Visiting Artists

Visiting Artists
Momenta Quartet

Momenta-72The Williams College Department of Music presents Momenta Quartet in concert on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 8:00 p.m., in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.

Praised by the New York Times for its “focused, fluid performance,” the Momenta Quartet champions the best of contemporary chamber music. The quartet’s vision of new music embraces composers from diverse cultures and musical backgrounds, including jazz and avant-garde improvisation.

This concert features the 2012 composition by Yusef Lateef, String Quartet No. 2, followed by Adam Rudolph’s Morphic Resonances. In a world premiere commissioned by the Koussevitzky Foundation, the Momenta present Agustín Fernández’s String Quartet No. 2, Sin tiempo. The program, which includes an intermission, also includes work by composer and professor at Williams, Ileana Perez Velazquez, titled Alma de guije” The evening concludes with Uma Faca Só Lámina (A Knife All Blade) by Arthur Kampela.

Momenta devotes the vast majority of its programming to emerging and underrepresented living composers, giving multiple performances of their works on innovative concert programs alongside 20th/21st century masterworks. Violinists Emilie-Anne Gendron, Adda Kridler, along with violist Stephanie Griffin and cellist Michael Haas, have premiered over 60 works in the past nine years and have collaborated with over 80 living composers.

This appearance by the Momenta Quartet is sponsored by the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Performing Arts Endowment.