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Momenta Festival III

Four distinctively themed programs, each curated by a different member of Momenta Quartet.

Sunday, October 1 (7 pm) Air from Another Planet
Dixon Place Theater, 161 A Chrystie Street
Curated by Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin
With Elizabeth Brown, theremin, and video art by Lothar Osterburg

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von BiberRosary Passacaglia for solo violin in g minor, C. 105 (“Guardian Angel,” ca. 1676)
Alyssa WeinbergUnstrung (2017) for solo violin NY Premiere
Kee Yong ChongSilence Cosmos (2005) for string quartet
Michael SmallWhite Space – Meditation on Saenredam (2015) for solo violin US Premiere
Elizabeth BrownPiranesi (2007/12) for theremin and string quartet; video by Lothar Osterburg
Arnold Schoenberg: IV. Entrückung (“Rapture”) from String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10 for soprano and string quartet (1907-08); world premiere version for theremin and string quartet

Monday, October 2 (7 pm) Tyrants and Liberators
Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue
Curated by Stephanie Griffin, violist
With Telmary Diaz, reciter, Christopher Oldfather, piano, and Hilliard Greene, jazz bassist and composer

Alvin SingletonSomehow We Can for String Quartet (1994)
Agustín Fernández: String Quartet No 2, Sin tiempo (2013, commissioned for Momenta by the Koussevitzky Foundation)
Griffin/Greene: Improvised duo based on Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
Arnold SchoenbergOde to Napoleon (1942) for string quartet, reciter and piano

Tuesday, October 3 (7 pm) A Room with a View
The Italian Academy at Columbia University
1161 Amsterdam Avenue
Curated by Michael Haas, cello
With guests Samuel Rhodes, viola, and Marcy Rosen, cello

Benjamin Britten: String Quartet No. 3 in G Major, Op. 94 (1975)
Claude BakerAnnées de Pèlerinage: Italie (“Years of Pilgrimage: Italy”) (2016-17) world premiere, commissioned by the Barlow Foundation for Momenta Quartet
TchaikovskySouvenir de Florence Op. 70 for string sextet (1890)

Wednesday, October 4 (7 pm) Forces of Creation
The Center at West Park, 165 W.86th Street (West Park Presbyterian Church)
Curated by Alex Shiozaki, violinist
With guest Nana Shi, pianist

Hiroya MiuraSingularity (2012, rev. 2017) world premiere of revised version
Per Nørgård: String Quartet No. 8 “Night Descending Like Smoke” (1995-97)
João Pedro OliveiraMagma, for violin and electronics (2014)
Darius MilhaudLa création du monde, op. 81b for piano quintet (1923)

Free concerts, all at 7pm

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Earlier Event: September 14
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