with University of Chicago New Music Ensemble
The New Music Ensemble’s winter quarter concert explores the music’s of Chinese and Chinese-American composers, as part of the University of Chicago’s 2014 Envisioning China Festival. Lu Wang’s Cross Around for 15 players, written in 2010 on commission from the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne in Canada to accompany a pre-constructed video by Leighton Pierce, forms the central work on the program. Wang’s evocative musical essay, in perfect balance with the video, contemplates life’s treasured moments of interaction – across, around, and between – of stars, people, events, thoughts, and sounds. Also on the program: the dynamic ensemble Third Coast Percussion, praised by The Guardian for the “special fluency and zest that sets them apart”, presenting Lei Liang’s Lakescape II and Alexandre Lunsqui’s Shi as part of their winter quarter residency at the University of Chicago. Yuan-Chen Li’s Reminiscence is also featured, and Artist-in-Residence Amy Briggs and duo-piano partner Daniel Schlosberg perform Ligeti’s Three Pieces for Two Pianos and a selection of György Kurtag’s Games on the second half of the program. NME Artistic Director Barbara Schubert conducts.
Pre-concert discussion with Anthony Cheung, 7pm
Reception to follow