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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Jupiter 2017 - 2018 Season
20 Mondays at 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM

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Concert Venue:
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
152 West 66 Street (west of Broadway), New York

Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church

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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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Monday, February 5, 2pm & 7:30pm 
Nosh on Goulash
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
152 West 66 Street (west of Broadway)
Drew Petersen, piano
Danbi Um, violin
Claire Bourg, violin
Cong Wu, viola
Zlatomir Fung, cello
Barry Crawford, flute
Vadim Lando, clarinet

Drew Petersen piano
Winner of the 2017 American Pianists Awards, 2015 Leeds (4th prize), Kosciuszko-Chopin competitions, Jan Gorbaty Award, and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis ~ featured in “How to Raise a Prodigy” The New York Times, October 31, 2012 and Katie Couric’s talk show January 8, 2013 ~ “Thrilling piano playing wedded to astute quite astonishing musicianship.” East Hampton Star

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

Franz DOPPLER  Andante and Rondo Op. 25
   ~ the flute, clarinet, and piano breeze through the flashy piece (originally with 2 flutes) featuring a lyrical Andante and a rhythmic Rondo with the cockiness and brio of a Hungarian gypsy dance

Born in Lemberg, Poland, Franz and his brother Karl were taught by their father, Joseph, who was a composer and oboist. Franz made his debut in Vienna at the age of 13 and became famous as a virtuoso flutist touring Europe with Karl, giving duo recitals before both became prominent members of Hungarian orchestras. Franz first joined the German Theatre from 1838, then the Hungarian National Theatre from 1841. He composed a German opera and several Hungarian operas that were produced at the Theatre, all with appreciable success. In 1853, together with Karl and others, they founded the Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra, and the brothers also resumed their concert tours throughout Europe.

György Sándor LIGETI  Régi magyar társas táncok “Old Hungarian Ballroom Dances”
   ~ probably the Hungarian modernist master’s most listenable and appealing work ~ for flute, clarinet, and string quartet

“Let me tell you an anecdote,” divulged Ligeti in an interview. “Some eight years ago, I read a review published in New York. It said the Six Bagatelles had been performed in the city and Ligeti who had so far written indigestible music, had at last produced some beautiful stuff. The critic had no idea when the quintet had been composed [it was 1953]. If my verbunkos arrangement Old Hungarian Ballroom Dances were to be played again, it could easily become my most popular composition, even though it is but the arrangement of pieces by Lavotta, Bihari, and Csermák.” János Lavotta (1764–1820), János Bihari (1764–1827), and Antal Csermák (1774–1822) were popular composers in the verbunkos (Hungarian dance and music) style. New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini finds that “Below the surface of this genial suite of dance tunes, you detect the young composer sticking it to the Soviet cultural police with seemingly ironic touches: sour voicing of chords; excessively filigreed clarinet riffs; sturdy bass lines that turn thumpy.”

Tommasini also provides the following background: “Born in 1923 to a Jewish family,...Ligeti was conscripted into a labor camp during the last phase of the war. In late 1945 he resumed his musical studies at the conservatory in Budapest. But in 1948 composers working in the People’s Republic of Hungary were subject to the Stalinist decree banning modern music.” Such were the circumstances under which Old Hungarian Ballroom Dances was written.

Antonín DVORÁK  Sonatina Op. 100
   ~ nicknamed “Indian Lament” after its wistful Larghetto, the Sonatina was written during the Czech composer’s stay in New York City, inspired by Native American melodies and Negro spirituals ~ arranged for clarinet and string quartet by the British clarinetist Jack Brymer from the original for violin and piano

In the book New Worlds of Dvorák by the Dvorák scholar Michael Beckerman, he has depicted a curiosity—an illustration of a poem by Anne Reeve Aldrich, “Music of Hungary,” dedicated to Dvorák, showing that the composer has crossed out every instance of the word “Hungary” and written in “Bohemia.” (Perhaps he was objecting to the poet’s conflation of his homeland with Hungary, whereas he would have strongly identified with Bohemia and would never have considered his homeland to be Hungary.) The poem appears in Aldrich’s book Songs about Life, Love and Death, published by Charles Scribner’s Sons in 1892.

Zoltán KODÁLY  Intermezzo with folk airs
   ~ awash in beguiling Hungarian folk tunes, reflecting his deep interest in his native folk heritage

Both Dohnányi and Kodály were students at the Budapest Academy of Music, but their music took different paths. Dohnányi continued composing in the Brahmsian tradition, and Kodály became one of first and most significant figures in the field of ethnomusicology. In 1905 he visited many remote villages to collect authentic folk songs, transcribing and recording them on phonograph cylinders. In 1907 he joined the faculty at the Academy, and later became Dohnányi’s assistant when the latter was appointed director in February 1919, under the Soviet Republic government. However, in October, a new counter-Revolutionary interim government replaced him with the prominent violinist Jenö Hubay after Dohnányi had refused to dismiss Kodály from the Academy for his leftist leanings (he was later reinstated). In 1911, with the creation of the New Hungarian Music Society, Kodály and Dohnányi firmly established themselves alongside Bartók as a powerful force in Hungary’s developing musical culture.

