Spring 2015

  • January 9, 3:30pm- Afternoon Encounters with Music at the National Gallery

    Momenta performs a free afternoon concert at the National Gallery, featuring Janáček’s String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters.” More information: www.nga.gov/music.

    Free admission
    National Gallery of Art
    4th and Constitution Avenue NW
    Washington, CD 20565
  • January 10, 8pm- Candlelight Concert Society

    Following an appearance at the National Gallery, Momenta performs Janáček’s String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata” alongside music of Brahms, Anton Webern, Julián Carrillo. More information: www.candlelightconcerts.org/momenta.

    Smith Theatre, Horowitz Performing Arts Center
    10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
    Columbia, MD
  • February 25, 8:30pm- Matthew Greenbaum at 65: Chamber Music and Video Animation

    In celebration of Matthew Greenbaum's 65th birthday, Momenta presents the world premiere of More Venerable Canons (2013) for string quartet, alongside two other world premieres. Also performing are Vox n Plux , pianist David Holzman, flutist Cynthia Folio, and Nicholas McNamara, tenor sax.

    Program includes three premieres:
    ‘ADAM for improvising viola and video animation
    MAKE LIKE AN AMOEBA for flute and video animation
    MORE VENERABLE CANONS for string quartet
    BITS AND PIECES for tenor sax and video animation
    EFFACEMENT for piano and video animation
    OST-WEST DIVAN for soprano and two guitars
    ENTRETIENS SUR LA PLURALITÉ DES MONDES for soprano and two guitars

    Tickets: $15/10
    Tenri Cultural Institute
    43A W. 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
    New York, NY 10011
  • February 28, 8pm- Cultural Crosscurrents: Ives and Tan Dun

    Momenta pairs Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera (1994) with the String Quartet No. 2 (1911-13) 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. More information: Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

    $10 suggested donation
    McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center Bard College at Simon’s Rock
    Great Barrington, MA
  • March 8, 2pm- Ghost Opera in Queens

    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! For more tickets and more information, please visit www.flushingtownhall.org.

    $15/$10 students, seniors
    Flushing Town Hall
    137-35 Northern Blvd.
    Flushing, NY 11354
  • March 31-April 2 Red Note New Music Festival

    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 programs, the first in collaboration with the City of Tomorrow wind quintet, and the second featuring new music for string quartet. More information at finearts.illinoisstate.edu/rednote/.

    April 1, 8pm
    Red Note World-Premieres
    Program to include new works by Shawn Brogan Allison, Weijun Chen, Viet Cuong, Brian Heim, Jae-Goo Lee, Ryan Lindveit, Carolyn O’Brien, and Corey Rubin.
    Performed by the Momenta Quartet and the City of Tomorrow wind quintet.

    April 2nd, 8pm
    Red Note New Music Festival Presents the Momenta Quartet
    Eric Nathan: Four to One (2011), written for Momenta
    Matthew Greenbaum: More Venerable Canons (2013), written for Momenta
    Weijun Chen: Canoe (2014)
    Guy Barash: String Quartet no. 1 "Wrong Ocean" (2012)
    Elizabeth Brown: Nanotudes (2013): three appetizers for string quartet, written for Momenta
    Charles Ives: String Quartet no. 2 (1911-1913)

    Free admission
    Kemp Recital Hall
    Illinois State University
    Normal, IL
  • April 16, 8pm- MATA Festival presents Unreasonable Visions

    Hailed as “the city’s leading showcase for vital new music by emerging composers,” this MATA Festival concert features Momenta alongside Ian Rosenbaum, percussion; Christa Van Alstine, clarinet; Stuart Breczinski, oboe; Tony Flynt, bass; and Carl Bettendorf, conductor.

    Program to include:
    Guy Barash: String Quartet No. 1 "Wrong Ocean"
    Idin Samimi Mofakham: Mirage for Water and String Trio
    Dan Moreira: Das Nein-Doch Spiel for Oboe, percussion and string trio
    Michalis Paraskakis: NOT YET for clarinet and string quintet
    Alex Weiser: World Premiere for clarinet and string quartet
    Eric Nathan: Four to One for string quartet

    The Kitchen
    512 West 19th Street
    New York, NY 10011

    More information can be found at matafestival.org.
  • April 22, 8pm- Cornell University: Music by Julián Carrillo

    Momenta performs String Quartets no. 1, 3, and 8 by Mexican microtonal maverick Julián Carrillo, in collaboration with musicologist and Carrillo scholar Alejandro L. Madrid.

