At 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct 10, Cued Up on Q2 presents a cocktail of music by the 20th century heavyweight, Edgard Varèse, and his celebrated disciple, Chou Wen-Chung. Straight from New York City -- a home to both composers -- Q2 spotlights two concerts: a sneak preview performance of Lincoln Center's Varèse (R)evolution hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer from the Yamaha Piano Salon and the recent evening at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space devoted to Chou Wen-chung, with host Nadia Sirota and the Brentano String Quartet.
Heralded as the father of electronic music, Varèse influenced major names like Cage, Feldman, Messiaen and Xenakis. He also taught the influential music theorist James Tenney, and the distinguished Wen-chung, whose music is as much influenced by Chinese zither music as it is by his mentor.
Spanning 75 years of the composers’ works, the show includes a recent performance of Wen-Chung’s expansive string quartet, Clouds, and a New York premiere of the eight-hand piano version of Varèse’s iconic Ameriques. Listen to performances by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble, Brentano String Quartet, flutist Claire Chase and pianists Jenny Lin, Jacob Greenberg, Amy Williams, Amy Briggs and Thomas Rosenkranz.
Check out a video of the Brentano Quartet performing the music of Wen-chung in The Greene Space.