Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival
Sunday, July 30, 2017
"This venerable summer festival's first week, starring the legendary Emerson Quartet and other top musicians, touches on Eastern European, American (including a world premiere by one of our nation's finest composers, William Bolcom) and Russian music.
The second week turns the focus to female composers, including medieval abbess Hildegard of Bingen's The Play of the Virtues, sung by Portland's In Mulieribus choir on July 10. Also performed will be 21st century works by award winning composers Joan Tower, Ellen Zwilich, Caroline Shaw and more at PSU and Reed College. Both evening and shorter, affordable noon concerts offer music by Romantic-era and contemporary female composers, including premieres by emerging young composers Kati Agócs and Hannah Lash, along with Nokuthula Ngwenyama and Portland's own Bonnie Miksch.
In the festival's third week, old masters (Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Schumann) return, played by excellent young quartets (Dover and Calidore) and veteran musicians. New music takes over the fourth week. One show features music by acclaimed award winners Joan Tower, Julia Wolfe and Valerie Coleman. Another includes CMNW Protege composers Chris Rogerson and Daniel Schlosberg (inspired by the newly returned Twin Peaks), plus Bach and Poulenc. A third showcases woodwind works by African American composers, including works by Duke Ellington, performed by the superb Imani Winds. A PSU noon concert features music by Coleman and Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang, Wolfe's Bang on a Can composers collective co-founder. Then the concert series travels back to Bach for the closing concerts at Reed and PSU, featuring the ever-popular Brandenburg Concertos.
The festival also includes numerous free events, including talks, panel discussions, rehearsals and performances." – Oregon Arts Watch