An Evening with Reinaldo Moya

Presented by The DaPonte String Quartet

The DaPonte String Quartet will perform “Chapter One,” preceded and followed by conversation and presentation by both the composer, Reinaldo Moya, and string quartet members. “Chapter One” premiered in February of 2021, and was a commission by The Jasper Quartet.

The FREE program will last approximately 60 minutes.

The composer says of this piece: 

“… Chapter One is a piece about restarts and finding your way to a destination after many tries. Each of the short movements in the piece are new beginnings. The idea for a piece made up of beginnings came to me through reading I, the Divine by Rabih Alameddine, a novel written entirely out of first chapters. There is a certain energy to beginnings that to me was attractive and worth exploring. …”

This event is being produced in connection with the Inaugural Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Composer Award, a collaboration between the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, and the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation. Moya, who resides in Minnesota, secured the $20,000.00 award, coupled with a performance by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, from a nationally competitive field of over 300 submissions juried by esteemed professionals in the field: Nico Muhly, Gabriella Frank and David Allan Miller. 

The DaPonte String Quartet relates, “We love this music, and are excited to learn the piece. Thank you for being an inspiring voice!" The string quartet envisions a presentation wherein they will perform movements more than once with Reinaldo providing additional explanation in between to really engage and bring the listeners deeply and fully into the music and it’s origins. 

This event is sponsored by First National Bank.


About Reinaldo Moya

Reinaldo Moya is a graduate of Venezuela’s El Sistema music education system. Through El Sistema, he had access to musical training from an early age and was a founding member of the Simón Bolívar Orchestra touring throughout Europe, North and South America. Moya is the Composer-in-Residence at the Schubert Club. He is the recipient of the 2015 McKnight Composers Fellowship, the Van Lier Fellowship from Meet the Composer and the Aaron Copland Award from the Copland House. He graduated from The Juilliard School with both masters and doctorate degrees, under the tutelage of Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser. He received his Bachelors in Music degree from West Virginia University, where his principal teacher was John Beall.

Moya recently completed the opera "Memory Boy," with a libretto by Mark Campbell, which was commissioned by the Minnesota Opera for its Project Opera and premiered in February of 2016. Excerpts from his opera Generalissimo (about the life, death and afterlife of a fictionalized Latin American dictator) have been performed in New York at Symphony Space and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. His orchestral piece Siempre Lunes, Siempre Marzo was performed by the New Jersey Symphony and The Juilliard Orchestra. In the fall of 2016, his Passacaglia for Orchestra was chosen by the audience and the musicians of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra as the winner of the Earshot Composers Competition sponsored by the American Composers Orchestra.

His music has been performed in Germany, Colombia, Australia, Argentina, Venezuela and throughout the United States by performers such as the Juilliard Orchestra, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Attacca Quartet as well as musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, among others. Mr. Moya has taught at St. Olaf College and Interlochen Arts Camp, and is currently Assistant Professor of Composition at Augsburg University in Minneapolis.

Show Dates & Times:

9/4/21 - Saturday

7:00 pm,


125 seats will be available for this show. Seats can be reserved in advance at the link below

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