Date(s) - Wednesday, Feb 19
Conrad Prebys Music Center
Remembering Chou Wen-chung
One of the 20th century’s most important musicians, Professor Chou Wen-chung died at the end of October, leaving behind a wealth of extraordinary music, and a legacy of stewardship. He paved the way for many young composers, especially those with roots in Asia, and his abiding devotion to the music of his mentor, Edgard Varèse, changed the way many of us heard this great composer of the 20th century.
Beginning with one of his most ambitious pieces, Echoes from the Gorge for percussion quartet, red fish blue fish pays tribute to Chou Wen-Chung. We will also perform music by two of his most important students, our colleagues, Chinary Ung and Lei Liang. Edgard Varèse, paterfamilias of American experimental music, will also make an appearance. Through this and other music, we will hear the many ways that Chou Wen-chung lives on.
Part 1: Echoes – Roger Reynolds, comments from the stage
Chou Wen-Chung – Echoes from the Gorge
Steven Schick, James Beauton, Fiona Digney, and Garrett Mendelow
Chinary Ung – Cinnabar Heart
Rebecca Lloyd-Jones, marimba
Lei Liang – Trans (Quartet Version)
Michael Jones, Rebecca Lloyd Jones, Matthew LeVeque, and Steven Schick
Consulting artist, Yao Lu
Part 2: Rain – Steven Schick Comments from the Stage (5-8’)
Michael Pisaro – ricefall
Edgard Varèse – Poème Electronique