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 2019
3 Mondays ~ 7:30 PM

To purchase tickets~ $25, $17, $10 ~
please call
(212) 799-1259 or buy at the door
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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

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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...

Alina Ming Kobialka, violin
Randall Mitsuo Goosby, violin
Julian Rhee, violin
Abigel Kralik, violin
Maurycy Banaszek, viola
Ren Martin-Doike, viola
Oliver Herbert, cello
Connor Kim, cello

Monday, June 24 at 7:30pm 
Sizzling Strings with 4 Crack Violinists
Christ and Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church
120 West 69th Street (east of Broadway)

Alina Ming Kobialka violin
Winner at the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Concerto Competition at age 13, grand prize at the 2012 Mondavi competition, and second prize at the 2017 Elmar Oliveira competition ~ The San Francisco Classical Voice described her as a “jaw-droppingly assured” soloist, who “made present and future converge.” The Las Vegas Review Journal added, “Watch for her name. She appears to be bound for greatness.”

Randall Mitsuo Goosby violin
Winner of the 2018 Young Concert Artists Auditions, and 3rd Prize at the 2018 Sphinx Competition (senior division) ~ “exerted a masterly level of control and lavished an exquisite tone... his performance won him a deserved standing ovation for its sheer virtuosity” The New York Times

Julian Rhee violin
Won First Prize at the 2018 Johansen Competition, 2018 Aspen Violin Concerto Competition, the Irving Klein competition, and a 2018 Presidential Scholars in the Arts medal, First Prize at the 2018 Barnett and 2018 Rembrandt chamber music competitions, and Gold Medals at the Fischoff and M-Prize competitions

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

BEETHOVEN  String Quintet in F Major Op. 17
   ~ originally the Horn Sonata, written for a concert in Vienna on 18 April 1800 and played by Giovanni Punto, the most famous horn virtuoso of the day, with Beethoven at the piano

SCHUBERT  Rondo in A Major D. 438
   ~ a concerto of sorts for solo violin and string quartet, with elegant memorable themes and a rambunctious finale

Louis SPOHR  Double Quartet No. 1 in D minor Op. 65
   ~ a quaint genre of 2 facing string quartets, as scarce as hen’s teeth, allowing for alternating thematic material, thus creating a dialog and greater use of tonal coloration

MENDELSSOHN  String Octet in Eb Major Op. 20
   ~ one of the miracles of 19th-century music, the sublime masterpiece was written at age 16

Jupiter Players on this program:

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

Ren Martin-Doike viola
Won the Fontys prize at the Rubinstein Competition, First Prize in the string quartet division at the Fondation Maurice Ravel Competition, and the Prix de musique de chambre at the Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau

Oliver Herbert cello
Won a top and special prizes in the 2018 Lutoslawski competition; winner of the first and Casals prizes in the 2015 Irving Klein and a top prize in the 2015 Stulberg competitions

Connor Kim cello
Prizewinner at the Menuhin-Dowling and American Fine Arts Festival competitions ~ founding member of the Kila Quartet (formerly Lauder)

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Stefan Milenkovich, violin
Zsche Chuang Rimbo Wong, viola
Christine Lamprea, cello

Monday, July 15 at 7:30pm 
Marie Antoinette’s Court
Christ and Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church
120 West 69th Street (east of Broadway)

Stefan Milenkovich violin
Winner of the Indianapolis, Paganini, Tibor Varga, Queen Elisabeth, Yehudi Menuhin, and Young Concert Artists competitions ~ “a stunning virtuoso.” Strings ~ “Milenkovich’s recital at the Kennedy Center was so disarmingly magical that it is not easy to describe its glories. This is not so much a matter of a dazzling virtuosity (though he has it all) as of searching musicianship.” The Washington Post

Zsche Chuang Rimbo Wong viola
She has served as principal violist for Yale, Curtis, and festivals such as Verbier; and she performs regularly as a substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, and A Far Cry ~ her “prodigious technique and powerful ability to project was as stunning as her expressive playing” ClevelandClassical

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”

Johann Adolph HASSE  Sinfonia in G minor
  ~ for string quartet & double bass, magnificent Baroque stunner
by one of her teachers, who later dedicated a book to her

Christoph Willibald GLÜCK  Trio Sonata No. 2 in G minor
  ~ stately sonata for 2 violins and continuo by Marie Antoinette’s teacher, whose music she loved and whose works she promoted in France

HAYDN  Sympyony No. 85 “La Reine”
  ~ Marie Antoinette declared it her favorite Symphony before it was named after her ~ in Haydn’s arrangement for string quartet, virtually forgotten in this version

Le Chevalier de SAINT-GEORGES  String Quartet in C Op. 1 No. 1
  ~ written around 1770 by Marie Antoinette’s violin teacher and music director, with whom she was close

Giovanni Battista VIOTTI  Duetto a un violino solo WV23
  ~ a workout for one violinist doing the work of two by Marie Antoinette’s personal violinist and accompanist

MOZART  Eine kleine Nachtmusik K. 525
  ~ pure and elegant masterpiece—a miniature symphony for 2 violins, viola, cello, and double bass

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Jens Nygaard

Dear Friends and Music Lovers,

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   Why? Jupiter is a valuable asset that offers growth in enjoyment, with interesting and varied programs, and it’s the best in class. It also offers many performance opportunities to numerous remarkable musicians, while continuing to keep ticket prices low. No speculation needed, no volatility expected. The yield includes rock solid support of super talents and guaranteed high returns in bliss from top quality music making. There’s nothing to lose in mining Jupiter. No risk.
   So sign up now for a full series of 20 concerts, or miss out on half the fun and sign up for 10 concerts. We’ll even more than welcome you on a per concert basis!
   How is this investment possible at such bargain rates? Here’s where you come in—your gift is the seed capital for a thriving Jupiter! Please give as much as you can. You’ll have our gratitude in spades.
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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Click on the dates for 2018-2019 program details:

September 17 ~ Beauty & Seduction
September 24 ~ 2001
Remembering Jens Nygaard
October 8 ~ Otherworldly
October 22 ~ From Nordic Lands
October 29 ~ Tapping Tapas
November 12 ~ Making America Great
November 19 ~ “Eastern” Mosaic
December 3 ~ Made in Vienna
December 17 ~ Romanticism : 3 Ways
January 7 ~ Salute to 3 Knights

January 21 ~ Women’s Jewels
February 4 ~ Lieber Leipzig
February 18 ~ French Treats
March 4 ~ 2 Geniuses
March 18 ~ Germans at Home & Abroad
March 25 ~ Czech Medley
April 8 ~ Batons at Rest
April 15 ~ Virtuoso Pianist-Composers
April 29 ~ The Kreutzer Connection
May 13 ~ German Giants

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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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office address:
155 West 68th Street, Suite 319, New York, NY 10023
For information or to order tickets, please call:
(212) 799-1259

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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