Thursday, October 2, 2014, 8 PM
Chou Wen-chung Composer Portrait
Miller Theatre at Columbia University
NYNME, with guest conductor James Baker, is joined bythe Brenato String Quartet and Talujon for the evening's performance.
Ode to Eternal Pine (2009)
String Quartet No. 2 "Streams" (2003)
Echoes from the Gorge (1989)
Chou Wen-chung has played a vital role in the confluence of Eastern and Western musical traditions. Born in Yantai, Chou moved to New York to study at Columbia, where he later joined the faculty himself, mentoring important next-generation Chinese composers such as Tan Dun, Bright Sheng, and Zhou Long. He was a lifelong protégé of Edgard Varèse. This Portrait spans from the “frenzied explosions of percussion madness” (The New York Times) of Echoes from the Gorge to a string quartet commissioned in response to Bach’s Art of Fugue.
March 2014 -- NYNME's most recent commercial CD, "Richard Festinger: Diary of a Journey / The Coming of Age / Laws of Motion / A Dream Foretold (New York New Music Ensemble)" is now available on NAXOS.
October 2013 -- NYNME welcomes Sheree Clement as the organization's Executive Director.
Sept. 13, 2013: Steve Smith's article "25 Years at Miller Theatre" -- photo of Jean Kopperud's performance of John Eaton's "Don Quixote: A Theater Piece for Musicians" -- Miller Theatre, 2000.