Free admission (all visitors, all hours)
Though all Momenta Festival III events are free, reservations are highly recommended, and can be made through Brown Paper Tickets.
The third celebration of the Momenta Festival comprises four distinctively themed concerts at four unique Manhattan venues, each one curated by a different member of the ensemble: violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron, founding violist Stephanie Griffin, cellist Michael Haas, and violinist Alex Shiozaki. With music by seventeen composers, and performances by eight guest artists, the festival reflects the ensemble’s celebration of contemporary music along with its abiding love for the classical canon.
Details on the four concerts:
- Sunday, October 1: Air from Another Planet at Dixon Place Theater is curated by Emilie-Anne Gendron and assembles six fearlessly introspective works that manipulate our sense of time and space, using the force of memory, imagination, or emotion to render what was once familiar strange and unearthly.
- Monday, October 2: Tyrants and Liberators at Americas Society is curated by Stephanie Griffin and is inspired by her reexamination of the topicality of Arnold Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon Bonaparte, but it is more about the fight for freedom than about the despots who encumber it.
- Tuesday, October 3: A Room with a View at Italian Academy is curated by Michael Haas and explores ideas of Italy through the eyes of foreigners – the composers Benjamin Britten, Claude Baker, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. None of the three are Italian, but each is seduced by the country’s beauty, romance, and mystery.
- Wednesday, October 4: Forces of Creation at The Center at West Park is curated by Alex Shiozaki and explores various creation myths, including the world premiere of the revised version of Hiroya Miura’s physics-inspired quartet Singularity.