Erno (Ernst von) DOHNÁNYI  Piano Quartet in F# minor
   ~ dark and brooding introspection pervades this impressive, expressive piece, written at age 14 under the influence of Brahms

Next to Liszt, Dohnányi is considered Hungary’s most versatile musician, whose tireless work reshaped the country’s musical life on a vast scale, and whose influence was far-reaching. Born in 1877 in Pressburg, young Ernst was first taught the piano by his father at age 6 and was composing by 7. During his childhood, Dohnányi sometimes spent time in the summer with his father in Upper Hungary at the old country house of Karl Haulik, a zealous amateur musician. During one of these visits Dohnányi met a Viennese artist named Ernst Stohr, who painted his portrait in pastels. As told by Dohnányi’s third wife Ilona in the biography, A Song of Life, “When he heard the Piano Quartet that Dohnányi had composed when he was fourteen years old, Stohr exclaimed, ‘This work has to be performed in Vienna!’ and took the manuscript with him when he departed for the imperial capital. Stohr arranged for Dohnányi’s Piano Quartet in F-sharp Minor to be performed in Vienna on 11 March 1894 at a concert of the Ersten Wiener Volks Quartet (First Viennese People’s Quartet), with the sixteen-year-old composer at the piano.”

Jupiter Players on this program:

Claire Bourg violin
A laureate of many competitions, she has appeared on NPR’s From the Top and Chicago’s WFMT Introductions radio programs

Cong Wu viola
Winner of the Third Prize and Best Performance in the 2014 Primrose Viola Competition

Zlatomir Fung cello
Won first prize at the 2017 Young Concert Artists Auditions, 2016 Enescu, and 2015 Johansen competitions, and gold medals in the 2014 Stulberg and Irving Klein competitions

Barry Crawford flute
“He is a superb flutist with a silvery tone, exquisite phrasing, and a fluid deftness in his fingering.” Southampton Press

Vadim Lando clarinet
Winner of the CMC Canada, Yale and Stonybrook competitions ~ “consistently distinguished...vibrant, precise, virtuosic playing” The New York Times

Monday, January 22, 2pm & 7:30pm 
Poles Apart
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
152 West 66 Street (west of Broadway)
Roman Rabinovich, piano
Asi Matathias, violin
Lisa Shihoten, violin
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
Zlatomir Fung, cello
Barry Crawford, flute
Rita Mitsel, oboe
Vadim Lando, clarinet
Gina Cuffari, bassoon
Paul Murphy, trumpet

Roman Rabinovich piano
Winner of the Rubinstein, Animato and Arjil competitions, the Mezzo and Salon de Virtuosi awards, and the Vendome Prize ~ “He is an artist of the highest caliber; a pianist with complete technical command, a prodigious memory, and a highly individual personality at the piano.” Palm Beach Arts ~ “Remarkable performance from a pianist whose mature, self-assured playing belies his chronological age.” San Francisco Classical Voice

Asi Matathias violin
Protégé of Pinchas Zukerman, already recognized as one of the most talented musicians of his generation. He made his debut at the age of fourteen with the Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta, displaying a musical maturity and inspiration far beyond his years.

Karol KURPINSKI  Fantasy for string quartet
   ~ essentially a collection of folk dances—Polish melodies—by Poland’s most important composer before Chopin

It was this use of folk themes in his compositions—operas, orchestral works, polonaises—that kept Polish culture alive. An organ prodigy, Kurpinski (1785–1857) worked as a church organist at age 12, and in 1819 became Kapellmeister of the Polish royal chapel. The following year he founded and edited the first Polish music periodical, Tygodnik muzyczny (“Music Weekly”). From 1824 till 1840 he was principal conductor of the Warsaw Opera. The New Grove Dictionary states that Kurpinski was, with his teacher Józef Elsner, “a central figure in the musical life of Warsaw, and conducted Chopin’s first public concerts there. One of the most talented Polish composers before Chopin, he helped to lay the foundations of a national style and prepared the ground for Polish music of the Romantic period. Gifted with exceptional creative originality, he contributed to the development of Polish opera, introducing new musical devices and achieving an intensified dramatic expression.... Although brought up on the Viennese Classics, Kurpinski followed the spirit of his time, combining the new achievements of European music with the folklore of his own country.”

