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Momenta String Quartet

Sunday, November 17, 2019 | 7:00 PM

560 Music Center, E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall
560 Trinity Ave., St. Louis, MO 63130


String Quartet No. 3 - Roberto Sierra
String Quartet No. 1 "Seasonal Music" - Christopher Stark
String Quartet No. 1 "Métamorphoses nocturnes" - György Ligeti

Momenta String Quartet

Momenta: the plural of momentum – four individuals in motion towards a common goal. This is the idea behind the Momenta Quartet, whose eclectic vision encompasses contemporary music of all aesthetic backgrounds alongside great music from the recent and distant past. The New York City-based quartet has premiered over 150 works, collaborated with over 200 living composers and was praised by The New York Times for its “diligence, curiosity and excellence.” In the words of The New Yorker’s Alex Ross, “few American players assume Haydn’s idiom with such ease.”

This is a ticketed event.

Event Type

Concerts & Performances


Arts & Sciences


Arts & Culture



Event Contact

Jen Gartley | jgartley@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Christopher Stark - assistant professor of Composition, Washington University in St. Louis

Christopher Stark, whose music The New York Times has called, "fetching and colorful," has been awarded prizes from the Guggenheim Foundation, Chamber Music America, the Barlow Endowment and the Fromm Foundation at Harvard. Named a "Rising Star" by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, his music and arrangements have been performed by ensembles such as the Detroit Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, and Toronto Symphony. In 2012, he was in residence at Civitella Ranieri, a fifteenth-century castle in Italy, and in June of 2016 he was in residence at the Copland House. Recent highlights included performances at the 2016 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and at the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of the 2016 NY Phil Biennial. His film score for the feature-length film "Novitiate" premiered at Sundance in January 2017 and was theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics.

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