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Miró Quartet. Photo by Tom Emerson.

Chamber Music Northwest


Emerson String Quartet. Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco.

Chamber Music Northwest’s concerts aren’t just for show; they’re equally exciting for musicians to play. Not shackled to the classics, CMNW covers a wide range of genres, including baroque, jazz, and many world premieres from emerging artists and living composers. They also invite world-class ensembles and soloists to “mix it up” with new col- laborations, lending CMNW festivals and concerts a freshness that’s all too rare among chamber music experiences. Listeners and players alike perk up at the chance to partake.

Having flourished under the consistent leadership of internationally renowned clarinetist David Shifrin for the past 36 years, CMNW enters their 2016–17 season boasting some truly impressive numbers: They’ll present roughly 200 chamber music works, including seven world premieres, over the course of more than 100 events—50 of which will be free. They’ll feature as many as 150 of the world’s finest musicians, including a hand- ful of Grammy winners, 16 emerging young musicians (in their signature Protégé Project), and eight tango-playing luminaries from Buenos Aires.

From their Winter Festival to their Summer Festival, these chamber music afficionados continue a commitment to fill Portland with thrilling tones from around the world and throughout history.


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ARTSLANDIA APPLAUDS: how CMNW’s astute and adventurous chamber music programming both maintains and expands the genre.