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Chris Rogerson Clarinet Quintet Commission

Chamber Music Northwest commissions Chris Rogerson to write a clarinet quintet for David Shifrin and the Dover Quartet.

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Chamber Music Northwest (CMNW) has commissioned Chris Rogerson to compose a clarinet quintet to be performed by clarinetist David Shifrin with the Dover Quartet during our 47th annual Summer Festival in July 2017.  Chris has not yet begun work on the quintet, but his preliminary idea is to write a suite of Italian dances, approximately 20 minutes in length.

CMNW is excited to bring Chris back to Portland, as he served as our young Protégé Project Composer-in-Residence in 2015. As a part of his residency that summer, CMNW commissioned and premiered a new work from Chris. We were so impressed with Chris’ work and audience reaction to it that we immediately committed to commissioning a major work from Chris for 2017 or 2018. When Chris approached us about a potential project with the Dover Quartet – also former CMNW Protégé Project artists and Portland favorites – we jumped at the chance of having them partner to create this new quintet with David Shifrin.

Since that time, his career has skyrocketed: He has received commissions and performances from orchestras such as the San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, New World Symphony and Buffalo Philharmonic. Chamber music collaborators include the Attacca, Brentano, Dover, JACK, and Jasper Quartets, artists such as Ida Kavafian, Anne-Marie McDermott, and CMNW Artistic Director David Shifrin, as well as members of the Guarneri and Orion Quartets.

He has gained a following in Oregon. His most recent commission from the Oregon Symphony was premiered in September 2016; his chamber work for violin and flute (originally premiered by CMNW in 2015) was performed by violinist Rebecca Anderson and flautist Adam Eccleston in March 2016 at a benefit concert for Bravo Youth Orchestras; his work has also been performed by Portland’s Third Angle New Music Ensemble. We anticipate an enthusiastic audience for Chris’s return to Portland. We will organize several free community activities and events for audiences to learn more about his work and creative process through a pre-concert “Musical Conversation,” as well as an informal “Coffee with the Composer” discussion, a masterclass with young composers, and a feature interview on All Classical 89.9 FM radio, among other activities.

CMNW makes a commitment to broader dissemination of each new work we commission through its recording and release. Each rehearsal and performance of Rogerson’s quintet will be recorded, plus an additional “touch-up” session, if needed. The quintet will likely be included on a new commercially released CD on Delos featuring new American clarinet quintets recently commissioned and premiered by CMNW, including new works by Peter Schickele (2015), Aaron Jay Kernis (2013), and Richard Danielpour (2016).

Chris served as the Composer-in-Residence for the Amarillo Symphony for 2014-2016. Recent commissions include a clarinet concerto for New York Philharmonic principal clarinetist Anthony McGill, Chicago Sinfonietta, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, and Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia.

Born in 1988, Chris studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale, and Princeton. He is co-founder and co-artistic director of Kettle Corn New Music.

Project Media

Summer Night Music for Piano Quartet
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Features: Chris Rogerson

SUMMER NIGHT MUSIC, FOR PIANO QUARTET (2012)
by Chris Rogerson

I. TWILIGHT / II. FIREFLIES
III. EVENING PRAYERS
IV. SLEEP MUSIC

Duration: 20 minutes
Commissioned by the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington

Premiered by Jasmine Lin, Burchard Tang, Priscilla Lee, and Alessio Bax at Fasig-Tipton Pavilion in Lexington, Kentucky

Chris Rogerson: Second String Quartet, Mvt. 1 Canzonetta: Sweetness
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STRING QUARTET NO. 2 (2013)

This recording is of the 1st movement only. The entire work includes:

I. CANZONETTA: SWEETNESS
II. INTERMEZZO: DANCE
III. CHORALE: STILLNESS

Duration: 24 minutes

Commissioned by the Buffalo Chamber Music Society for the Attacca Quartet

Chris Rogerson: Second String Quartet, Mvt. 2, Intermezzo
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STRING QUARTET NO. 2 (2013)

This recording is of the 2nd movement only. The entire work includes:

I. CANZONETTA: SWEETNESS
II. INTERMEZZO: DANCE
III. CHORALE: STILLNESS

Duration: 24 minutes

Commissioned by the Buffalo Chamber Music Society for the Attacca Quartet

Start and End Dates

07/24/201707/25/2017

Location

Portland, Oregon

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Portland, Oregon
Now in its 48th season, Chamber Music Northwest serves thousands of people in Oregon and SW Washington with exceptional chamber music through over 100 events annually, including Summer and Winter festivals, concerts in alternative venues, outreach activities, educational programs, broadcasts, and innovative collaborations with other arts groups. CMNW is the only chamber music festival of…

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