Artistic directors kick off virtual season Oct. 10 with Bach sonatas; other concerts to follow

COURTESY PHOTO - Soovin Kim (left) and Gloria Chien are the husband and wife team leading Chamber Music Northwest.The new artistic directors of Chamber Music Northwest were anxiously awaiting the 2020-21 season, their first after succeeding David Shifrin.

While they're still excited, the husband and wife team of Soovin Kim and Gloria Chien are leading the organization forward with a season of nine virtual concerts.

The 2020-21 season, presenting works from Bach to Bartok and with pianos to saxophones, will feature performances by internationally renowned artists including cellist Alisa Weilerstein, pianist Marc-André Hamelin, clarinetist Anthony McGill, favorite Protégé Project alumni the Kenari Quartet, as well as Chien and Kim.

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If conditions allow, Chamber Music Northwest will present live, in-person concerts to a socially distanced audience in addition to the concert stream.

"We are pioneering a new model of producing digital performances for our audiences where their purchase of virtual tickets helps support our musicians," said Peter J. Bilotta, CMNW executive director, "while also allowing the artists to license the programs to other music organizations nationally.

"This dual revenue stream will allow us to support our musicians, retain our staff and bring inspiring music to our community and a national audience at a time when it is desperately needed."

The first concert features violinist Kim playing Bach sonatas and partitas at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.

The other concerts: Anthony McGill and Chien, Nov. 14; Marc-Andre Hamelin and Chien, Dec. 5; Catalyst Quartet, Feb. 13; Alisa Weilerstein, Jan. 30; Fleur Barron and Julius Drake, Feb. 27; Goldmund Quartet, March 20; Parker Quartet, April 24; and Kenari Quartet, May 15.

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