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 2017
3 Mondays ~ 7:30 PM

To purchase tickets ~ $25, $17, $10 
please call
(212) 799-1259 or buy at the door
or e-mail admin@jupitersymphony.com

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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.

Office Address:
155 West 68th Street, Suite 319
New York, NY 10023
(212) 799-1259


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

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...

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June 26 ~ Beethoven and his Friends

Stefan Milenkovich, violin
Rebecca Anderson, violin
Maurycy Banaszek, viola
Sung Jin Lee, viola
Nicholas Finch, cello
Barry Crawford, flute
Karl Kramer, horn
Audrey Flores, horn

Stefan Milenkovich violin
Winner of the Indianapolis, Paganini, Tibor Varga, Queen Elisabeth, Yehudi Menuhin, and Young Concert Artists competitions ~ “a stunning virtuoso.” Strings ~ “Milenkovich has remarkable control over his instrument and is blessed with superb intonation and what seems like a limitless capacity for sustaining a big, broad, smooth line.” Los Angeles Times

Franz Anton HOFFMEISTER  Notturno No. 4 in D Major
  ~ by the prominent Viennese publisher of Mozart and Beethoven, who addressed Franz in a letter as “most beloved brother” ~ Hoffmeister’s passion, however, was composing. He was madly prolific, writing 66 symphonies, 100 flute quartets, and numerous quintets and other pieces popular in his day. As a composer he was highly respected by his contemporaries, as documented by a tribute published in Gerber’s Neues Lexikon der Tonkünstler in the year of his death: “If you were to take a glance at his many and varied works... you would have to admire the diligence and the cleverness of this composer.... He earned for himself a well-deserved and widespread reputation through the original content of his works, which are not only rich in emotional expression but also distinguished by the interesting and suitable use of instruments and through good practicability. For this last trait we have to thank his knowledge of instruments, which is so evident that you might think that he was a virtuoso on all of the instruments for which he wrote.” Hoffmeister’s publishing business, begun in 1784, was sold, in part, to Artaria in 1795. He then had a partnership with Ambrosius Kühnel of Leipzig under a new firm, the Bureau de Musique, later taken over by C.F. Peters, one of the oldest publishing houses still in business today.

Louis SPOHR  String Quintet in Eb Major Op. 33 No. 1
  ~ in the style of the quatuors brillants— a fingerbuster for the first violin ~ Considered the greatest classical violinist of his time and one of the most admired and respected composers in his day, Spohr was ranked on par with Mozart and Beethoven. In 1808, he heard a rehearsal of the “Ghost” Piano Trio in Beethoven’s home, and they remained friendly when Spohr was conductor of the Theater an der Wien in 1813-15.

BEETHOVEN  “Razumovsky” String Quartet Op. 59 No. 2
  ~ a superb work with a sumptuous second movement, marked “to be played with great feeling” According to his student Carl Czerny, the inspiration for this work came “when contemplating the starry sky and thinking of the music of the spheres.” The Scherzo includes the famous Russian folk tune, “Slava Bogu ne nebe, Slava!” (“Glory to God in the Heaven, Glory!”). The three Opus 59 quartets were commissioned by Count Andreas Razumovsky, the Russian ambassador to Vienna and an amateur violinist and ardent champion of Beethoven and Haydn. Written in the second half of 1806, they reveal the bold iconoclastic style of Beethoven’s middle period—a shift from Classicism, toward the more introspective, complex language of his late period.

Jupiter Players on this program:

Rebecca Anderson violin
Won first prize at the 2013 American String Teachers competition and 2008 YoungARTS Gold Award of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, named Presidential Scholar in the Arts and Academics

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

Sung Jin Lee viola
Won a special prize at the 2013 Lionel Tertis Viola Competition, and First Prizes at the 2009 Just Viola Festival and 2006 Seoul Youth Chamber Music competitions

Nicholas Finch cello
Principal cellist of the Louisville Orchestra

Barry Crawford flute
“Crawford’s playing was superb. I admired his tone, his phrasing and breath control, and the joy-giving communicative quality of his playing.” Southampton Press

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

Audrey Flores horn
Was principal Horn of Symphony in C, and the Allentown Symphony, Audrey has played in such orchestras as the New World Symphony and Albany Symphony. She also performs as a chamber musician with the 85th Street Wind Quintet, the Hora Decima Brass Ensemble, and Big Apple Brass Trio

