The Momenta Quartet will end with a bang tomorrow night with Michael’s “The Power of Four”:
Friday, October 19, 7pm at Tenri:
“The Power of Four,” curated by Michael Haas with guest string quartet, the Argus Quartet
Eric Nathan: Four to One
Bela Bartók: String Quartet no. 4
George Enescu: Octet for Strings
Tenri Cultural Institute
43 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
This is a free concert and we are not taking reservations. Doors open at 6:30pm.
AND THERE WILL BE BEER! Sam Burlingame of BrewHeister is pulling out all the stops – with beers inspired by all of our programs from the MomentaFestival IV.
About “The Power of Four” Michael writes:
For the fourth night of the fourth annual Momenta Festival, I knew the obvious choice would be a play on the number four itself. We are, after all, a group of four people presenting four concerts over four nights, now for the fourth time! The title of the program is graciously borrowed from Alex Ross’s 2013 New Yorker article, where he notes “almost any day of the week, you can catch a string quartet performing in New York…Quartets are furiously persisting.” On the first half of the program we’ll perform two powerful works: Eric Nathan’s Four to One, written for Momenta in 2011, and Bartók’s monumental Fourth Quartet. We then close the festival with another of New York’s furiously persisting foursomes, the Argus Quartet, in a performance of George Enescu’s rousing Octet for Strings.
That brings another momentous festival to a close – as if that were not enough, we’re heading to Bolivia on Sunday, October 21, for a residency at the Laredo Institute in Cochabamba! We will be working with student musicians in masterclasses and orchestra rehearsals and performing 3 concerts – one full-on quartet concert featuring music written for us by the Bolivian composer Agustín Fernández and music by American composers Eric Nathan, Roberto Sierra and Philip Glass – and two performances in collaboration with the student orchestra. Alex and I will be soloists in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante.
Shortly after our return from Bolivia, we will go up to Cornell University for two concerts – with the Cornell Gamelan and composer Can Bilir.
Best wishes and we hope to see you tomorrow night!