Momenta Quartet

The Momenta Quartet – “Diligence, curiosity and excellence” -New York Times

Min Xiao-Fen, pipa

Min Xiao-Fen, pipa – “A mesmerizing performer” -Los Angeles Times

On Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM, the Momenta Quartet (Emilie-Anne Gendron and Adda Kridler, violins; Stephanie Griffin, viola; Michael Haas, cello) and pipa virtuoso Min Xiao-Fen join forces for a musical “Lunar New Year Celebration” at Flushing Town Hall (137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354). Tickets are $15 general and $10 for members, seniors, and students with ID; purchase here.

This concert will also be webcast live by LivLiveMusic at http://www.livlivemusic.com/FlushingTownHall, and archived online for 30 days.

Momenta draws on its extensive and genre-blending personal repertoire for this concert (part of Flushing Town Hall’s Lunar New Year Festival). Min Xiao-Fen joins the quartet for Tan Dun’s dramatic “Concerto for Pipa and String Quartet” (1999), and will also perform two original solo pipa works. Also looking to the East, Momenta follows with “If We Live in Forgetfulness, We Die in a Dream” (2011) by Chinese-American jazz violinist/composer Jason Kao Hwang. This work, dedicated to Momenta and inspired by a Zen quotation by Thich Nhat Hanh, has been critically hailed as “a warm, human, richly melodic work with all the finely tuned eclecticism we’ve come to expect from Hwang” (Stephen Brookes, Washington Post). Momenta rounds out the program with the seminal string quartet of one of the first great Eastward-looking composers and a forerunner of modernism, Claude Debussy.

The Momenta Quartet’s mission is to bring the best of contemporary music to audiences in New York City and around the world. Its vision of new music embraces composers from all cultures and from diverse musical backgrounds, including jazz and avant-garde improvisation. Momenta devotes the vast majority of its programming to living composers, giving multiple performances of their works on innovative concert programs alongside 20th/21st century masterworks and selected great music from the past.

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