CHOPIN  4 Polish Songs from a set of 17 for soprano and piano Op. 74
   ~ beautiful, unassuming folk-flavored miniatures:
 Mädchens Wunsch (“The Maiden’s Wish”) • 1829
 Trübe Wellen (“Troubled Waters”) • 1831
 Was ein junges Mädchen Liebt (“What a Young Maiden Loves”) • 1829

CHOPIN  Etude in C# minor Op. 25 No. 7
   ~ arranged for string quartet by Mily Balakirev, the Russian pianist, composer, and conductor who promoted musical nationalism

Alexandre TANSMAN  Septuor
   ~ devilish syncopations and expressive melodic lines enliven his playful Neoclassical septet for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, viola, and cello

Tansman (1897–1986) is regarded as one of the greatest Polish musicians. Although he lived much of his life in Paris, he himself declared, “It is obvious that I owe much to France, but anyone who has ever heard my compositions cannot have doubt that I have been, am and forever will be a Polish composer.” His music drew on his Polish Jewish heritage as well as French musical influences. In 1941, with the threat of Hitler looming, he fled to Los Angeles with the help of Charlie Chaplin. There, he composed film scores, including Paris Underground (1945), which was nominated for an Oscar. Tansman was also a virtuoso pianist, performing worldwide for audiences, among them Emperor Hirohito and Mahatma Gandhi.

Ludomir RÓZYCKI  Piano Quintet Op. 35
   ~ magnificent Neoromantic masterwork, offering a rich and sumptuous tonal palette and a vast array of expressive devices

Composition on the expansive Quintet began while Rózycki was on a visit to Paris in the summer of 1913, and was completed in Berlin a few months later. Colin Anderson observed, “It is immediately arresting in its dark heavy-heartedness—it may remind of Fauré—and it’s a beautiful piece, soulful sentiments and powerful emotions entwined, and superbly crafted. The three movements are of equal length, fourteen minutes here, with a central slow one that tolls particularly desolate if profoundly eloquent expressions that become somewhat relieved as the music progresses if only to sink back to melancholy. The Finale...offers a musical spring to the step without ever becoming glib...and...the work ends with a valiant response to previous doldrums.” The noted music critic Wilhelm Altmann felt that it was written by “an early 20th century Beethoven.”

Jupiter Players on this program:

Lisa Shihoten violin
Winner of the Marcia Polayes, Menuhin and Nakamichi competitions

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

Zlatomir Fung cello
Won first prize at the 2017 Young Concert Artists Auditions, 2016 Enescu, and 2015 Johansen competitions, and gold medals in the 2014 Stulberg and Irving Klein competitions

Barry Crawford flute
“He is a superb flutist with a silvery tone, exquisite phrasing, and a fluid deftness in his fingering.” Southampton Press

Rita Mitsel oboe
Principal oboe of Symphony in C and Glens Falls Symphony

Vadim Lando clarinet
Winner of the CMC Canada, Yale and Stonybrook competitions ~ “consistently distinguished...vibrant, precise, virtuosic playing” The New York Times

Gina Cuffari bassoon and mezzo-soprano
Praised for her “sound that is by turns sensuous, lyric, and fast moving” Palm Beach Daily News ~ A versatile singer of many different styles, Gina has performed several shows of contemporary classical music at the Undergroundzero Festival, Metropolitan Club, and Soho Playhouse ~ “the right balance of gracefulness and passion” The New York Times

Paul Murphy trumpet
A cofounder of Decoda, he was a “standout” fellow of ACJW and has performed with Orpheus, the International Contemporary Ensemble, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the American Symphony, New York Pops, and the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra ~ he is also a teaching artist-faculty member of the New York Philharmonic

Monday, February 19, 2pm & 7:30pm 
Italian-Swiss Gems
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
152 West 66 Street (west of Broadway)

Fei-Fei Dong, piano
Itamar Zorman, violin
Cynthia Phelps, viola
Lisa Shihoten, violin
Zlatomir Fung, cello
Sarah Rommel, cello
Vadim Lando, clarinet

FeiFei Dong piano
Winner of the Concert Artists Guild and a top finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn competitions. Praised by the Plain Dealer for her “bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches,” she continues to build a reputation for her poetic interpretations, charming audiences with her “passion, piquancy and tenderness” and “winning stage presence” (Dallas Morning News)

Itamar Zorman violin
Recipient of the 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant ~ winner of the 2011 Tchaikovsky and 2010 Freiburg competitions ~ “a virtuoso of emotions” Göttinger Tageblatt ~ “I cannot believe my ears... such musical originality, a tone full of colors and beauty and an emotional expression full of inner intensity” Hanoch Ron ~ Yedioth Aharonot (Israel's largest newspaper)

