In January Momenta traveled to Washington D.C. and Columbia, Maryland to present a pair of concerts on the theme of “Radical Romantics.” Each concert showcased a quartet of Leoš Janáček surrounded by music of Brahms, Webern, Eric Nathan, Philip Glass, and microtonal Mexican maverick Julián Carrillo. The first concert at the National Gallery featured Janáček’s String Quartet No. 2 Intimate Letters preceded by Eric Nathan‘s Multitude, Solitude (commissioned by Momenta with support from the Jerome Foundation in 2013) and String Quartet No. 2 Company by Philip Glass. You can read the glowing review of this concert in the Washington Post!
Our second concert was the next day at the Candlelight Concert Society in Columbia, Maryland. This program featured Janáček’s first quartet Kreutzer Sonata alongside Webern’s Langsamer Satz, the first string quartet of Brahms, and Dos Bosquejos (“Two Sketches”) by Julián Carrillo, a relatively unknown composer who will be featured by Momenta as we learn his complete string quartets over the next few seasons. Our next performance of his music will be at Cornell University on April 22, thanks to Cornell musicologist Alejandro Madrid who is transcribing and cataloguing Carrillo’s works.
We had a fantastic time playing both of these concerts, thanks in no small part to presenters Holly Thomas and Stephen Ackert, who also gave an engaging and insightful pre-concert talk with Emilie and Stephanie before our Candlelight concert. In addition to standing ovations, we even received an email from a Candlelight audience member who wrote that we played “with beauty and passion as well as the precision and unity you expect from a great string quartet.” Why thank you! We always love hearing from audience members and fans. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for more information, including possible radio broadcasts featuring an interview and performances from the past week!