To purchase tickets ~ $25, $17, $10 
please call
(212) 799-1259 or buy at the door
or e-mail admin@jupitersymphony.com

July 17 ~ Beethoven and the Bohemians

Danbi Um, violin
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
abriel Cabezas, cello
Xavier Foley, Double Bass

Danbi Um violin
Won First Prize at the Astral Auditions and is a top prizewinner of the Menuhin and Michael Hill competitions

BEETHOVEN  6 Ländler WoO15
  ~ colorful and tuneful, with a sense of humor, creating a festive mood ~ for 2 violins and double bass ~ The set of German dances, written around the time he was working on his Symphony No. 2, was Beethoven’s last commission that he accepted for the annual winter dances at the Redoutensaal of the Hofburg Palace in Vienna

Wenzel MATIEGKA  Serenade  Op. 8
  ~ his reworking of BEETHOVEN’s enchanting string trio for the novel instrumentation of violin, viola, and guitar creating a tapestry of sound with unusual sonorities and new harmonic interest ~ The 19th century violinist and musicologist Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski observed, “...since we do not really know of the circumstances relative to the composition of this ‘serenade’ one can imagine that he wrote it to give the impression of the spontaneous artistic spirit. It is that which this work reflects perfectly. It is an ephemeral pièce d’occasion, but a small, finely worked tableau.... A sense of humor is the center of gravity in this work.”

Antonín DVORÁK  “Double Bass” String Quintet Op. 77
  ~ with the Intermezzo (Andante religioso) movement as was originally written ~ the “Idol of Prague” does not disappoint with this luscious quintet scored for string quartet and double bass, with rich harmonies and seductive melodies evocative of Bohemian folk music

Jupiter Players on this program:

Mari Lee violin
Fellow of Ensemble Connect, she has participated at Le Festival de Radio France Montpellier, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Krzyzowa in Silesia, Ravinia, and Marlboro ~ praised by Zürichsee Zeitung as “an outstanding musician…with an artful, expressive power.”

Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt viola
Winnings include First Prize at the 2013 Banff Competition, Gold Medal and Grand Prize at the 2010 Fischoff Competition, First Prize at the Lionel Tertis Viola Competition, and top prizes at the Tokyo and Sphinx competitions ~ “she should have a great future” Tully Potter ~ Wigmore Hall ~ lyricism that stood out...a silky tone and beautiful, supple lines
Strad Magazine

Gabriel Cabezas cello
Won First Prize at the 2016 Sphinx Competition and 2014 Astral Artists’ Auditions ~ “an intense player who connects to the music naturally, without artifice, and brings a singing line to the cello” The Oregonian ~ “remarkably poised and elegant...with superb attention to phrasing, nuance and tonal coloration” The Plain Dealer

Xavier Foley double bass
Won First Prize at the 2016 Astral Artists’ Auditions, 2014 Sphinx Competition and 2009 and 2011 Bassists Society competitions ~ “The doublebass world could use Xavier Foley. At 21, he’s a standout player.” The Philadelphia Inquirer

Jordan Dodson guitar
Winner of the 2013 Astral Artists’ National Auditions, 2011 Lillian Fuchs, 2010 Indiana International Guitar, and 2008 American String Teachers Association competitions ~ “One of the top young guitarists of his generation” Performance Today

To purchase tickets ~ $25, $17, $10 
please call
(212) 799-1259 or buy at the door
or e-mail admin@jupitersymphony.com


Jens Nygaard

Dear Friends and Music Lovers,

A stunning expanse of virtually uninterrupted melodies—delivered with polish, style, and great musicianship awaits you.

We believe Jupiter’s concerts are enlightening and worthwhile. In our world today, most things are within reach online, or with a press of the button. But nothing beats a live performance. At Jupiter, we aim to give you a musical high so high, you’ll be thrilled with every concert. We hope you’ll return time and again.

You can delve into many Beautiful Minds, relish the Gewandhaus, some Sweet ’n’ Sassy and Aeolian Gold, even Hair Raisers and Divine Madness, and everything else between.

Jupiter’s journey continues to be offered at a nominal price that covers only 25% of our costs. Thus, once again, we need your support, which is always greatly appreciated. Please give as much as you can. 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.

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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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155 West 68th Street, Suite 319, New York, NY 10023
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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
The Box Office at the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
will be open 35 minutes prior to each concert.

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