Kaufman Music Center

Music of Chou Wen-chung

Thursday, February 20  |  8:00pm

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Talujon percussion quartet

Boston Musica Viva

Jayn Rosenfeld and Christopher Oldfather

Marsyas Productions honors composer
Chou Wen-chung with a very special 90th birthday
tribute concert featuring Boston Musica Viva,
Talujon, Jayn Rosenfeld and Christopher Oldfather.

Chou Wen-chung (Chinese: 周文中; pinyin: Zhōu Wénzhōng; born June 29, 1923 in Yantai (Chefoo), Shandong, China) is a Chinese American composer of contemporary classical music. He emigrated in 1946 to the United States and received his music training at the New England Conservatory and Columbia University. Chou is credited by Nicholas Slonimsky to be one of the first Chinese composer who has attempted to translate authentic oriental melo-rhythms into the terms of modern Western music.

“As an artist I find the ancient Chinese tradition of wenren (men of the arts) irresistible. It regards composing or any other creative medium as an integral part of the arts — the ultimate expression of the oneness between the human spirit and nature. In qinqu (music for the zither), as in caoshu (cursive calligraphy), dotting lines, accentuating turns, fluctuating density and modulating texture join to reveal mind in equilibrium — in knowledge, discipline, aspirations, and intuition.”

Echoes from the Gorge
performed by Talujon percussion quartet

Twilight Colors
for six instruments
performed by Boston Musica Viva

Cursive
for flute and piano

performed by Jayn Rosenfeld and Christopher Oldfather

Merkin Concert Hall

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