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Momenta Quartet - Visiting Artist Series

Wed, November 17th, 2021
7:30 pm

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As part of the Williams College Music Department Visiting Artist Series Momenta Quartet offers a program of chamber music, performed in Chapin Hall. The offerings include music by renowned African American composers Alving Singleton, with his String Quartet No. 1 (1967), and Florence Price: String Quartet in G Major, second movement, Andante moderato. The Momenta Quartet also presents two celebrated classics: Haydn’s String Quartet in F Minor, op. 20, No. 5 and the Prokofiev String Quartet No. 2.

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 150 works, collaborated with over 200 living composers and in the words of The New Yorker’s Alex Ross, “few American players assume Haydn’s idiom with such ease.” Momenta has performed at such prestigious venues as The Library of Congress, the International Cervantino Festival (Mexico) and the Ostrava Music Days (Czech Republic); has traveled in Southeast Asia and Bolivia; and has performed at numerous universities, among them Cornell and Harvard. Its annual self-produced Momenta Festival has met critical acclaim since its inauguration in 2015. The quartet has received prestigious commission grants from the Koussevitzky, Jerome and Barlow Foundations, and its debut album, Similar Motion, is available on Albany Records.

Momenta Quartet is presented by the Williams College Department of Music with the generous support of the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Performing Arts Endowment.

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