New York City Premiere of Judith Lang Zaimont’s String Quartet “The Figure”
If you’re in NYC on Sunday July 24th, stop by the Museum of Modern Art’s “Summergarden” free concert series to hear the New York premiere of Judith Lang Zaimont’s String Quartet “The Figure,” performed by The New Juilliard Ensemble led by Joel Sachs. Originally premiered in 2007 by the Harlem Quartet in Syracuse, NY, Joel Sachs programmed the two-movement work because, “I liked the piece very much. And, because these concerts feature compositions that have never been performed in New York City, the work’s character is right for the space and the outdoor setting.” “The Figure’s” NYC premiere is also featured on new music blog Sequenza21.com.
String Quartet “The Figure” was written in 2007 and consists of two movements – I: In Shadow and II: In Bright Light. Commissioned by the Andrews W. Mellon Foundation, the work was premiered by the Harlem Quartet at Syracuse University, Eastman School of Music and Cornell University from September 15 to 17, 2007. They have recorded the work for Zaimont’s Eternal Evolution CD on Parma/Navona Records, which also includes performances by pianist Awadagin Pratt.
Internationally lauded for her dramatic, emotional and vibrant works, Judith Lang Zaimont has been described as “a serious artist, formidably endowed, and capable of a broad audience appeal” (Fanfare). Many of her 100 works are prize-winning compositions; these include three symphonies, chamber opera, oratorios and cantatas, music for wind ensemble, vocal-chamber pieces with varying accompanying ensembles, a wide variety of chamber works, and solo music for string and wind instruments, piano, organ, and voice