The 2012 Protege Project schedule is finalized and our third year will take us to some familiar places in Portland as well as some new venues. Our three Club Concerts will be:
In addition to the Club Concerts, our 2012 Proteges will join Festival artists for main stage concerts and will perform around town in free public outreach concerts and private events, including at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, and a joint show at PSU's Lincoln Hall with the renowned local modern dance company, BodyVox.
We hope you will join us for the exciting third year of the Protege Project! More details are available on our website at the following link:
We're pleased to announce that the 2012 Protege Project will for the first time include a Protege composer. This exciting new aspect of the program will give our 2012 Proteges the opportunity to collaborate with an emerging young composer to perform several new works in a number of concert settings. Our Protege composer in residence will be Katerina Kramarchuk: born in Moldova, raised in Oregon, and now studying at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music. We're looking forward to welcoming Katerina to CMNW for her festival debut this summer! For Katerina's biography and recorded clips of her compositions, please visit http://www.katerinakramarchuk.com/
As we make plans for our third summer with the Protege Project here at Chamber Music Northwest, we're looking forward to building on some of the successes from this past summer. We're delighted to announce the continuation of our groundbreaking collaboration with BodyVox Dance company, and we'll be expanding from one show to several. For a short clip of our joint show in July 2011, please follow this link:
2011 Protégé Project
In our 41st annual summer festival, we celebrated the second year of our exciting Protégé Project, presenting dynamic concerts to many sellout crowds. Designed as a training, performance and outreach program for outstanding young emerging artists, we invited 13 young musicians in their mid-20s to be in residence during the five-week festival. They were mentored and coached by CMNW festival artists, performed with their older colleagues on the CMNW stage, and presented their own “Club Concerts” in alternative venues. The Protégés also coached Portland-area music students at local summer music camps, performed at retirement communities, and presented other free CMNW summer outreach events.
The 2011 Protégé Project featured existing ensembles such as the Amphion String Quartet and the Yale Percussion Group, and also offered the musicians opportunities to perform in new combinations throughout the festival. The Protégés performed four Sunday night “club concerts” in alternative venues such as Mississippi Studios and Alberta Rose Theater, a series of intimate and informal events for audiences of around 200. The Protégés also performed many free outreach concerts around Portland, including at retirement communities, a downtown noon concert at the Oregon Historical Society, and family concert outside at Director Park with BodyVox dancers. A highlight of the season was the joint show with BodyVox, combining live music and dance to create a memorable event for a sellout crowd.
We are grateful for the support through Global Giving which helped us continue and expand this exciting new program.
2010 Protégé Project
Our major new initiative for Chamber Music Northwest’s 40th year was the “Protégé Project,” created to help develop the next musical generations of both artists and audiences. A dream of CMNW artistic director David Shifrin for many years, the program came to fruition as an overnight success last summer. Designed as a training, performance and outreach program for outstanding young emerging artists, we invited 13 young musicians in their mid-20s (including Portland violinist Becky Anderson, now a student at Curtis Institute) to be in residence during the five-week festival. They were mentored and coached by CMNW festival artists, performed with their older colleagues on the CMNW stage, and presented their own “Alt-Venue Series” of four concerts. The Protégés also coached Portland-area music students at local summer music camps, performed at retirement communities, and presented other free CMNW summer outreach events.
2011 Protégé Project
Building on our success in 2010, we are very pleased to be implementing the second year of the Protégé Project. Now CMNW’s most important education and outreach initiative, this ambitious and already-successful program will bring 13 young professional musicians embarking on chamber music careers to be in residence at Reed College during our five-week summer season for mentoring and performance opportunities on the CMNW stage and also at many other Portland venues.
On their own, the Protégé ensembles will perform four Sunday night “club concerts” in alternative venues such as Mississippi Studios and Alberta Rose Theater, for intimate and informal events for small audiences. The Protégés will also coach Portland-area music students at summer music workshops and camps, and they will perform many free outreach concerts around Portland, including at retirement communities, a downtown noon concert at the Oregon Historical Society, family concert outside at Director Park with BodyVox dancers. We will invite the public to free master classes each Friday morning, to observe the Protégé musicians in their coaching sessions with CMNW festival mentor artists.
The twin goals of our project are to train and develop the next generation of chamber music artists, and to provide performance opportunities for them. We feel it is wonderfully appropriate and fitting in our fourth decade – having given CMNW audiences the opportunity over the years to follow the careers of artists like Ida Kavafian, Edgar Meyer and dozens more – that we now have a formal program to build relationships with budding professional artists who will be the future of chamber music, and the future of CMNW. We are grateful for the support through Global Giving which helped us launch this exciting new program.
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