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Announcing our 2014/2015 Season

ERIC NATHAN PORTRAIT CONCERT
September 19, 8pm
Tenri Cultural Institute (43A W. 13th St. NYC)
$20 suggested donation

A concert of the chamber works of 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship and 2013 Rome Prize recipient Eric Nathan, including two quartets written for and previously premiered by Momenta. Momenta will collaborate with oboist Peggy Pearson and violist Samuel Rhodes, formerly of the Juilliard Quartet, on two other pieces; and pianist Mei Rui will also perform.  All works will be released by Albany Records in 2015.

FOUR PARTS FIVE AND STRING QUARTET
October 14, 7:30pm
Spectrum (121 Ludlow St. NYC)
$15 tickets at door

Momenta performs the aggressive, intensely dissonant, and excitingly unpredictable String Quartet (2006) on a double-bill of music by composer and performer Gordon Beeferman. Opening the concert is Four Parts Five (2012), a half-hour quintet tour de force that takes virtuosic rhythmic ensemble playing to the next level, performed by Beeferman and a band of some of NYC’s most talented and creative musicians.

JUST VISIBLE IN THE DISTANCE
October 16, 8pm
Leshowitz Recital Hall, Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ)
FREE concert

Momenta is joined by Montclair State composer-in-residence and performer Elizabeth Brown for a program of her works for string quartet with flute, shakuhachi, theremin, and video art by Lothar Osterburg. Lauded by Chamber Music Magazine for her “elegant, quiet, thoughtful, well-crafted and as bizarre as hell” music, Elizabeth has written many works for Momenta, including Nanotudes, which will receive its world-premiere on this concert.

STEFAN WOLPE: FOUR PORTRAITS OF A VISIONARY
October 23, 8pm
Cary Hall, The DiMenna Center (450 W. 37th St. NYC)
Tickets $20/$10 students, seniors; Reservations (212) 873-3258

Momenta performs Wolpe’s rarely heard String Quartet (1969) on a concert hosted by the Stefan Wolpe Society. The program features music of Wolpe and his circle, including works by Ursula Mamlok and Ralph Shapey. Also performing are Jayn Rosenfeld, flute; Cheryl Seltzer, piano; Miranda Cuckson, violin; Stephanie Griffin, viola; and David Holzman, piano.

MOMENTA + GAMELAN
November 14,  7:30pm
Olin Arts Center, Bates College (Lewiston, ME)
$12 at batestickets.com

Momenta returns to Bates College to present a concert centered around two works with gamelan: No Name (2012) by Jesse Jones and Lou Harrison’s Threnody for Carlos Chavez (1979). The concert will feature the Bates student gamelan ensemble in collaboration with Momenta, as well as Janáček’s String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters” and Persian composer Reza Vali’s Nayshâboorak (Calligraphy No. 6).

INTIMATE POSTCARDS
November 18, 7:30pm
Casadesus Recital Hall, Binghamton University (Binghamton, NY)
Tickets $10/$5 faculty, staff, seniors, alumni; free for students

Momenta presents Janáček’s “manifesto on love” – his String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters” and Persian composer Reza Vali’s Nayshâboorak (Calligraphy No. 6) alongside works by Binghamton student composers and a staged collaboration with campus Ghanian Ewe dancers and African drumming.

MUSICAL ENCOUNTERS
January 9, 3:30pm
National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.)
FREE Concert

CANDLELIGHT CONCERT SERIES
January 10, 8pm
Horowitz Performing Arts Center (Columbia, MD)
Tickets from $12

Momenta returns to the nation’s capital for a pair of concerts centered around the two poignant and dramatic string quartets of Leoš Janáček. Momenta will perform a free concert at the National Gallery featuring Janáček’s String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters” and the C minor string quartet of Brahms. The following evening Momenta will present Janáček’s String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata” alongside music of Brahms, Anton Webern, Julián Carrillo at the Candlelight Concert Series in Columbia, MD.

CULTURAL CROSSCURRENTS
February 28, 8pm
McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock (Great Barrington, MA)
$10 suggested donation

Momenta pairs Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera (1994) with the String Quartet No. 2 of Charles Ives, two works that explore the ideas of musical narratives, theatricality, and unexpected cultural references in individually dramatic and striking ways. Ives takes the listener on a journey through discussions, arguments, and a walk up a mountain, while Tan Dun explores the intersection of Bach, Shakespeare, and Chinese folk songs, while employing the different elements of water, metal, stone, and paper. Momenta is joined by virtuoso pipa player Zhou Yi.

GHOST OPERA IN QUEENS
March 8, 2pm
Flushing Town Hall (137-35 Northern Blvd, NYC)
$15/$10 students, seniors

Armed with water gongs, cymbals, rocks, and an array of other instruments, Momenta Quartet and virtuoso pipa player Zhou Yi return to Flushing Town Hall to perform Tan Dun’s electrifying and haunting Ghost Opera (1994). This highly theatrical performance is not to be missed!

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY RESIDENCY CONCERT
March 23, 8pm
Rock Hall, Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
FREE concert

Momenta continues its long-standing affiliation with Temple University with this concert featuring world-premieres by Temple alum Andie Taylor and current composition students, as well as Dvorak’s Piano Quintet Op. 81 with pianist and Temple faculty Charles Abramovic. Also performing is mezzo soprano Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev.

RED NOTE NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL
March 31-April 1
Illinois State University (Normal, IL)

Now in its eighth season, RED NOTE New Music Festival at Illinois State University is a week-long event which features outstanding performances of contemporary concert music. Momenta performs eight world premieres on two consecutive nights, the first in a program of new string quartet music, and the second in collaboration with the City of Tomorrow Wind Quintet.

MUSIC OF THE JEWISH DIASPORA
April 27, 7:30pm
Center for Jewish History (15 W. 16th St. NYC)
$10/$7 Yeshiva University members, seniors, students

Momenta returns for its annual concert celebrating Jewish composers from the present and past, including a world premiere by David Glaser and Milhaud’s String Quartet No. 3. Joining Momenta will be guest artists Molly Morkowski, piano; Chris Grimes, clarinet, and Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev, mezzo soprano.

WORLD-PREMIERE BY D.J. SPARR
May 16, 7:30pm
Bucks County Performing Arts Center (Yardley, PA)
$20 tickets/$15 students/$10 seniors

Momenta presents a new work by D.J. Sparr, conceived during their time together at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute in 2014. The program also includes Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 33 No. 1 and Dvorak’s beloved Piano Quintet Op. 81, with pianist Charles Abramovic.