Stern College Ensemble’s April 3 Performance will Include World Premiere of David Glaser’s Polaris
The Beatrice Diener Ensemble -in-Residence at Stern College for Women, The Momenta Quartet, will perform at the Center for Jewish History on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. The program will feature guest artists Blair McMillen (piano), Christopher Grymes (clarinet) and Sooyun Kim (flute), as well as the world premiere of David Glaser’s Polaris for clarinet, piano and string quartet.
The concert will also present two classic pieces in chamber transcriptions, Copland’s energetic, rhythmically propulsive Sextet (1937) and Arnold Schoenberg’s septet version of Johann Strauss Jr.’s lyrical Emperor Waltz (1889/1925).
“Polaris pays homage to music that has had a strong influence on my artistic development, in particular the modernist trend in 20th Century composition,” said Glaser, assistant professor of music at Stern College. “Aaron Copland has long been a favorite composer of mine for the sonorities in his music and my sextet is scored for the same ensemble as his.”
The Ensemble-in-Residence program at YU is part of a continuing series of annual concerts that focuses on the contributions made by Jewish composers to modern and contemporary concert music. The program provides an invaluable experience for students to help them grow as performers and composers by interacting directly with professional artists.
The concert is free for all students, faculty and staff of YU and will take place at the Center for Jewish History at 15 West 16th Street, New York City.