Let’s Dance

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Momenta Quartet


Be moved—figuratively and literally—by the music of Bartók, Brown, Byrd, Schubert, Strauss, and del Aguila. Travel through time and space with traditional Viennese and late 20th century waltzes, Latin American samba, dances of the English Renaissance, and a piece inspired by Eastern European folk dances written for Benny Goodman.

William Byrd Pavan and Gailliard
Franz Schubert German Dances, Op. 90
Elizabeth Brown Lost Waltz (1997/2014)
Johann Strauss II Emperor Waltz, Op. 437 (arr. Arnold Schoenberg)
Miguel del Aguila Salon Buenos Aires, Op. 84
Béla Bartók Contrasts

Performers: Momenta Quartet; Linda Chesis, flute; Moran Katz, clarinet; Olga Vinokur, piano

The MOMENTA QUARTET’s mission is to bring the best of contemporary music to audiences in New York City and around the world. Momenta (Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin; Adda Kridler, violin; Stephanie Griffin, viola and Michael Haas, cello) devotes the vast majority of its programming to living composers. Praised by the New York Times for its “focused, fluid performance” and by Sequenza 21 for its “fire, fantasy and absolute musical commitment,” the Momenta Quartet has premiered over 50 works in the past eight years and has collaborated with over 80 living composers. Now in its ninth year in residence at Temple University, Momenta also has performed and lectured at Cornell, Columbia, Yeshiva and Hawaii Pacific Universities; Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore and Haverford Colleges; The Mannes School of Music and the Boston Conservatory; among others. The quartet has performed in England, Singapore and Indonesia and has received grants from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Meet the Composer, the Aaron Copland Fund, the Brooklyn Arts Council and the New York State Council on the Arts. See the Momenta’s website for more information.

Moran KatzClarinetist MORAN KATZ performs worldwide as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. First Prize winner of the 2013 Ima Hogg Competition, Ms. Katz also received the Audience Choice Prize as well as the Artistic Encouragement Prize voted on by the Houston Symphony musicians. In the year of 2009 alone, Ms. Katz won the First Prize at the Freiburg International Clarinet Competition in Germany, the Second Prize at the Beijing International Music Competition for Clarinet in China and the First Prize and Overall Prize at the Midland/Odessa “National Young Artist Competition” in Texas. She is also a part of the internationally acclaimed music ensemble “Continuum” and of the cutting edge group “The Decoda” as well as a co-founder of the innovative “SHUFFLE Concert.” She has collaborated with the Ariel, Carmel, Contemporary, Tesla, Aeolus,  and Vogler String Quartets, as well as with artists such as Zubin Mehta, David Robertson, Sylvain Cambreling, Richard Goode, Vera Beths and Arnold Steinhardt. See Moran Katz website for more information

Olga VinokurOLGA VINOKUR, piano, performs worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and with orchestra. A member of the critically acclaimed Trio Vela, she is an avid chamber musician and has performed with the distinguished St. Petersburg, Martinu, and Primo quartets among others. The featured artist in a number of festivals, including the Young Artist Festival in Russia, Israeli “Music in Galilee” Radio Music Festival and International Piano Festivals in Paris and Canary Islands of Spain, she has also participated in Tel-Hai International Piano Master-classes in Israel where she was awarded a prize in honor of Ada Caspi. Recently, Ms. Vinokur has toured in China as a soloist with the Manhattan Symphony Orchestra where she performed in major concert halls of 11 different cities. More about Ms. Vinokur…

Flutist LINDA CHESIS is founder and artistic director of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival. She is a member of the flute faculty and chair of the Woodwind Department at the Manhattan School of Music. She has been hailed by critics on three continents as one of the most exciting and dynamic flutists of her generation. The top prize winner at the Paris and Barcelona International competitions, and at the National Flute Association Competition, Ms. Chesis has performed with orchestras and in solo recitals throughout the US, France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan and Korea. Her recordings can be heard on the EMI, Nonesuch and Music Masters labels. More about Linda Chesis…

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