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Program

Feb 28, 2019 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Moravian Heartache and Microtones: Janacek, Haba, Bettendorf concert

Composer Carl Bettendorf and the Momenta Quartet present a program of string quartets focusing on two great Czech modernists, Leos Janacek and Alois Haba, plus a contemporary work by Bettendorf.

 

FEBRUARY 28, 7:30PM

Tickets for $20 are available online HERE.

Program:

Alois Haba: String Quartet No. 6, Op. 70 (1950)

Carl C. Bettendorf: Il y a l'Océan for string quartet (2005, rev. 2007)

Leos Janacek: String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters” (1928)

 

Momenta Quartet

Emilie-Anne Gendron & Alex Shiozaki, violins

Stephanie Griffin, viola

Michael Haas, cello

 

Composer Carl Bettendorf and the Momenta Quartet present a program of string quartets focusing on two great Czech modernists, Leos Janacek and Alois Haba, plus a contemporary work by Bettendorf. Both earlier composers were inspired by folk music of their native Moravian region and became influential figures in the musical avant-garde of the early to mid-20th century. While Janacek achieved international fame, Haba died in relative obscurity due to Communist suppression of his pioneering microtonal compositions. Bettendorf’s work also uses microtones, at the same time connecting with Janacek’s featured offering, String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters,” in the personal expression of love's heartaches. The compositions will be introduced and discussed by the musicians and composer. 

Formed in 2004, the Momenta Quartet served as artist-in-residence at Temple University, which led to similar residencies at Cornell, Columbia, and Yeshiva universities, Boston and Cincinnati conservatories, and Eastman School of Music. The quartet has won two major commissioning grants from the Koussevitzky Foundation for Malaysian composer Kee Yong Chong and Bolivian composer Agustin Fernandez. Momenta has appeared at such prestigious venues as the Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery, and has performed at the internationally renowned Cervantino Festival in Mexico and Ostrava New Music Days in the Czech Republic. The quartet’s debut album, Similar Motion, is available on Albany Records.

Carl Christian Bettendorf is a New York-based composer/conductor. Born in Hamburg, Germany, he studied composition with Hans-Jurgen von Bose and Wolfgang Rihm before receiving his doctorate from Columbia University under Tristan Murail. His compositions have been played at many prestigious venues and festivals on four continents. He has received numerous awards, among them residencies at the Cite des Arts (Paris) and the MacDowell Colony as well as commisions from the Fromm Foundation and the Ralph Kaminsky Fund. As a conductor, Mr. Bettendorf has worked with ensembles in New York (Wet Ink, counter)induction; Ghost and Talea ensembles) and abroad (piano possibile in Munich, Ostravska banda in the Czech Republic) and is currently director of the Manhattanville College Community Orchestra (Purchase, NY). He recently conducted opera productions at Bard Cllege and Opera national de Montpellier (France) and has served as assistant conduction of the Columbia University and American Composers orchestras. He has recorded for Albany, ArtVoice, Carrier, Cybele, Hat Hut, Indexical, and Tzadik.  

 

venue

Bohemian National Hall

321 East 73rd Str., 4th Floor

New York, NY 10021

 

 

This event is organized by Dvorak American Heritage Association (DAHA), with support by BBLA.

 

Image: Photograph by John Gurrin.

 

Venue:

Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States

Date

Feb 28, 2019 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

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