    Free admission
    Barnes Hall
    Cornell University
    Ithaca, NY
  • April 23, 8pm- Cornell University: Music by Michael Small

    Momenta performs Gasp of Blue (2012) and the world premiere of a new quartet by Michael Small.

    Free admission
    Barnes Hall
    Cornell University
    Ithaca, NY
  • April 27, 7:30pm- Music of the Jewish Diaspora

    Momenta returns for its annual concert celebrating Jewish composers from the present and past, including world premieres by David Glaser and Hana Ajiashvili alongside works by Morton Feldman, Guy Barash, and Matthew Greenbaum. Joining Momenta will be guest artists Molly Morkoski, piano; Christopher Grymes, clarinet, Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev, mezzo soprano; and Carl Bettendorf, conductor.

    Matthew Greenbaum: More Venerable Canons (2013)
    Morton Feldman: For Aaron Copland for Solo Violin (1981)
    Guy Barash: String Quartet No. 1 “Wrong Ocean” (2012)
    Hana Ajiashvili: String Quartet “Four” (2015)*
    *Commissioned by Peter Pohly for Momenta Quartet
    Morton Feldman: the viola in my life (3) for viola and piano (1970)
    David Glaser: All One Breath (2015)

    $10/$7 Yeshiva University members, seniors, students

    Center for Jewish History
    15 W. 16th St. NYC
  • May 1-2- Ives (and more!) in Ohio

    Presented by the Pomerene Center for the Arts, Momenta presents an eclectic mix of unusual repertoire spanning the ages, focusing particularly on the groundbreaking work of Charles Ives. Activities will include concerts, school visits, and an exciting interactive "Ives Experiment" with two Ohio-based ensembles.

    May 1, 1 PM
    Interactive performance with music students from River View High School in Warsaw, Ohio.
    May 1, 7pm
    Benefit concert at the Redhouse in Coshocton, OH, presented by the 30th Annual Dogwood Festival–LINKED IN; featuring Haydn Quartet Op. 33/1 and Ives String Quartet No. 2

    May 2, 5:30pm
    Grand Arts Dinner on the 300 Block of Main Street, Coshocton, OH; featuring the "Charles Ives Experiment" of overlapping sounds in collaboration with the 40 North Trombone Quartet and the Walhonding Rube Band
  • May 16, 7:30pm- World-Premiere by D.J. Sparr

    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.

    $20 tickets/$15 students/$10 seniors
    Bucks County Performing Arts Center
    Yardley, PA
  • May 20, 7pm- Melody and Company Chamber Series

    "Melody and Company Chamber Series" presents its opening concert, featuring pianist Melody Fader and Momenta in Dvorak's Piano Quintet, op.81. Fader and Momenta cellist Michael Haas will open with Beethoven's D Major cello sonata op.102/2, and Momenta will play a brand new work for string quartet by D.J. Sparr. Wine and cheese reception to follow.

    Admission: $20/general, $15 students and seniors; at the door or in advance at www.melodyfader.com
    121 Ludlow St., NYC
  • May 29, 8pm- Philadelphia's Emerging Voices

    The Philadelphia division of the American Composers' Forum presents members of Momenta performing works by six Philadelphia women composers (Eleanor Aversa, Erica Ball, Jenny Beck, Julia Alford-Fowler, Rene Orth, and Alyssa Weinberg) who have written world premieres for amplified violin, viola, cello and electronics.

    Admission: $15 general, at the door or online at TicketLeap
    Philadelphia Art Alliance
    251 S. 18th St
    Philadelphia, PA
  • June 4-5- Momenta in Mexico: Celebrating Carrillo's Legacy

    In honor of the 50th anniversary of the death of microtonal visionary Julian Carrillo (1875-1965), and presented by UNAM in Mexico City, Momenta participates in workshops and performances as part of the "Jornadas Universitarias Julián Carrillo". This marks another installment in Momenta's multi-season project (in partnership with Cornell musicologist Alejandro L. Madrid) to perform and record all of Carrillo's 13 string quartets. The June 5th concert will feature his quartets #1, 4, and 8.

    Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
    Mexico City, Mexico
  • Fall 2015- Save the dates!

    September 3: Kimberton Summer Chamber Music, Kimberton, PA
    September 6: Music at Gretna, Mount Gretna, PA
    Septebmer 30, October 1, 3, 4: The first annual Momenta Festival, NYC
    October 9: Chamber Music Live at Queens College, NY
    October 15: Music of Eric Nathan, NYC
    October 18: Music of Eric Nathan, Boston, MA
    November 23: Dobbs Ferry, NY