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The Chamber Music Northwest Presents Cellist Alisa Weilerstein & Pianist Inon Barnatan With THE SINGING CELLO

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The Chamber Music Northwest Presents Cellist Alisa Weilerstein & Pianist Inon Barnatan With THE SINGING CELLO

The Chamber Music Northwest 2020-21 Season continues with superstar cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan with The Singing Cello program. This virtual concert premieres Saturday, January 30 at 7 pm PT on, and can be streamed through Saturday, February 6. In connection with this concert, CMNW will host a live Musical Conversation with Grammy Award-winning American composer Joan Tower on Tuesday, January 26 at 6 pm PT. This event is hosted by Soovin Kim, one of Chamber Music Northwest's artistic directors. The Musical Conversation series is free and can be accessed on the CMNW website.

Alisa Weilerstein makes the cello sing as if it were her own voice, and is acclaimed for her commanding performances of the classics of the cello repertoire. In performances marked by intensity, sensitivity, and a wholehearted immersion in each of the works she interprets. "Weilerstein is a consummate performer, combining technical precision with impassioned musicianship," stated the MacArthur Foundation when awarding Alisa Weilerstein a 2011 MacArthur 'Genius Award'.

Weilerstein is joined by pianist Inon Barnatan who has appeared at CMNW in recent seasons. Barnatan is celebrated for his poetic sensibility, musical intelligence, and consummate artistry."

From CMNW Artistic Directors Gloria Chien and Soovin Kim: "We are thrilled to present the passionate cellist Alisa Weilerstein in this program of favorites by Manuel De Falla and Sergei Rachmaninoff, played with her longtime duo partner Inon Barnatan. Inon is not only a star pianist but is also a fellow artistic director of La Jolla Summerfest, one of the country's premiere chamber music festivals. It is such a pleasure to feature Alisa and Inon as part of our first season with CMNW!"

Recorded in The Baker-Baum Concert Hall at The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in La Jolla, California, this dynamic concert will begin with Manuel De Falla's Spanish Suite Populaire Espagnole, inspired by Spanish folk music. The Suite features seven wildly entertaining and diverse songs from different parts of Spain: an asturiana is from Asturias, in the north; the seguidilla, a type of flamenco from Murcia in the southeast, "Jota" is from Aragón in the northeast. "Nana" is a lullaby, and "Polo" a wild desire for revenge on an unfaithful lover.

Sergei Rachmaninoff's last chamber work - his lush Sonata for Cello & Piano in G Minor, Op. 19 - is filled with Russian romanticism and passion. Rachmaninoff himself played the terrifyingly difficult piano part for its premiere in 1901, along with a role for the cello that is its equal in every way. Few composers before him so deeply explored the cello's capacity for expressive tenderness and emotional intensity, and the pairing is as intense and passionate as his great piano works and symphonies.

Explore the music further in a free live Musical Conversation with Grammy Award winner and Grand Dame of American composers Joan Tower on Tuesday, January 26 at 6 pm PT at Tower has been among the most influential American composers for the last 50 years. In addition to her many orchestral and chamber works, she has written an unusual number of pieces for solo single-voice instruments such as the violin, viola, flute, and clarinet. In this Musical Conversation, Chamber Music Northwest's Artistic Director Soovin Kim will speak with her about the potent expression inherent in a solitary voice. The conversation will include a Q&A that invites questions from the audience at home.


2021 Season All-Access Passes: $99
Single Concert Passes: $20
Musical Conversation series: Free

Alisa Weilerstein & Inon Barnatan: The Singing Cello

Saturday, January 30, 2021, 7 pm PT at
Live Musical Conversation on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 6 pm PT at

Technically flawless and deeply expressive" (The New York Times), Alisa Weilerstein makes the cello sing as if it were her own voice. Weilerstein is known for her commanding performances of the classics of the cello repertoire. Renowned pianist Inon Barnatan joins her for this dynamic performance program featuring Manuel De Falla's Spanish folk-inspired Suite Populaire Espagnole, and Rachmaninoff's rapturous Cello Sonata. cello/1059


Catalyst Quartet: Uncovered

Saturday, February 13, 2021, 7 pm PT at
Live Musical Conversation on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 6 pm PT at

The Catalyst Quartet combines a serious commitment to diversity, education, and contemporary works with virtuosic playing "reminiscent of great quartets of the past such as the Guarneri and Budapest" (Richmond Times). The quartet was founded by the Sphinx Organization, a social justice organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. In this concert, celebrate the music of important black composers Coleridge-Taylor, Price, and Perkinson with selections from the quartet's upcoming CD release Uncovered, which strives to highlight works by classical composers previously overlooked because of their race or gender. events/catalyst-quartet-uncovered/1196

Fleur Barron & Julius Drake: Winter Journey (Winterreise)

Saturday, February 27, 2021, 7 pm PT at
Live Musical Conversation on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 6 pm PT at

Mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron is the winner of Tanglewood Festival's 2016 Jackson Prize, awarded to one outstanding young vocalist each year. Internationally-renowned pianist Julius Drake is the perfect accompaniment to Barron's "thrillingly dark and rich-veined mezzo" (Seen and Heard International). Experience this unique presentation of Schubert's Winterreise - a lieder traditionally performed by a tenor - sung by the mesmerizing Barron. drake-winter-journey-winterreise/1166

Goldmund Quartet: Europe's Rising Stars

Saturday, March 20, 2021, 7 pm PT at
Live Musical Conversation on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 6 pm PT at

Hailed as one of the most exciting young string quartets in the world, the Goldmund Quartet's exquisitely refined playing has been awarded prizes at major competitions such as the Wigmore, Melbourne, and ARD Munich, and are the Rising Stars of the European Concert Hall Organization. In this concert, hear the Goldmund perform dramatic chamber works written by Puccini, Strauss, and Schubert on their historic set of Stradivari instruments once owned by the great virtuoso Niccolò Paganini. stars/1057

Parker Quartet: Inventive & Inspired

Saturday, April 24, 2021, 7 pm PT at
Live Musical Conversation on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 6 pm PT at

Inspiring performances, luminous sound, and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. Renowned as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation for their purity of sound and the depth of their music, the Parker Quartet will apply their "exceptional virtuosity [and] imaginative interpretation" (The Washington Post) to compositions by three masterful composers representing the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries including Beethoven's spiritual Heiliger Dankgesang string quartet. quartet-inventive-inspired/1193

Kenari Quartet: Transforming Perceptions of the Sax

Saturday, May 15, 2021, 7 pm PT at; $20 or free with All-Access Pass
Free live Musical Conversation on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 6 pm PT at

Applauded for their "flat-out amazing" performances and "stunning virtuosity" (Cleveland Classical), the Kenari Quartet's larger-than-life personalities pop off the stage. The unique style and flair of this Protégé Project alumni all-saxophone ensemble electrified Chamber Music Northwest audiences in 2018. Their triumphant return to the CMNW stage will feature modern and contemporary work plus improvisation. events/kenari-quartet-transforming-perceptions-of-the-sax/1062

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