A Living Tribute to Jens Nygaard: Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players... It's Out of This World

A chamber music series to acknowledge and perpetuate the legacy of conductor Jens Nygaard, continuing a marvelous journey through the universe of music that includes works from the standard repertoire and the rarely-performed, and featuring outstanding musicians.


Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players

“This was music-making of a very high order”
“at the Jupiter concerts, there is always so much about which to be enthusiastic.”
“the rarities glittered like jewels”

Fred Kirshnit, The New York Sun
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Summer 2018
3 Mondays ~ 7:30 PM

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Concert Venue:
Christ and Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church
Air-Conditioned ~ Handicap Accessible
120 West 69th Street (east of Broadway)
New York, NY 10023

Christ and Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church

Christ and St. Stephen’s was formed by a consolidation, in 1975, of 2 Episcopal congregations: Christ Church, organized in 1793, and St. Stephen’s, founded in 1805. In 1897 St. Stephen’s purchased the present church that had been built in 1876 as the suburban chapel of the Church of Transfiguation (“The Little Church Around the Corner”). William H. Day designed the picturesque church with its low roofline and small tower. Architect J. D. Fouquet remodeled the church at the time of acquisition. In May 2004, a portion of the ceiling collapsed, revealing evidence of the stenciling that once decorated the original walls, inspiring the church vestry to commit to a complete restoration of the interior.

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New York, NY 10023

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Listen to a live recording of the Jupiter Symphony
Chamber Players from September 23, 2013

Recorded by Joseph Patrych

Roman Rabinovich piano
Xiao-Dong Wang violin
Mihai Marica cello

Antonín DVORÁK  Piano Trio No. 1 in Bb Major Op. 21
i. Allegro molto
ii. Adagio molto e mesto
iii. Allegretto scherzando
iv. Finale

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Jupiter in the News

The New York Times
the performers were top notch
The homey church where these concerts take place, nestled on West 66th Street in the shadow of Lincoln Center, is an intimate and acoustically vibrant place for chamber music.”
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times   more...

Strad Magazine
A finely forthright, fluent and expressive account of Haydn's Divertimento in E-flat major opened this programme of miscellaneous chamber music in a series known for adventurous programming.
Dennis Rooney, Strad Magazine   more...

Mr. Nygaard’s cadenza flowed down Mozart lanes and paths, each with beautiful backgrounds. And at the very end, Mr. Nygaard brought forth that martial major theme, like an unexpected gift.” 
Harry Rolnick, ConcertoNet   more...

The New York Times
“...the group’s efforts proved illuminating ...Brown played a lovely, subtly virtuosic cadenza for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 by Jens Nygaard, the ensemble’s founder, who died in 2001, but whose fascination with rarities continues to drive its programming
Allan Kozinn, The New York Times   more...

Monday, June 25 at 7:30pm 
Vive la France
Christ and Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church
120 West 69th Street (east of Broadway)

Abigel Kralik, violin
Randall Mitsuo Goosby, violin
Maurycy Banaszek, viola
Zlatomir Fung, cello
Paul Wiancko, double bass
Karl Kramer, horn

Abigel Kralik violin
Won the first and grand prize at the 2010 Koncz János competition and first prize at the 2012 Talents for Europe competition in Dolny Kubin, Slovakia

Randall Mitsuo Goosby violin
Winner of many awards, including 1st Prize at the 2018 Adelphi Orchestra competition and 3rd prize and Audience Choice of the 2018 Sphinx Competition (senior division); and he was the youngest First Prize winner of the 2010 Sphinx Concerto Competition at age 13 ~ He is also a 2015 Rising Star of the Stradivari Society, and was featured on NPR’s “From the Top” in 2012

André-Frédéric ELER  Horn Quartet Op. 1
   ~ dedicated to Frédéric Duvernoy, the innovative leading horn player of his day

Born in Alsace in 1764, Eler moved to Paris early in his career. When the Paris Conservatoire was formed in 1795, he served as its first librarian for two years, and subsequently taught at different times accompaniment, solfège, vocal training, and counterpoint and fugue until his death in 1821. During this period, he wrote numerous pieces which were performed by the students there. The New Grove Dictionary notes, “Eler’s music demonstrates a solid technique characterized by pure and ‘correct’ harmonies...somewhat Classical melodies, and an interest in counterpoint unusually great among his French contemporaries.... Though he was interested in opera, and wrote well-orchestrated stage works with a good sense of drama, he had little success in the genre.... He also wrote much interesting chamber music, at a time when the genre was little cultivated in France, as well as orchestral pieces, vocal canons and a few works for the Revolutionary cause.”