Cynthia Phelps viola
Principal Violist of the New York Philharmonic ~ first prizewinner of the Lionel Tertis and Washington International String competitions, and the Pro Musicis Award ~ “Not only does Cynthia Phelps produce one of the richest, deepest viola timbres in the world, she is also a superb musician.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Édouard DUPUY  Introduction and Polonaise
   ~ sweet early Romantic charmer for clarinet and piano by the Swiss-born violinist, singer, and composer

Dupuy led quite a colorful and peripatetic life—by 1785 he was leader at the private theater of Prince Henry of Prussia, but a scandal led to his dismissal in 1792, so he became a touring violinist instead. By 1793 he was in Stockholm, working actively as a singer and composer in the court orchestra. He was then expelled from Sweden in 1799 for political reasons and moved to Copenhagen where, in 1807, he sang the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. His stay in Denmark, however, was cut short—his pupil in singing, Princess Charlotte Frederikke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, fell in love with him, and their alleged affair led to their exile in 1809. Dupuy then went to Paris, but in 1811 a change in the Swedish political situation enabled him to return to Stockholm, where he died in 1822.

Luigi BOCCHERINI  String Quintet in A minor Op. 25 No. 6 (G300)
   ~ virtuosic, tenderly wistful pleaser, with a hint of fandango rhythm in the Allegro movement, written during his employ in the Spanish court of the Infante Don Luis

Boccherini’s closest friends in Madrid were the Font family—violist Francisco Font and his three sons, violinists Antonio and Juan and cellist Pablo. They premiered the majority of his quintets with the Italian composer playing the more virtuosic second cello. The addition of another cello resulted in an innovative string quintet with two cellos, which became Boccherini’s main contribution to the chamber music repertoire.

Joseph LAUBER  (1864-1952) Trois Morceaux Op. 18
   ~ delightful trio for clarinet, viola, and piano gives a sense of the Swiss composer’s work—rooted in German late Romanticism, but also influenced by French Impressionism, especially Debussy and Fauré, and with a dose of Swiss traditional music

Lauber, born in Ruswil, Switzerland, studied at the Zurich Conservatoire before going abroad in 1884, first to Munich to study with Joseph Rheinberger, then to Paris, where he studied composition with Louis Diémer and Jules Massenet at the Paris Conservatoire. Returning to Switzerland, he became the organist in Neuchâtel for several years and for two years taught at the Zurich Conservatoire. He eventually settled in Geneva, teaching at the Conservatoire and also serving as Music Director of the Grand Théâtre de Genève. In 1900 Lauber cofounded L’Association des Musiciens Suisses, which premiered a number of his works and to this day promotes Swiss composers. His oeuvre comprises more than 200 compositions in many genres including an opera, an oratorio, symphonies, concertos, and chamber music for various ensembles and instruments.

Giuseppe MARTUCCI  Piano Quintet in C Major Op. 45
   ~ his first masterpiece—Romantic and melodically striking—expresses passion and drama in a breathtaking stream of energy

Championed by Toscanini, Martucci was perhaps the most significant representative of Italian instrumental music in the second half of the 19th century and revived Italy’s interest in non-operatic music. His compositions are said to unite romantic sonorities with Parnassian elegance, as can be heard in the Piano Quintet.

Jupiter Players on this program:

Lisa Shihoten violin
Winner of the Marcia Polayes, Menuhin and Nakamichi competitions

Zlatomir Fung cello
Won first prize at the 2017 Young Concert Artists Auditions, 2016 Enescu, and 2015 Johansen competitions, and gold medals in the 2014 Stulberg and Irving Klein competitions

Sarah Rommel cello
A recent top prizewinner in the Enescu Cello Competition and Beverly Hills National Auditions ~ recipient of several awards and grants including the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artists Award ~ a founding member of the cello quintet SAKURA and a member of the SHUFFLE ensemble

Vadim Lando clarinet
Winner of the CMC Canada, Yale and Stonybrook competitions ~ “consistently distinguished...vibrant, precise, virtuosic playing” The New York Times

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...


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.

Click on the dates for program details:

September 11 ~ In Homage
September 18 ~ Jazzing It Up
October 2 ~ Brainy Bohemians
October 16 ~ Pianist-Composers
October 30 ~ Drawn to Vienna
November 13 ~ Stars in Prague
November 27 ~ Très Belle
December 4 ~ Role Models
December 18 ~ Gifted Organists
January 8 ~ English Wizardry

January 22 ~ Poles Apart
February 5 ~ Nosh on Goulash
February 19 ~ Italian-Swiss Gems
March 5 ~ Schubert’s Circle
March 19 ~ Rooted in Russia
March 26 ~ Germans of Note
April 9 ~ The Great vs. The Five
April 23 ~ Touched by Mozart
April 30 ~ The French Connection
May 14 ~ Super Stars

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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.

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

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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.”

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