Benjamin Britten: String Quartet No. 3
inspired by Thomas Mann's “Death in Venice” Claude Baker: Third String Quartet
world premiere; inspired by Liszt's “Years of Pilgrimage: Italy” Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70 for string sextet
Momenta: the plural of momentum – four individuals in motion towards a common goal. This is the idea behind the Momenta Quartet, whose eclectic vision encompasses contemporary music of all aesthetic backgrounds alongside great music from the recent and distant past. The New York City-based quartet has premiered over 100 works and collaborated with over 120 living composers.
Momenta has appeared at the Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery, Rubin Museum, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, and the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study and looks forward to high-profile concerts at Chamber Music Cincinnati, Washington University and at the internationally renowned Cervantino Festival in Mexico. Momenta gave its Mexican debut at the National University (UNAM) last June and has performed in the United Kingdom, Indonesia and Singapore. Momenta has recorded for Centaur Records, Furious Artisans, PARMA, New World Records, and Albany Records; and has been broadcast on WQXR, Q2 Music, Austria’s Oe1, and Vermont Public Radio. The quartet’s debut album, Similar Motion, is available on Albany Records.
Emilie-Anne Gendron and Alex Shiozaki, violin
Stephanie Griffin, viola
Michael Haas, cello
This concert is part of the Momenta Festival III, a four-day four-concert series in four venues. See the Quartet's website for more information about the festival: http://www.momentaquartet.com