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

one of the most refined and intelligent church spaces in New York~ The New York Times

Built in 1893 by Josiah Cleveland Cady, architect of the old Metropolitan Opera House and the American Museum of Natural History

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155 West 68th Street, Suite 319
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

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, October 16, 2pm & 7:30pm 
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
152 West 66 Street (west of Broadway)
Adam Neiman, piano
Stefan Milenkovich, violin
Zlatomir Fung, cello
Barry Crawford, flute
Vadim Lando, clarinet

Adam Neiman piano
Winnings include an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Michaels Award of the Young Concert Artists, and Gilmore Young Artist Award ~ “This was playing of wisdom and light.” The Washington Post
~ “A great achievement; bold, free, and with high intellect... élan, bravura and energy...” Mindelheimer Zeitung

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

Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL  Grand rondo brillant in G Major Op. 126
   ~ exceptionally tuneful and inventive duo for flute and piano, with florid passagework for both instruments

Hummel was born in Pressburg, Hungary, then a part of the Austrian Habsburg Monarchy. A pupil of Mozart, Haydn, Salieri, and Albrechtsberger, he became one of Europe’s greatest composers and perhaps the greatest piano virtuoso in Europe for more than 2 decades. In 1804 he succeeded Haydn as Konzertmeister and later as Kapellmeister at the court of Esterházy in Eisenstadt. Hummel died a rich man after a long and successful career, then faded into obscurity with the arrival of Romanticism.

LISZT  Hungarian Rhapsody No. 9
   ~ from a set of 19 piano pieces of daring originality, the “Carnival in Pest” is colorful, flamboyant, and wild ~ in his rendition for piano trio

The Hungarian Rhapsodies were drawn from Liszt’s native folk music, although many were tunes written by members of the Hungarian upper middle class, often played by Roma (gypsy) bands. The 9th Rhapsody was dedicated to Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, the Moravian-Jewish violinist and composer who was Paganini’s greatest successor.

RACHMANINOFF  2 Morceaux de salon Op. 6
   ~ comprising a melancholy Romance and brilliant, fiery Danse Hongroise for piano and violin

The Morceaux, possibly dedicated to the violinist Julius Conus, sit between 2 significant moments in the Russian composer’s output—the early C# minor Prelude (his first and great solo piano piece that became a warhorse) and his Symphony No. 1 in D minor, which had such a disastrous premiere under the inept baton of Alexander Glazunov that Rachmaninoff suffered a breakdown and could not compose for 4 years.

Adam NEIMAN  Trio
   ~ a New York premiere for his Neoromantic piece for violin, clarinet, and piano ~ Adam has been performing as a pianist with Jupiter since 2001, the year of Jens Nygaard’s last concert season

CHOPIN  Piano Trio in G minor Op. 8
   ~ warm and genial, with a magnificent piano part, the neglected trio was composed at the impressionable age of 19, when he heard Hummel and Paganini

Jupiter Players on this program:

Zlatomir Fung cello
Won first prize at the 2016 Enescu and 2015 Johansen competitions, and gold medals in the 2014 Stulberg and Irving Klein Competitions ~ featured on NPR’s From the Top 6 times as well as Performance Today

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, October 30, 2pm & 7:30pm 
Drawn to Vienna
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
152 West 66 Street (west of Broadway)
Maxim Lando, piano
Areta Zhulla, violin
Frank Morelli, bassoon
Nathan Meltzer, violin
Cong Wu, viola
Christine Lamprea, cello
Barry Crawford, flute

Maxim Lando piano
Gold Medal : 2017 Berliner International Competition; Gold Prize : 2015 International Television Contest for Young Musicians in Moscow; 2nd Prize : Kissinger Klavier Olymp in Germany; Winner : 2014 Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition ~ He has an ever so clear approach to the keyboard, and the molding and shaping of phrases straight from the musical angels
The Berkshsire Fine Arts ~ I’m scared,” Lang Lang said of Maxim’s Fairy Tales by Medtner, I couldn’t play that way when I was 13.”

Areta Zhulla violin
Recipient of the 2011 “Young Artist of the Year” award by the National Critics Association of Music and Drama in Greece, the Triandi Career Grant and Prassopoulos Foundation Award ~ “Impressively luminous and grand, Areta Zhulla’s sound offered a rich variety of nuances... her interpretation was molded with clarity, rare psychological sensitivity and internal articulation” The Daily National Greek Newspaper

Frank Morelli bassoon
Member of the renowned quintet, Windscape ~ “Morelli’s playing is a joy to hear” Gramophone ~ “as good as it gets” American Record Guide ~ “Morelli has set a new standard of playing that will undoubtedly influence generations to come” IDRS Journal 

MOZART  Quartet in F Major K. 370
   ~ an admirable transcription from the original Oboe Quartet for bassoon and string trio by Mordechai Rechtman, the renowned Israeli bassoonist

Among the demanding works written for the oboe, the superb Quartet was composed early in the year for Friedrich Ramm, the virtuoso oboist of the Electoral Court Orchestra in Munich, where Mozart had gone to complete his opera Idomeneo for its premiere.

BEETHOVEN  Trio in G Major WoO 37
   ~ influenced by Mozart, both in its large-scale characteristics and piano figurations ~ for flute, bassoon, and piano

The Trio was most likely written for the von Westerholt family—the father, Electoral Equerry and Privy Councillor Baron Friedrich Rudolph Anton von Westerholt-Giesenberg, played the bassoon and maintained a wind ensemble among his servants; one of his sons, Wilhelm, played the flute; and his daughter, Maria Anna Wilhelmine, played the piano. The baroness, age 12 at the time, took piano lessons from the fifteen-year-old Beethoven and must have been a good student as the dominant piano part is not easy.

SCHUBERT  Violin Sonata in A Major D. 574
   ~ an exquisite duo balancing the contrasting influences of Beethoven and Rossini with his own lyricism, arranged by August Wilhelmj for string quartet

In the words of Michael Parloff, “The entire work is an unbroken stream of graceful, beautifully crafted melody, reflecting his quintessential genius for song” with “a final Allegro vivace...as a whirling Viennese waltz.”

The German violinist and teacher, August Emil Daniel Ferdinand Wilhelmj (1845–1908), was a child prodigy. When Liszt heard him play, he wrote a letter of recommendation to the violin virtuoso and composer Ferdinand David, declaring, “Let me present you the future Paganini.”

Marcel TYBERG  Piano Trio in F Major
   ~ ravishing late Romanticism by the Viennese composer who died in Auschwitz

Jupiter Players on this program:

Nathan Meltzer violin
Laureate at the 2017 Windsor Festival String Competition

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

Christine Lamprea cello
First Prize winner of the Sphinx and Schadt competitions, winner of the 2013 Astral Artists’ Auditions and recipient of an award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts ~ praised by the Boston Musical Intelligencer for her “supreme panache and charmingly effortless phrasing”

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

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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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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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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