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World Premieres in Ithaca and NYC

Momenta is on its way to Ithaca today to give two concerts at Cornell University’s Barnes Hall in Ithaca, New York on April 22 (that’s tomorrow) and April 23 at 8pm.  Tomorrow’s concert will be a celebration of the music of Mexican microtonal maverick Julián Carrillo, in collaboration with musicologist and Carrillo scholar Alejandro L. Madrid. And on April 23 we will perform as part of Cornell composer Michael Small’s doctoral recital, with Gasp of Blue, which he wrote for us in 2012, and the world premiere of Memory Palace (2015). Both concerts are free of charge.

Composer David Glaser

We will barely have a chance to catch our breath before we gear up for the world premiere of David Glaser’s All One Breath (2015) for string quartet, clarinet, piano and mezzo-soprano at New York City’s Center for Jewish History:

Monday, April 27, 7:30pm
Center for Jewish History
15 W. 16th St. NYC

With special guest artists
Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev, mezzo soprano
Molly Morkoski, piano
Christopher Grymes, clarinet

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

The concert will also feature the world premiere of String Quartet: “Four” (2015) by Georgian/Israeli composer Hana Ajiashvili, commissioned for Momenta by our special friend Peter Pohly. Hana is flying in from Israel especially for the occasion. We are very excited to work with her. I met her through Continuum, an ensemble that has been championing her music for years, but I have yet to play any of her music. Working with Hana will be a first for everyone in Momenta!

We are also excited about giving our third performance of More Venerable Canons(2013) written for Momenta by our long-time friend and collaborator Matthew Greenbaum. We will close the program with the deeply moving String Quartet no. 3 by Darius Milhaud, written in memory of his friend Léo Latil, whose poetry is the basis of its second movement, which we will have the honor of performing with mezzo-soprano Re’ut Ben-Ze-ev.

And – details will follow – but in honor of David and Hana’s major world premieres, there will be a party after the concert at the amazing Szechuan restaurant Legend. Not to be missed!

We hope you can all come out to this momentous Momenta occasion!

In the mean time, special thanks to all of you who came out to our performance on the MATA Festival last week. We had a ball and made many new friends – international composers with whom we hope to collaborate in the future. The festival just had a wonderful write-up by Allan Kozinn in The Wall Street Journal. If you missed the festival you will be able to stream all the concerts on WQXR’s Q2 Music.

-Stephanie Griffin

Momenta performs at MATA Festival’s opening gala