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On Monday, April 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM, the critically acclaimed Momenta Quartet (Emilie-Anne Gendron and Adda Kridler, violins; Stephanie Griffin, viola; Michael Haas, cello) will join pianist Molly Morkoski in a concert celebrating a diverse array of works by Jewish composers at the Center for Jewish History (15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011;

Tickets: $15 general, $10 for seniors, students, and CJH/AJHS/YUM members with ID. Available at the door or online through

The program, which features Momenta members in a range of collaborative capacities, underlines the quartet’s core tradition of championing living composers. “Sirius” (2012), a new piano quartet by Yeshiva faculty member David Glaser, will receive its New York premiere. Momenta members will be joined by pianist Molly Morkoski, whose playing has been critically hailed as “outstanding” by The Boston Globe and “exhilarating” by the American Record Guide. Momenta violist Stephanie Griffin will take the stage in “Malekhamoves” (2009), a solo work by the ClevelaMomenta Quartetnd-based composer Timothy Beyer.

The program also highlights an eclectic assortment of underrepresented 20th-century works. Momenta will draw from its unique personal repertoire for the evening’s featured string quartet selection, Stefan Wolpe’s aphoristic “Twelve Pieces for String Quartet” (1950). Seldom performed today, this ephemeral collection of character pieces totals less than 7 minutes. In contrast, Morkoski and Momenta violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron will present Aaron Copland’s lush and expansive Violin Sonata (1944), composed as a wartime memorial piece. Rounding out the program is Darius Milhaud’s jazz-infused piano-quintet suite “La création du monde,” op.81b (1922-23), a musical souvenir of the French composer’s trip to New York at the height of the Jazz Age.

This concert marks Momenta’s 5th concert appearance at the Center for Jewish History and its 4th year as the Bernice Diener Ensemble-in-Residence at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women.

For more information, contact Emilie-Anne Gendron at

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On Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM, the critically acclaimed Momenta Quartet–recently praised by the New York Times for their diligence, curiosity and excellence” and the Washington Post for “an extraordinary musical experience”–will present five new pieces by NYU graduate composers at New York University’s Silver Center For Arts and Science, Room 220 (31 Washington Place, New York, NY 10003; between Greene Street and Washington Square East). Admission is free.

The concert features works by Gordon Beeferman, Adele Fournet, Moon Young Ha, Friedrich Heinrich Kern, and Jue Wang, all current Ph.D. students at NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. The pieces—four world premieres and one New York premiere, all written for Momenta—reflect each composer’s unique compositional interests, while exploring various unorthodox possibilities of staging, sonority, and collaboration.

The Momenta violinists will be highlighted in Friedrich Heinrich Kern’s duet “Les Adieux” (2013), and will be joined by their quartet colleagues in Moon Young Ha’s “…until that time I may…” (2013) and Jue Wang’s “Life in Stillness” (2013) for string quartet. Adele Fournet’s diptych “on death” (2013) will feature Momenta in collaboration with electric guitarist Felipe Wurst. Joined by guest dancer Stephanie Sleeper and composer Gordon Beeferman as pianist, Momenta will conclude with the New York premiere of “QUADRILLE” (2012) for string quartet, piano, and dancer: a theatrical work in which the musicians are fully integrated into Ms. Sleeper’s inventive choreography. This concert marks the continuation of Momenta and Beeferman’s longstanding collaboration, which originated in 2009 with the New York premiere of Beeferman’s String Quartet, followed by the world premiere of “QUADRILLE” at the Music at Gretna Festival in 2012.

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Join us for “Voices and Variations,” an interesting program of solo and duo works for violin and percussion!

Samantha Bennett- Violin
George Nickson- Marimba and Vibraphone

The concert will take place at:
First Congregational Church
1031 S. Euclid Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34237

The program will include:

Prokofiev: Sonata for Violin solo in D major, Op. 115

Viñao: Kahn Variations

Top: The Stillpoint

Lansky: Hop

Glentworth: Blues for Gilbert

Tickets are $10, available at the door or anytime before at the church office.

Hope to see you there!



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The Boston New Music Initiative will present the final performance of its third concert season on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA. Featuring new chamber works by living composers, the concert will include the world premiere of Michael Lee’s The Sun That Breathes by the Riverside, Charles Halka’s Trio, Emily Cooley’s Variations on a Theme from “Wit”, Aaron Kirschner’s Three Bagatelles, Ezra Donner’s ¡Cigarra! (featuring soprano Margot Rood), and Peter Klatzow’s Dances of Earth and Fire (featuring percussionist Jeff Stern). Music Director Nathan Lofton will conduct.

