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Ida Kavafian coaches PYP students in January 2015
Ida Kavafian coaches PYP students in January 2015

Our 45th anniversary season was a big celebration – hundreds of events featuring dozens of the world’s best artists, serving over 20,000 people of all ages – thanks to your support! Check out the 2015 Annual Report below for more details about our 45th season.

Chamber Music Northwest is now gearing up for our 3rd annual Winter Festival, running January 26 through February 1, 2016. The Festival, entitled "Masterpieces Reimagined," will include six concerts, two coaching sessions, an open rehearsal, a master class, and other outreach performances and joint lectures in collaboration with our collegiate partners, Reed College and Portland State University.

We are continuing our partnership with Portland Youth Philharmonic, and will feature their chamber ensembles in performances prior to our main-stage concerts. Dozens of young musicians will have the opportunity to be coached by CMNW festival artists. Previous coaching sessions have been extremely rewarding and inspiring to students, as seen in this thank you note from a PYP student from last year's Winter Festival:

“Thank you so much for giving me the wonderful opportunity to participate in CMNW through a pre-concert performance and a coaching with Steven Tenenbom … The pre-concert performance was really fun, and I would love it if PYP would collaborate with you in the future. Most of all, I am extremely grateful for the experience of working with Mr. Tenenbom. His effect on the ensemble was magical, and I will never forget it. I cannot fathom how fortunate I really am to have had these opportunities and again, I thank you very much.”

Our upcoming Winter Festival and educational programming would not be possible without the dedicated support of people like you! Thank you so much for your generosity in partnering with Chamber Music Northwest to bring great chamber music to Portland.

Q&A at an Open Rehearsal in Summer 2015
Q&A at an Open Rehearsal in Summer 2015

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Instrument Petting Zoo prior to Family Concert
Instrument Petting Zoo prior to Family Concert

Chamber Music Northwest celebrated its 45th anniversary this year with an incredible five-week Summer Festival.

In addition to our 25 main-stage performances featuring classic masterworks by composers like Brahms, Bach, and Beethoven, we also produced a new series of contemporary music, Club Concerts in alternative venues, two free community concerts, a family concert, and a large-scale gala dinner and concert. Our education programming expanded dramatically, with a new series of free lunches with our commissioned composers, a class in partnership with Portland State University, a lecture, three masterclasses, and six open rehearsals.

All of these activities took place in various venues throughout Portland. In addition to our primary venues of the picturesque Reed College in Southeast Portland and easily-accessible Portland State downtown, we also had events at the Portland Art Museum, Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, the Alberta Rose Theatre, BodyVox Dance Center, Jimmy Mak’s jazz club, Portland Center Stage, and even visited the city of Eugene. We were all over town, providing excellent chamber music experiences to the greater Portland area.

Our 2015 Protégé Project brought to Portland 12 young rising stars: Jay Campbell, cello; Evanna Chiew, mezzo-soprano; Nikki Chooi, violin; Julia Hsu, piano; Chris Rogerson, composer; Yevgeny Yontov, piano; Angelo Xiang Yu, violin; and the Akropolis Reed Quintet, comprised of Timothy Gocklin, oboe; Kari Dion, clarinet; Andrew Koeppe, bass clarinet; Matt Landry, saxophone; and Ryan Reynolds, bassoon.

These young artists received coaching and mentoring from CMNW veteran Festival Artists, performing side-by-side with them on many main-stage concerts. In turn, the Protégés coached young student musicians at regional music camps and education programs, inspiring a new generation of students.

Some Festival highlights:

  • Our concerts this season featured 7 world premieres, West Coast premieres, or NW premieres – many that we had a hand in commissioning – including new works by Kenji Bunch, David Lang, Aaron Jay Kernis, Chris Rogerson, David Fulmer, David Schiff, and John Steinmetz.
  • We premiered an exciting evening of electrifying music and world premiere contemporary dance with Northwest Dance Project.
  • We introduced our audiences to Tango as chamber music through a sold-out performance featuring the internationally renowned musicians and composers of Tango for Musicians at Reed College.
  • A fantastic new “cultural exchange” with the Oregon Bach Festival, whereby we presented their concerts in Portland as a part of our festival, and they presented two of ours in Eugene as a part of their festival.
  • We successfully launched our New@Noon series of all contemporary music by living composers – with fantastic attendance for all three of these Friday noontime concerts.
  • A wildly successful 45th Anniversary Gala / Peter Schickele Birthday Celebration that was – according to many patrons – the most fun they have ever had at a CMNW event or gala of any kind (and we raised a lot of money for our education programs too)!

