On Wednesday, July 7 at 7 p.m. EST, Q2 streams the music of Edgard Varèse, including the New York premiere of the 8-hand piano version of the iconic Ameriques. Hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer at the Yamaha Piano Salon, this sneak preview concert of Lincoln Center Festival's Varèse: (R)evolution features musicians from the exciting ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble).
Varèse: (R)evolution at Lincoln Center Festival presents the entirety of Varèse's works over two evenings, with performances by the New York Philharmonic led by Alan Gilbert, the International Contemporary Ensemble led by the dynamic percussionist Steven Schick, So Percussion, Musica Sacra and the Oratorio Society led by Kent Tritle.
The five pairs of reserved seats for Q2 listeners to this sneak preview concert have been claimed. Thank you all for your submissions!
Complete Musical Program
Flutist and ICE founder Claire Chase opens the program with a performance of Varèse's signature Density 21.5 for solo flute:
Soprano Samantha Malk joins pianist Jacob Greenberg for Un Grand Sommeil Noir (A Long Black Sleep): a rarely heard, Debussy-colored gem from early in Varèse's career:
The New York premiere of the 8-hand, two-piano version of Ameriques with pianists Jacob Greenberg, Amy Williams, Amy Briggs and Thomas Rosenkranz:
Q2 is also pleased to offer this free Varèse Poème Électronique ringtone courtesy of ICE. Enjoy!