The Northwest New Music Ensemble

The concert showcased the music of two modern masters Tōru Takemitsu (1930-1996) and Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), both linked through the influence of the French master Claude Debussy. Featured on the program was Takemitsu’s Toward the Sea (1981) for alto flute and marimba and Rain Tree (1981) for percussion trio; Debussy’s Syrinx (1913) for solo flute; and Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano.

Listen to the Concert

01. Rain Tree icon

02. Syrix icon

03. Toward the Sea icon

04. Quatuor pour la fin du temps icon

Diane Chaplin and Florian Conzetti founded Northwest New Music in 2010 to develop a contemporary chamber music community for audiences, students, composers, artists from other disciplines, and performers through educational projects, commissions, collaborative projects, recordings, and performances.

Cellist Diane Chaplin currently works as Production Manager for Portland's Metropolitan Youth Symphony, co-directs both the Chamber Music Camp of Portland and the Chamber Music Academy of Portland, and conducts the Oregon Pro Arte Youth Chamber Orchestra and Pro Arte Conservatory Strings. Chaplin was formerly the cellist of the Colorado String Quartet.

Percussionist Florian Conzetti is an active performer in orchestra, chamber and solo repertoire. His extensive background in new music performance has included Music@Menlo, CalPerformances, Stanford Lively Arts, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players, Meridian Arts Ensemble, and Alarm Will Sound. Conzetti is on the faculties of Portland State University and Linfield College.

Oct. 11, 2011
Hudson Concert Hall, Willamette University