, and funny story of a girl who believes the moon can grant her heart’s desire. She sets off to talk to the moon and on her way, she is joined by a clarinet cat, a trombone rat, bassoon dog, and piccolo mouse.

https://cmnw.org/concerts-tickets/virtual-summer-festival/family-concert-marita-and-her-hearts-desire/1142

Protégés at the Alberta Rose

Premieres Monday, July 20 at 7 pm PT, available through Tuesday, July 21 at 11:59 pm PT

Discover the next generation of classical music stars in this program of Ravel, Mozart, and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time performed by Chamber Music Northwest Protégé Project artists and mentors. Chamber Music Northwest’s Protégé Project is a world-class professional residency for emerging professional musicians. Since its founding in 2010, Chamber Music Northwest’s Protégé Project has played a key role in launching the professional careers of dozens of America’s finest young chamber musicians.

https://cmnw.org/concerts-tickets/virtual-summer-festival/proteges-at-the-alberta-rose/1117

CMNW LIVE from Nashville: Edgar Meyer & Friends

Premieres Thursday, July 23 at 7 pm PT, available through Friday, July 24 at 11:59 pm PT

In a new exclusive performance from his home in Nashville, Grammy Award-winning bassist and composer Edgar Meyer and his family and friends will treat us to an evening of classical and crossover music, including a world premiere composed by his son and CMNW Protégé George Meyer.

https://cmnw.org/concerts-tickets/virtual-summer-festival/edgar-meyer-friends-from-nashville/1118

Summer Festival Grand Finale!

Premieres Saturday, July 25 at 7 pm PT, available through Sunday, July 26 at 11:59 pm PT

In his final performance as Chamber Music Northwest Artistic Director, David Shifrin will treat us to the world premiere of a new clarinet solo written for him by David Ludwig and revisit great performances of Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C Minor with solos by oboist Allan Vogel and violinist Soovin Kim and more.

https://cmnw.org/concerts-tickets/virtual-summer-festival/summer-festival-grand-finale/1119

ABOUT CHAMBER MUSIC NORTHWEST 

Now in its 50th season, Chamber Music Northwest shares the richness and diversity of chamber music with more than 50,000 people through 80 events annually, including our Summer Festival of outstanding concerts, illuminating outreach activities, educational programs supporting young musicians, and innovative collaborations across the Portland Metro region. 

As one of the nation’s leading chamber music presenters, Chamber Music Northwest brings to our community the world’s greatest musicians and composers, from rising-star members of our Protégé Project and exceptional local musicians to world-renowned artists that include Grammy Award winners, Avery Fisher Prize honorees, and MacArthur “Genius Award” recipients. Together they collaborate to perform the expansive 500-year chamber music repertoire, ranging from beloved classics and hidden masterpieces to contemporary works and less conventional projects. 

Chamber Music Northwest is an international leader in celebrating chamber music’s enduring relevance and diversity, with more than 100 commissions and premieres of new works as well as its Protégé Project, which cultivates the next generation of dynamic chamber music performers by supporting exceptional, early-career chamber musicians and composers in their professional development.

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