YU Celebrates Ensemble-in-Residence Program with Inaugural Concert at the Center For Jewish History, April 2

Mar 25, 2008 — Concert to Feature World Premiere of David Glaser’s /Kinesis/ and Momenta Quartet’s Performance of Works by Renowned Jewish Composers

Yeshiva University (YU) announced today the introduction of an Ensemble-in-Residence curriculum and will commemorate the program launch with an inaugural concert by the Momenta String Quartet, Wednesday, April 2nd at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th Street at 8p.m.

Celebrated for its eclectic programming, the Momenta String Quartet, YU’s first Ensemble-in-Residence, will perform a wide range of music by Jewish composers and feature the world premiere of David Glaser’s /Kinesis/, a quintet for guitar and string quartet. Mr. Glaser, who will oversee the Ensemble-in-Residence program, and is the Assistant Professor of music at YU’s Stern College for Women, has received an Academy Award in Music from the American Academy of Art and Letters as well as the Fromm Foundation.

The Momenta Quartet, accompanied by guest artist Oren Fader, a highly regarded performer of classical guitar repertoire, both solo and chamber, traditional and contemporary, will also perform Ernest Bloch’s /Prelude (Recueillement)/, Ursula Mamlok’s /Two Bagatelles/, Morton Feldman’s /Structures/, John Zorn’s /Kol Nidre/ and Alfred Schnittke’s /String Quartet No.2/.

The Momenta String Quartet is comprised of four talented musicians: Miranda Cuckson, a violinist who was recently praised by the New York Times as a brilliant young performer, is acclaimed for her performances in the United States, Europe and the Far East; Joanne Lin on cello is an enthusiastic explorer of chamber music and is a member of San Francisco Bay Area’s conductorless New Century Chamber Orchestra; Stephanie Griffin on viola has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician and has collaborated for many years with

Indonesian composer Tony Prabowo; and Annaliesa Place, who made her solo debut at the age of twelve with the Heidelberg Orchestra, has since appeared with orchestras throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

The Ensemble-in-Residence program at YU will provide an invaluable experience for students to help them grow as performers and composers by interacting directly with professional artists. The Momenta String Quartet will be in residence at YU for a period of two years, one year on the Israel Beren Campus and one on the Wilf Campus. The musicians will perform one public concert per year and will present in a number of classes for YU’s Sense of Music students. Additionally, they will offer master classes, perform brief solo pieces, engage in Q&A sessions with students, and present readings of works done by music majors in the University’s composition classes.

Tickets to the April 2nd performance are $10 for general admission and $8 for CJH or YUM members, students, and seniors. For more information, visit www.cjh.org.

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