Chamber Music Northwest held its inaugural Winter Festival from January 22-26, 2014. We had four concerts of great music inspired by the seasons, from Schubert’s Winterreise song cycle to Piazzolla’s “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.”
One of the most exciting moments of our Winter Festival was our Saturday morning Family Open Rehearsal of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. It was the first family-friendly performance we’ve done in years, and nearly 100 children and parents joined us for an interactive rehearsal with Ida Kavafian, Portland’s own Becky Anderson, the Amphion Quartet and other artists.
The kids were enrapt. They clapped at “inappropriate” times. Some danced. Others asked questions like “Do you enjoy playing your violin like I do mine?” And, many expressed bitter disappointment that at the end of the hour that we had only gotten as far as “Autumn.” Can you imagine – children disappointed that they didn’t get to hear all four of Vivaldi’s seasons?
It’s moments like this that really capture why we love chamber music so much. Its intimacy, energy, variety, and infinite range have an enduring ability to move us, whether we are old or young.
Our inaugural Winter Festival served over 1,200 patrons at the four performances, and 236 additional people at the various free education events, including the Family Open Rehearsal. Thank you so much for investing in Chamber Music Northwest as a partner in creating great chamber music in our community. And, thank you for sharing your love of chamber music with more than 60,000 people throughout the year – young and old – through your gift.
For 2014, ten young emerging artists will join some of the world's greatest classical musicians for Chamber Music Northwest's Summer Festival. For five weeks next summer, these Protégé Project musicians will play in multiple Portland venues—concert halls, nightclubs, theatre--earning rave reviews for their energy, passion and skill. The Protégés will also teach young music students, discuss music with audiences, and train with visiting nationally known chamber musicians.
The Protégé Project is a training and performance institute for young professionals, and for Portland audiences and music students, it is an exciting opportunity to witness the fresh energy and creativity of these musicians at the beginning of their careers. It's members this coming year and in the past have included some of classical music's brightest rising stars. After completing their five-week residency in Portland last summer, for example, The Dover String Quartet traveled directly to the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition where they took a near-sweep of prizes.
The Dover String Quartet (Bryan Lee, Joel Link, Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt and Camden Shaw) will return to Portland for 2014 along with new Proteges, to work alongside Chamber Music Northwest luminaries at the 2014 Summer Festival. Joining them will be:
For five weeks this summer as part of Chamber Music Northwest’s 2013 Summer Festival, the Protégé Project musicians played in multiple Portland venues—concert halls, nightclubs, theatre--and earned rave reviews for their energy, passion and skill. The Protégés also worked in multiple Portland venues, teaching young music students, discussing music with audiences, and training with visiting nationally known chamber musicians.
The Protégé Project is one of Chamber Music Northwest’s most exciting new initiatives.The 2013 Protégés included the Dover String Quartet, Violinist Benjamin Beilman, Pianist Yekwon Sunwoo, and Andy Akiho, a doctoral candidate at Princeton and a composer specializing in steel drum compositions and performance.
The Protégé Project is a training and performance institute for young professionals, and for Portland audiences and music students, it is an exciting opportunity to witness the fresh energy and creativity of these musicians at the beginning of their careers. After completing their five-week residency in Portland, for example, The Dover String Quartet traveled directly to the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition where they took a near-sweep of prizes.
The Dover String Quartet will return to Portland next year, along with new Proteges, to work alongside Chamber Music Northwest luminaries at the 2014 Summer Festival.
We're pleased to announce the participants in the 2013 Protege Project at Chamber Music Northwest:
Andy Akiho - composer, percussion
Ben Beilman - violin
Bryan Lee - violin
Joel Link - violin
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt - viola
Camden Shaw - cello
Yekwon Sunwoo - piano
These rising stars will be performing alongside festival veterans on our main stage and will be featured artists in our Club Concert series in informal, alternative venues around Portland. In addition, they will provide coaching and masterclasses for area music students and will perform in a number of free community outreach concerts for listeners of all ages. Stay tuned for more details on the Proteges' performance schedule in the coming months!
Early plans for our 4th Protege Project during the 2013 Summer Festival are coming together. We will bring an emerging young string quartet, recent graduates of a top conservatory. Look for the name of the ensemble to be revealed in a future update. We'll also bring a pianist and several wind players. The Protege Project will continue our popular club concerts with 3-4 shows in alternative venues around the city like the Doug Fir, Someday Lounge, and Alberta Rose Theater. Proteges will also lead workshops for local music students and perform in a number of free community outreach concerts. We look forward to sharing more with you as plans develop over the next few months!
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