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, November 27, 2pm & 7:30pm 
Très Belle
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
152 West 66 Street (west of Broadway)
Michael Brown, piano
Elizabeth Fayette, violin
Fabiola Kim, violin
Maurycy Banaszek, viola
Mihai Marica, cello
Barry Crawford, flute
Hassan Anderson, oboe
Vadim Lando, clarinet
Adrian Morejon, bassoon
Karl Kramer, horn

Michael Brown piano
Recipient of the 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, winner of the Concert Artists Guild, Gina Bachauer, and Juilliard Concerto competitions ~ “a young piano visionary” The New York Times

Elizabeth Fayette violin
Prizewinner in the 2013 Ima Hogg Competition ~ Second Prize winner in the Young Concert Artists Auditions, awarded the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia Career Grant ~ praised by The New York Times for her “alluring, lustrous sound and seasoned virtuosity”

Charles DANCLA  String Quartet No. 8 in G Major Op. 87
   ~ pyrotechnics abound in this Gold Medal winner of the Société Sainte Cécile of Bordeaux’s music competition, influenced by his deep admiration of Paganini and Vieuxtemps

The quartet is a fine work with passages of rich string sonorities, a joyful and bright minuet, a sublime slow movement, and a bravura finale of perpetual motion. It was dedicated to his friend and compatriot François Soubies, a French politician of the extreme left wing group of the Montagne.

Vincent D’INDY  Sarabande and Minuet for Sextet Op. 72
   ~ adaptation of his sophisticated Suite dans le style ancien, based on traditional dance forms, reflecting his enthusiasm for early music

Although almost forgotten today, d’Indy was a major influence on the generation of French musicians who preceded Impressionism.

Claude DEBUSSY  Children’s Corner : Suite
   ~ written as a solo piano piece to entertain his daughter Claude-Emma, nicknamed Chouchou, who was then three ~ arranged for wind quintet, 2 violins, viola, cello, and double bass by Lucien Cailliet, the French-born American composer and arranger of orchestral music and film scores

The Suite of six pieces, four of which evoke Chouchou’s toys, was given its world première in Paris by the English pianist Harold Bauer on 18 December 1908. Maurice Hinson observed, “These pieces are...small humorous pictures inspired by childhood.... The descriptive, or fanciful titles are symbolic rather than programmatic. They point out, or suggest, through the music, qualities that are difficult to put into words. But Children’s Corner clearly reflects the nursery and the world of childhood fantasy inhabited by Chouchou.” The pieces are entitled in English, most likely a nod to Chouchou’s English governess, Miss Gibbs:

Jimbo’s Lullaby : inspired by Chouchou’s stuffed elephant
Serenade for the Doll : pentatonic musings for her favorite doll
The Snow is Dancing : tiny toccata of dancing snowflakes
The Little Shepherd : a mournful shepherd pipes a wayward tune
   and dance
Golliwogg’s Cakewalk : jazzy ragtime for the doll in vogue

Théodore DUBOIS  Piano Quartet in A minor
   ~ French late Romanticism at its best, with lyrical melodies, fulsome harmonies, and a sublime adagio

Dubois (1837–1924) held a dominant place in French music during the last third of the 19th century, teaching harmony at the Paris Conservatoire for 35 years (beginning in 1871) and serving as the Conservatoire’s director beginning in 1896.

Jupiter Players on this program:

Fabiola Kim violin
Winner of the Aspen, Corpus Christi, and Irving Klein competitions, and Kumho Prodigy Music Award ~ hailed by the New York Times as “a brilliant soloist” of “extraordinary precision and luminosity”

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

Mihai Marica cello
Winner of the Irving Klein, Viña del Mar, Salon de Virtuosi and Dotzauer competitions ~ “We just witnessed a future superstar. Mihai is a brilliant cellist and interpreter of music. His playing is spellbinding.” Mitchell Sardou Klein