The concert will begin at 8:00 pm with a pre-concert talk with the composers at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door. Please visit for tickets or more information.

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New York’s Nova Philharmonic presents an innovative program exploring the relationship between old and new with a performance of Joel Mandelbaum’s “The Past is Now.” This is underscored by the classical orchestra meeting a contemporary jazz quartet in a unique arrangement of “A Little Night Music.” Visionary maestro Dong-Hyun Kim conducts the orchestra who will face off against the Paul Joseph Quartet. Keeping with the jazz theme, violinist and composer Gregor Huebner will perform his “Concerto con Violin Latina” as well as his “Ground Zero.”

March 30th, 7:15pm for pre-concert lecture, concert begins at 8pm

Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church
152 W. 66th St., New York, NY 10023
(Lincoln Center area)
1 train at 66th St.-Lincoln Center

Mozart Meets Jazz: Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik plus jazz arrangement by Paul Joseph
Concerto con Violin Latina (Huebner)
Ground Zero (Huebner)
The Past is Now (Mandelbaum)

$20, $10 seniors/students



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World Premiere by Kate Soper, with works by John Cage, Giovanni Gabrieli, Luigi Nono, and Petr Kotik

With Kate Soper (voice), Conrad Harris (violin), Tom Chiu (violin), and Petr Kotik (conductor)

The S.E.M. Ensemble, founded and directed by Petr Kotik, will present its annual Christmas concert at Paula Cooper Gallery’s main space in Chelsea on Tuesday, December 13 (8 pm). The program was designed to accommodate Mark di Suvero’s large sculpture exhibited in the gallery and will feature compositions for which the consideration of space is integral to their performances. The music will be performed around the artwork, with individual musicians or groups of players strategically placed in various parts of the room.

The concert will feature SEM in John Cage’s Atlas Eclipticalis (1961-62), performed simultaneously with Cage’s Fontana Mix and Aria (1958), and presented as a preview of the SEM Cage centennial concerts in 2012. Highlights will also include the New York premiere of Kate Soper’s cipher (2011); Luigi Nono’s “hay que caminar” soñando (1989) for two violins, performed by Conrad Harris and Tom Chiu; and Kotik’s Kontrabandt (1967), a four-channel work commissioned by the Electronic Music Studio of the West German Radio (WDR) in Cologne, Germany. Vocalist Kate Soper will be the soloist in Cage’s Aria as well as in her own work.

Since its first Christmas concert at Paula Cooper Gallery at midnight on December 24 1984, it has become a tradition for SEM to include an early music piece, and the December 13 program will also feature the Renaissance Venetian composer Giovanni Gabrieli whose music, designed for the unusual spatial configuration of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, requires musicians to be placed in various ends of the basilica’s gallery. SEM will perform two sections from his Sacrae Symphoniae (1597), scored for three consorts, performed here with brass and strings.

Petr Kotik: Kontrabandt

Giovanni Gabrieli: Canzon a 12 and Canzon Quarti Toni

Kate Soper: cipher (2011) WORLD PREMIERE
Kate Soper, voice; Joshua Modney, violin

John Cage: Atlas Eclipticalis with Aria and Fontana Mix
Kate Soper, voice

Luigi Nono: “hay que caminar” soñando
Conrad Harris & Tom Chiu, violins

WHEN: Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 8pm

WHERE: Paula Cooper Gallery
534 West 21st Street, New York

TICKETS: $15, Students and Seniors $10

INFO/RESERVATIONS: (718) 488-7659 or


From a book-length poem to a multi-media experimental opera to its current incarnation as a CD, DARKLING gives a haunting portrayal of emotion, terror, and incalculable loss. DARKLING movingly evokes the memory of the Holocaust as well as the human cost of man-made and natural cataclysmic events. Join us for the CD Release at Drom NYC on Nov. 22nd at 6:30 pm.

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September 29th at Cadogan Hall (London)

The International Orchestra For Freedom is launching a fantastic new concert series entitled ‘Abandoning Silence’ which aim to raise awareness on human trafficking through orchestral music.

Siddique -‘Prayer for Humanity’
Gulda- ‘Cello Concerto’
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No.6

Soloist: Thomas Carroll
Conductor: William Kunhardt

Key note speech: Purna Sen – Head of Human Rights at The Commonwealth Secretariet

Film screening: ‘Call and Response’

Tickets at:

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