It is difficult to write a newsletter in these dark and terrifying times for our world. The Momenta Quartet stands with Ukraine and with all innocent individuals caught up in this terrible situation. Meanwhile, some much needed good news around these parts...
Firstly, thanks to all of your generosity, we raised $7948 towards our $8000 goal in our year-end fundraising campaign. Thank you, thank you, thank you! All of those proceeds will go to our in-person Momenta Festival VII. Please save the dates:
MOMENTA FESTIVAL VII
Each one curated by a different member of Momenta
June 14 - 17
Broadway Presbyterian Church
601 W. 114th Street
NY, NY 10025
FREE ADMISSION - as always!
Meanwhile, Momenta is almost at a pre-pandemic level of activity this month with FOUR CONCERTS!!!
The first of these is THIS Saturday, March 5 at 7pm at Scandinavia House as part of the annual Music From Japan Festival - and highly recommended!
Music From Japan Festival 2022
Current Sounds Japan II
Saturday, March 5, 7pm
58 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Momenta has performed on the Music From Japan Festival since 2017, with a 2-year pandemic-related hiatus. We are thrilled to be back, this time for the world premiere of a Music From Japan commissioned work In Memory of Perky Pat (2022) for French horn and string quartet by Hirofumi Mogi. It's a wonderful and whimsical work inspired by a short story by Philip K. Dick, and a fabulous opportunity to play with the inimitable hornist David Byrd-Marrow. (You can see three-fifths of us in the photo above in our first rehearsal with Mogi last night! Name that tune on the wall in the rehearsal studio at the new location of Piano Piano...hint: it is not contemporary Japanese music.)
Emilie will also be playing the US premiere of Yasutaki Inamori's Scapula (2020) for violin, bass clarinet and piano, and Michael will perform the world premiere of TWO Music From Japan commissioned works: Yasutaki Inamori's Of Sundry Nature (2021) for oboe, bassoon, trumpet and cello, and Swish-Swash-Rustle (2022) for flute/bass flute, bass clarinet, cello and percussion by Akiko Ushijima.
Other upcoming concerts this March in Queens, Binghamton, and New Jersey:
Wednesday, March 16, 12:15pm
Chamber Music Live at Queens College
Music by Haydn, Beethoven and Elizabeth Brown
Lefrak Concert Hall
Aaron Copland School of Music
65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11367
In order for audience members who are not part of the immediate Queens College community (students and faculty) to enter the campus here are the instructions that must be followed:
1. Parking Lot 15 on Reeves Avenue will be open for you to park your car - the lot will be open from 10:30-2:30. Tell the Security Guard that you will be attending the Chamber Music Live Concert.
2. You should enter the building via the lower level entrance of the Music Building on Reeves Avenue
3. YOU MUST HAVE PROOF OF VACCINATION to show to the Security Guard.
4. YOU MUST BE MASKED WHILE IN THE BUILDING AT ALL TIMES.
Or live streamed on YouTube
Wednesday, March 23, 7:30 pm
Music by Haydn, Beethoven, Elizabeth Brown and Julián Carrillo
Fine Arts Building at Binghamton University
Vestal, NY 13902 United States
Tuesday, March 29, 7:30pm
Rutgers student compositions and music by Julián Carrillo
Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts
33 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Proof of COVID vaccination or a negative PCR within the past 72 hours is required
We hope to see you at one of these March events - and/or at our big festival in June!