New Julliard Ensemble. Photo by Ted Sullivan

Juilliard Concert II: New Music for String Quartet

Members of The New Juilliard Ensemble: Elizabeth Derham and Maria Im, violins; Kim Mai Nguyen, viola; Paul Dwyer, cello

Sunday, July 21, 2013, 8:00 p.m.

The Museum of Modern Art established Summergarden in 1971. In keeping with MoMA’s history of presenting jazz and classical music in the Sculpture Garden, this year’s concert series once again welcomes the participation of The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Titled New Music for New York, the series comprises four evenings of adventurous contemporary music, with premieres each night. Juilliard concerts are performed by members of The New Juilliard Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Joel Sachs, who has assembled two distinctive programs of recent compositions, all of which are enjoying their New York premieres. Jazz at Lincoln Center has selected two up-and-coming jazz ensembles whose concerts emphasize original works, each with one world premiere.

Tonight's Musical Performance
Aleksandr Lasoń
(Poland, b. 1951)
String Quartet no. 4, “Of Tarnowskie Góry” (2000)—Western hemisphere premiere
Although not explicitly depictive, Mr. Lasoń’s String Quartet no. 4 is dedicated to lovers of the region of Tarnowskie Góry, an ancient, picturesque town northeast of Kraków. The quartet, composed in 2000 on a commission from a regional association, was premiered the Silesian Quartet, a distinguished Polish group known for its dedication to new music.

Elinor Armer (United States, b. 1939)
String Quartet 2011 (2011)—New York premiere
Ms. Armer writes: “String Quartet 2011 was inspired by circular images. It is organized around human experiences of circularity—from confinement to fulfillment, from stasis to mobility, from repression to expression, from departure to return—in an arch form with quintuple meters.”

Alessandro Annunziata (Italy, b. 1968)
String Quartet no. 1, “Griko” (2011)—United States premiere
Mr. Annunziata says, “The quartet is based on the lively musical forms and melodic inflections of Salento—a region in southern Italy that was a Greek colony in ancient times.” The composer draws on and elaborates this folk material in his four-movement composition.

Summergarden is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Sculpture Garden may close if attendance reaches maximum capacity. Entrance to Summergarden is through the Sculpture Garden gate on West 54 Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues. The Sculpture Garden opens at 7:00 p.m., and concerts start at 8:00 p.m. and run approximately one hour to 90 minutes. The Sculpture Garden closes at 10:00 p.m. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in The Agnes Gund Garden Lobby, and the Museum’s 54 Street entrance will open at 7:30 p.m. The exhibition galleries are closed during Summergarden. The Garden Bar sells savory and sweet treats, including baguette sandwiches and homemade soft pretzels with dipping sauces, locally made gelato from Il Laboratorio del Gelato, wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. In the event of rain, refreshments are not available.

Major annual support for Summergarden is provided by The Ethel P. Shein Fund for Music at MoMA, which is generously funded by Agnes Gund and by Paul D. Shein and family, in memory of Ethel P. Shein.

For more live music at MoMA this summer, visit during MoMA Nights.