George ONSLOW  String Quintet No. 30 in E minor Op. 74
   ~ rich in melodies, the Quintet with 2 cellos straddles Classical and Romantic conventions

Franglais son of the English Lord Edward Onslow and noble French woman Marie-Rosalie de Bourdeilles, Onslow lived his entire life in France. He won the prestigious directorship of the Académie des Beaux-Arts over Berlioz, who remarked, “Since Beethoven’s death, he wields the scepter of instrumental music.” Indeed, Onslow’s work was admired by Beethoven and Schubert, and Schumann and Mendelssohn regarded his chamber music on a par with that of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. His 36 string quartets and 34 string quintets were, during his own lifetime and up to the end of the 19th century, held in the highest regard, particularly in Germany, Austria, and England, where he was regularly placed in the front rank of composers. Publishers such as Breitkopf & Härtel and Kistner were among many that competed to market his music.

Camille SAINT-SAËNS  String Quartet No. 1 in E minor Op. 112
   ~ described as “almost otherworldly” and “poetical,” this masterpiece exudes wisdom, melancholy, and grandeur, and includes a lively scherzo with variations on a Breton folk song

Late in life, at the age of 64, Saint-Saëns wrote his first String Quartet, which he dedicated to the violin virtuoso, Eugène Ysaÿe, who premiered it at the Concerts Colonne on 21 December 1899.

Jupiter Players on this program:

Maurycy Banaszek viola
Winner of numerous violin, viola & chamber music awards

Zlatomir Fung cello
Winner of the 2017 Young Concert Artists Auditions and 2017 Astral National Auditions, winner of first prizes at the 2016 Enescu and 2015 Johansen competitions, and gold medals in the 2014 Stulberg and Irving Klein Competitions

Paul Wiancko cello
His winnings at several competitions have led, most notably, to solo performances with the Polish Radio Symphony and the Bahia Symphony at the Teatro Nacional in Brazil ~ winner of the 2018 S&R Foundation Washington Award for Composition

Karl Kramer horn
Winner of the 1997 and 1999 American Horn competitions ~ “a prominent, perilously chromatic horn line, which Karl Kramer played beautifully.” The New York Times

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Monday, July 16 at 7:30pm 
Austro-German Gems II
Christ and Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church
120 West 69th Street (east of Broadway)

Danbi Um, violin
Michael Casimir, viola
Julia Bruskin, cello
Zachary Mowitz, cello

Danbi Um violin
Winner of the 2015 Astral Auditions and top prizewinner of the Menuhin and Michael Hill competitions

Sigismond NEUKOMM  “Schöne Minka” Quintet Op. 8
   ~ Classical in style, the clarinet quintet’s Finale comprises a set of variations on the Ukrainian folk tune “Schöne Minka,” which The Chamber Music Journal contends is better than Beethoven’s and Hummel’s

Famous during the first half of the 19th century, Neukomm’s importance is as a transitional figure between Classicism and Romanticism. He was a prolific composer, his oeuvre comprising some 1300 works. Born in Salzburg, Neukomm studied with Joseph Haydn for 7 years in Vienna, beginning in March 1797. His arrangements of numerous works by Haydn were for the most part sanctioned by the composer. They included The Creation, Il Ritorno di Tobia, The Seasons, and Arianna a Naxos. Between mid-November 1808 and February 1809 he visited Haydn every day.

Ferdinand THIERIOT  (1838-1919) String Sextet in D Major
   ~ a splendid work of great charm and Brahmsian warmth and richness

The North German composer, cellist, teacher, and choral conductor was a pupil of Eduard Marxsen, who also taught Brahms in Hamburg, and of Josef Rheinberger in Munich. He performed as a soloist and as a member of several prominent string quartets. Brahms became a friend and recommended him for the position of Artistic Director of the Steiermärkischer Musikverein in Graz (1870-1885). After World War II, Thieriot’s archive (including the manuscripts) was taken to Leningrad, where the String Sextet was rescued when it was found floating in a flooded basement.

BRAHMS  String Quintet No. 1 in F Major “Spring” Op. 88
   ~ “he described this joyous “Viola Quintet” to Clara Schumann as “one of my finest works” and told his publisher, “You have never before had such a beautiful work from me.”

