Chamber Music Northwest’s four-week festival, with premieres by Neikrug, Ludwig

Posted on: July 13, 2021

Chamber Music Northwest launched its four-week summer festival season at Reed College in Portland, Oregon on July 1 with CMNW Artistic Directors Gloria Chien and Soovin Kim and the conductorless East Coast Chamber Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings and Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Strings. The season of 17 concerts is being performed in person for limited audiences as well as online. Featured music this summer includes the world premiere of Marc Neikrug’s A Song by Mahler, previously scheduled to premiere at the 2020 Summer Festival; and David Ludwig’s Les Adieux for clarinet and chamber ensemble commissioned to honor CMNW Artistic Director Emeritus David Shifrin in 2020. Pianist and composer Matan Porat will perform improvisational accompaniment for free screenings of Buster Keaton’s silent films at outdoor community concerts in Gresham and North Portland. The live festival concerts will be professionally recorded and streamed online beginning on July 15, with access through August 31 at the organization’s website