Total attendance for our Summer Festival concerts was about 15,500 people – our highest in a decade.  For the year concert, education, and community attendance and participation totaled more than 21,000 – a 20% increase over three years. Beyond numbers, we are pleased to see a significantly more diverse audience the past two years – younger, more culturally diverse, and growing.

This year’s Summer Festival would not have been possible – or nearly as successful – without the dedicated support of people like you! Thank you so much for your investment in Chamber Music Northwest, and for bringing chamber music to life in the greater Portland area.

Club Concert: BodyVox with Akropolis Reed Quintet
Club Concert: BodyVox with Akropolis Reed Quintet
Protege pianist Yevgeny Yontov demonstrates
Protege pianist Yevgeny Yontov demonstrates
Composer Kenji Bunch acknowledges his father
Composer Kenji Bunch acknowledges his father
Aaron Jay Kernis discusses his composition
Aaron Jay Kernis discusses his composition
Yevgeny Yontov, Paul Neubauer, and Evanna Chiew
Yevgeny Yontov, Paul Neubauer, and Evanna Chiew

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Mihai Marica coaches the cello section at MYS
Mihai Marica coaches the cello section at MYS

Last Tuesday morning, the Amphion String Quartet performed for 65 students in the I Have a Dream program at Reynolds Middle School. They sat on a small stage in front of a white board that read, “Do not be ashamed of your story for it will inspire others.”

This is an important message for these children. At Reynolds, 20% of the students are homeless and 98% qualify for free or reduced lunch.

The students were enraptured. They asked wonderful questions of the artists, and particularly enjoyed their performance of former Protégé Project artist Dan Schlosberg’s “Advance,” even requesting an encore of the viola cadenza.

The Amphion’s performance at Reynolds was just one of seven education and outreach activities they did during their spring education residency, serving more than 200 people. During their time here, the Amphion String Quartet:

  • did a side-by-side rehearsal with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. Amphion members sat in the orchestra, helping coach the young music students and leading by example.
  • coached string quartets from Portland Youth Philharmonic’s Youth String Ensemble (children about 9-10 years old) and Portland State University.
  • gave interactive performances at Bravo Youth Orchestra, VIBE of Portland, and the I Have a Dream Foundation at Reynolds Middle School.
  • and performed live at All Classical Radio’s weekly Thursdays @ Three show, broadcast to thousands of listeners over the radio waves and streaming online.

The Amphion String Quartet’s visit is special not only for the incredible opportunities and education they provide budding young musicians, but they are also a shining example of Chamber Music Northwest’s Protégé Project.

One of the first ensembles to participate in our intensive summer institute in 2011 and 2012, the Amphion String Quartet gained valuable experience and mentorship through the five-week Protégé program. Since then, they joined the roster of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two Program in fall 2013, and through LCCMS, the ensemble made its Alice Tully Hall debut in March 2014, about which the New York Times praised “the focused, forceful young Amphion String Quartet” for its “sharply detailed performances.” Amphion has now performed all over the country and the world, receiving numerous honors and critical acclaim.

These multi-dimensional education opportunities and success stories could not be possible without the generous support of people like you. Thank you for partnering with Chamber Music Northwest to create such great chamber music in Portland!

Violinist Katie Hyun speaks with a PYP student
Violinist Katie Hyun speaks with a PYP student
Amphion Quartet plays for the I Have a Dream Fdn
Amphion Quartet plays for the I Have a Dream Fdn

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PYP Coaching with Ida Kavafian
PYP Coaching with Ida Kavafian

Our second annual Winter Festival took place from January 27 through February 1, and it was incredible!  It was a week filled with amazing experiences and brilliant music: five concerts in different venues, three pre-concert performances by Portland Youth Philharmonic chamber ensembles, pre-concert talks, an open rehearsal, coaching sessions with young music students, and more – and you helped make it happen.