Jupiter Players on this program:

Michael Casimir viola
Winner of the Sphinx Laureate Award in the 2015, 2011, and 2008 Sphinx Competitions, and winner of the grand prize at the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Competition in 2013. He is currently on trial as Co-Principal violist of the London Philharmonic, is Associate Principal violist of Symphony in C, and was Principal violist of the Curtis Symphony for its 2016-17 season. He also plays regularly with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Julia Bruskin cello
Winner of the Schadt and Brahms competitions and the 2001 Young Concert Artists Auditions ~ Her recent CD of music by Beethoven, Brahms, and Dohnanyi was praised by Fanfare Magazine for its “exquisite beauty of sound and expression.” ~ she is a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and a founding member of the Claremont Trio, which was awarded the first ever Kalichestein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Award

Zachary Mowitz cello
Winner of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Greenfield competition ~ Zachary, is a cofounder of Trio St. Bernard, with pianist Sahun Hong and violinist Brandon Garbot. The Trio won the Gold Prize at the 2018 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition and second prize in chamber music at the 2017 Yellow Springs competition, and was an ensemble in residence at Angel Fire in 2016

Jens Nygaard

Dear Friends and Music Lovers,

   Why not make stargazing a habit at Jupiter—a stellar lineup awaits you.
   Violinist Vadim Gluzman will launch the season with a Big Bang. Our other Stars will shine brightly, too, both familiar and new.
   Marvels galore are in the wings by famous composers—Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms—as well as the neglected and obscure who had huge reputations in their day—Eduard Franck, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Johann Kalliwoda, Karol Kurpinski, and others. They have not faded in our galaxy and will create quite a spectacle.
   We’ll keep you starstruck all season long ~
    Now, what happens when an asteroid hits Planet Jupiter? It probably explodes, likely without leaving a scar. Jupiter on Earth has no “protective” layer around it, but depends on Your Support to survive. So please help if you can can. Your gifts are greatly appreciated. All gifts are tax deductible.

Thank you so much,

Why the name Jupiter: When Jens Nygaard named his orchestra Jupiter, he had the beautiful, gaseous planet in mind—unattainable but worth the effort, like reaching musical perfection. Many, indeed, were privileged and fortunate to hear his music making that was truly Out of This World. Our Players today seek to attain that stellar quality.

Take a look at our guest artists for this season.
Find out more about the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players.

Jupiter featured on Our Net News

American program opener on March 18, with grateful thanks to Michael Shaffer of OurNetNews.com for recording the matinee concert, and making available the Horatio Parker Suite video for our viewing pleasure.

Horatio Parker Suite in A Major, Op. 35, composed in 1893

Stephen Beus piano
Stefan Milenkovich violin
David Requiro cello


More video from this performance can be viewed on our video page

Jupiter on YouTube
featured in a short documentary on artist Michael McNamara

NEW YORK CANVAS : The Art of Michael McNamara is a video portrait of the artist who has painted iconic images of New York City for more than a decade, capturing the changing urban landscape of his adopted city. Our Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players provide the music from Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G Minor, underscoring the inspiration the artist has drawn from Jens Nygaard and the musicians. Michael was also our Jupiter volunteer from 2002 to 2010.

Here is a video of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players performance of the Rondo alla Zingarese movement:


The producer-director, Martin Spinelli, also made the EMMY Award-winning “Life On Jupiter: The Story of Jens Nygaard, Musician.

For more information, visit our video page

Emmy Award-winning “LIFE ON JUPITER - The Story of Jens Nygaard, Musician” available on DVD with bonus music. More Info...

If you wish to purchase your own copy to remember Jens by or for more information visit www.lifeonjupiter.com

The New York Sun Review
by Adam Baer
--The Jupiters Play On--

“Some great musicians get a statue when they pass away. Some get their name imprinted on the roof of a well-known concert hall. But the late conductor Jens Nygaard has a living tribute: an entire ensemble of musicians and a concert series to go along with it...

It is one of the city’s cultural jewels...

In the end, if Mr. Nygaard was known for anything, it was unmitigated verve. That’s what the audience regularly returned for, and that’s what they got Monday afternoon. To have a grassroots community of musicians continue to celebrate Mr. Nygaard with indomitable performances like these week after week, even without the power of world-famous guest soloists, is proper tribute. And with more large orchestras and ensembles needing more corporate sponsorship year after year, I, for one, hope the Jupiter’s individual subscriber-base remains strong.

New York’s musical life needs the spirit of Jens Nygaard, and Mei Ying should be proud she’s keeping it alive.”

Read the complete article on our reviews page.

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MeiYing Manager
Michael Volpert Artistic Director

All performances, except where otherwise noted, are held at:
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
152 West 66 Street (west of Broadway) New York, NY 10023
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