(Portland, OR) July 9, 2020 – Chamber Music Northwest (CMNW), presenter of the largest chamber music festival in Oregon, is streaming two free family-friendly classical concerts – The Carnival of the Animals airing Monday, July 13 through Sunday, July 19 and Marita and Her Heart’s Desire airing Monday, July 20 through Sunday, July 26 at CMNW.org and on Chamber Music Northwest’s YouTube channel.
Take a trip to the zoo with Saint-Saëns famous The Carnival of the Animals premiering 10 am PT Monday, July 13 available all week through Sunday, July 19 at 11:59 pm PT. Enjoy an auditory parade of lions, elephants, kangaroos, and more in this fun, family-friendly performance with entertaining narration by pianist Orion Weiss. A concert activity guide with fun facts and activities for the adventurous young listener is available for download to accompany the concert. Learn more and watch here.
Urban fairytale Marita and Her Heart’s Desire, premiering Monday, July 20 at 10 am PT, available through Sunday, July 26 at 11:59 pm PT, tells the magical, mysterious, and funny story of a girl who believes the moon can grant her heart’s desire. She sets off to talk to the moon and on her way, she is joined by a clarinet cat, a trombone rat, bassoon dog, and piccolo mouse. A concert activity guide with fun facts and activities for the adventurous young listener is available for download to accompany the concert. Learn more and watch here.
Chamber Music Northwest is committed to arts accessibility and music education, and in addition to its free festival programs and family concerts, is providing free virtual masterclasses with virtuosos David Shifrin, Tara Helen O’Connor, and Daniel Phillips to talented local students. Tune into these masterclasses live or watch them the next day on our YouTube channel. Learn more and watch here.
Virtual Summer Festival
Full schedule at https://cmnw.org/concerts-
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Now in its 50th season, Chamber Music Northwest shares the richness and diversity of chamber music with more than 50,000 people through 80 events annually, including our Summer Festival of outstanding concerts, illuminating outreach activities, educational programs supporting young musicians, and innovative collaborations across the Portland Metro region.
As one of the nation’s leading chamber music presenters, Chamber Music Northwest brings to our community the world’s greatest musicians and composers, from rising-star members of our Protégé Project and exceptional local musicians to world-renowned artists that include Grammy Award winners, Avery Fisher Prize honorees, and MacArthur “Genius Award” recipients. Together they collaborate to perform the expansive 500-year chamber music repertoire, ranging from beloved classics and hidden masterpieces to contemporary works and less conventional projects.
Chamber Music Northwest is an international leader in celebrating chamber music’s enduring relevance and diversity, with more than 100 commissions and premieres of new works as well as its Protégé Project, which cultivates the next generation of dynamic chamber music performers by supporting exceptional, early-career chamber musicians and composers in their professional development.