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

Hassan Anderson oboe
Oboist with the Shuffle Concert Ensemble

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

Adrian Morejon bassoon
Prizewinner of the Fox-Gillet and Moscow Conservatory competitions ~ he has been praised for his “precise control” by the New York Times and having “every note varnished to a high gloss” by the Boston Globe

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

Monday, December 4, 2pm & 7:30pm 
Role Models
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
152 West 66 Street (west of Broadway)
Roman Rabinovich, piano
Robin Scott, violin
Lisa Shihoten, violin
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
Matthew Cohen, viola
David Requiro, cello
Xavier Foley, Double Bass
Vadim Lando, clarinet

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

Robin Scott violin
First Violin of the Ying Quartet ~ winner of the California Young Artists, WAMSO, Yehudi Menuhin, Irving Klein, and Stulberg competitions ~ he has performed at the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, and Jordan Hall in Boston, and has participated at Marlboro, Ravinia, Yellow Barn, and Kneisel Hall

Franz KROMMER  Clarinet Quintet in Bb Major Op. 95
   ~ early Romantic in expression with original flourishes, while bearing the influence of Haydn and Mozart ~ for clarinet, violin, 2 violas, and cello

Born in Kamenice, Moravia, when Mozart was 3, Krommer (1759–1831) taught himself music theory as a boy through the study of works by Haydn and Mozart. He lived most of his life in Vienna, where he established a towering international reputation as a composer. Several contemporary sources state he was regarded, with Haydn, as the leading composer of string quartets and as a serious rival of Beethoven.

Karl GOLDMARK  String Quintet in A minor
   ~ the Hungarian-born Viennese composer’s “Cello Quintet” persuades with gorgeous melodies and a deeply moving Andante movement

Goldmark, whose fame was limited to Vienna and to his own lifetime, is today remembered for his Violin Concerto and Rustic Wedding Symphony. Born into a lower-middle class Jewish family with over 20 children, he had a sporadic and largely self-taught education, which included an immersion in the study of the music of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Determined, he moved into the forefront of Viennese musical life. His Op. 8 String Quartet made him famous overnight in 1860. He was also a music critic and championed the works of Wagner, founding the Vienna Wagner Verein. He was a teacher and counted Sibelius among his pupils. In 1866 he was made an honorary member of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreund in Vienna, and in 1879, with Brahms and Eduard Hanslick, he judged a distribution of grants to artists. Although Brahms was his friend, one hears Mendelssohn and Schumann in his music, seasoned with lively Hungarian gypsy melodies. Together with Richard Strauss and others, he was made an honorary member of the Accademia di S Cecilia in Rome in 1914. His importance lies mainly in his operatic works.

MENDELSSOHN  Sextet in D Major Op. 110
   ~ a bravura showpiece penned at age 15 for the unconventional scoring of piano, violin, 2 violas, cello, and double bass

While Felix’s education included the study of Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart, the effervescent Sextet reveals the influence of Beethoven and foreshadows Romantic sensibilities. Composed in less than 2 weeks, it was dashed off for one of the Mendelssohn family Sunday morning musicales, which gave Felix the chance to play the piano virtuoso part. These concerts had acquired an almost mythical status in Berlin, as the guest lists show—Spohr, Spontini, Hummel, Weber, and Moscheles all came, and Felix listened carefully to their opinion.

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

Matthew Cohen viola
Winner of a top prize at the 2016 Citta di Cremona Viola competition ~ First Prize at the 2015 Vivo International Music Competition

David Requiro cello
Winner of the Naumburg, Irving Klein and Washington String competitions ~ “Requiro has everything—musicianship, poise, dazzling technique, and even that great indefinable, star quality” San Francisco Classical Voice

Xavier Foley double bass
Won First Prize at the 2016 Young Concert Artists Auditions and 2014 Sphinx Competition, the 2009 (Junior Division) and 2011 (Senior Division) Bassists Society competition, and 2014 Astral Artists National Auditions

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

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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