Here are just a few highlights from the action-packed week:

  • 1,423 people attended the five concerts of the Winter Festival, held at various venues throughout Portland.
  • The award-winning Dover Quartet visited a music history class at Reed College, where they discussed and demonstrated passages of the Beethoven String Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 407 for 22 students.
  • Peter Wiley, cellist, joined the Dover Quartet for a performance of Schubert’s Cello Quintet at All Classical 89.9 FM live on the air and for a studio audience of 47 people.
  • 34 people of all ages enjoyed an open rehearsal of the Bartok String Quartet No. 6, rehearsed by the Dover Quartet

And our biggest educational partnership of the Festival: Festival Artists violinist Ida Kavafian, violist Steve Tenenbom, and clarinetist David Shifrin coached chamber ensembles from the Portland Youth Philharmonic. These PYP ensembles then performed prior to each of CMNW’s main-stage concerts during the Winter Festival. The students had an incredible experience:

“Thank you so much for allowing us to learn from, and perform for you. There are few better ways to improve as a chamber player than from actual chamber players, and I feel like we learned a great deal from the coaching we were given.” – Brian Swihart (PYP student since 2012)

“… Working with Ms. Kavafian was unforgettable; the insights that she shared with us were invaluable and deeply memorable. She knew so much about the piece and everything she suggested took an immediate beneficial effect. I cannot thank you enough for allowing us to learn from such an esteemed individual.

I sincerely hope that this partnership between PYP and CMNW will continue to grow and flourish. Ms. Kavafian’s musical ideas made our performance on Sunday infinitely more powerful, and watching the audience give us a standing ovation was a moment of great joy. I hope many more musicians will also be able to experience something similar through future collaborations.” – Fumika Mizuno, violin (PYP student since 2008)

These kinds of programs will continue this spring when the Amphion String Quartet visits for a week-long residency in late May. They will be visiting schools, coaching ensembles from Portland Youth Philharmonic, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and Portland State University, visting Bravo! Youth Orchestra, and more.

Thank you for all your support in making these programs possible, and for being a valuable partner in creating great chamber music experiences for our community!

Intermission at Disjecta Art Center
Intermission at Disjecta Art Center
Open Rehearsal with the Dover Quartet
Open Rehearsal with the Dover Quartet
Opus One performs Schumann Piano Quartet, Op 47
Opus One performs Schumann Piano Quartet, Op 47

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Kids try out instruments at the "Petting Zoo"
Kids try out instruments at the "Petting Zoo"

Chamber Music Northwest had a pretty amazing 2014 – our first Winter Festival, celebrating the four seasons with music ranging from Vivaldi to Piazzolla and brand new works. Our 2014 Summer Festival was also a huge hit; with over 30 main stage concerts, 3 club concerts, and dozens of educational events like open rehearsals, master classes, and coachings.

We have a blast sharing these programs with you every year, bringing these incredible artists to Portland for five weeks in the summer, performing the best chamber music in the world.

It’s only with the support of music lovers like you that we’re able to bring 70 world-class musicians to Portland every year and produce these concerts. Thanks to your help, we were able to end our 2014 festival season in the black.

In just one month we’ll be in the thick of our 2nd Winter Festival! We have a full line up of concerts and education activities from January 27 through February 1, including:

  • 12 incredible artists presenting 5 concerts in 5 different venues
  • An open rehearsal for the general public to observe how these artists prepare for a concert
  • CMNW artists will coach Portland Youth Philharmonic chamber ensembles
  • Those PYP student ensembles will then perform prior to CMNW main stage concerts

Programming spans the centuries, with repertoire from Mozart and Beethoven to Stravinsky and Barber. We’ll also see the scope of chamber music vary from intimate piano duets to classic trios to larger sextets.

We couldn’t provide any of these music programs to our community without your support. Thank you so much for investing in Chamber Music Northwest and bringing great chamber music to the city of Portland!

David Shifrin presents a master class.
David Shifrin presents a master class.
 

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Location: Portland, OR - USA
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