World Premiere - Crossing Brooklyn Ferry for baritone and string quartet by Matthew Greenbaum - on texts of Walt Whitman.
October 15-19, 2019: Momenta Quartet presents the Momenta Festival V at Americas Society and Tenri Cultural Institute. This year features five world premieres to celebrate the 5th edition of the Momenta Festival. Admission to all concerts is free. The festival features four diverse chamber music programs each curated by a different member of the quartet. With programs that blend the old and new, the “intriguing programming” (The New York Times) and “striking originality” (I Care If You Listen) of the Momenta Festival have been acclaimed by critics and fans alike.
The 2019 festival opens at Americas Society on October 15 with a retrospective on 15 years of the Momenta Quartet, featuring guest vocalist Brad Walker and curated by violist Stephanie Griffin.
Momenta Festival V opens with a celebration of Momenta’s 15th anniversary with selected milestones from their unique and eclectic personal repertoire along with world premieres by Matthew Greenbaum and the Chamber Music America commission of Alvin Singleton. The Momenta Quartet is joined by baritone Brad Walker.
Mario Davidovsky: String Trio
Julian Carrillo: String Quartet no. 10
Alvin Singleton: Hallelujah Anyhow CMA Commission WORLD PREMIERE
Matthew Greenbaum: Crossing Brooklyn Ferry for baritone and string quartet WORLD PREMIERE, text by Walt Whitman
Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 pm
Americas Society 680 Park Ave., NYC
The music continues on October 16 with the program “Night Dances” curated by violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron and featuring works by Roberto Sierra and Gyorgy Ligeti. The festival moves downtown to the Tenri Cultural Institute for the final two concerts. On October 18, cellist Michael Haas’ program “American Voices” features a world premiere by Christopher Stark. The festival concludes on October 19 with the program “Toy Stories” curated by violinist Alex Shiozaki. Momenta is joined by toy pianist Phyllis Chen in a program inspired by the recent birth of Shiozaki’s first child.