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 2016 - 2017 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

Office Address:
155 West 68th Street, Suite 319
New York, NY 10023

Warmest Wishes for the Holidays!


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

Monday, February 20, 2pm & 7:30pm 
C’est Si Bon
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
152 West 66 Street (west of Broadway)

Ilya Itin, piano
Alexi Kenney, violin
Emily Daggett Smith,violin
Cong Wu, viola

Zlatomir Fung, cello
Vadim Lando, clarinet
Karl Kramer, horn

Ilya Itin piano
Winner of the Leeds, Gina Bachauer, Robert Casadesus, William Kappel, Rachmaninoff, Rubinstein, and Bunkamura competitions ~“He plays marvelously with all his body and his soul: a very great pianist and musician.” Le Figaro ~ “Undoubtedly, Itin is a major pianist, with an ease about him that makes you want to listen to him for hours.” The Philadelphia Inquirer ~ “Ilya Itin — a brilliantly insightful pianist” The New York Times

Alexi Kenney violin
Winner of the 2013 Concert Artists Guild, 2012 Menuhin, and Mondavi Center competitions ~ praised by Strings for his “beautiful, aching tone”

Frédéric Nicolas DUVERNOY  Horn Quartet No. 2 in C Major
   ~ pleasing melodies from the innovative leading horn player of his day

Duvernoy was the first major figure of the native French school of horn playing and a musician of considerable intelligence. Greatly admired by Napoleon who, after he became emperor, appointed Duvernoy first horn of the imperial chapel, a post he retained under Louis XVIII and Charles X until the 1830 Revolution. The Horn Quartet was published the year of his death.

Darius MILHAUD  Suite Op. 157b
   ~ fully entertaining, the colorful trio for violin, clarinet, and piano is an expression, in a deeply personal voice, of his myriad interests—the Suite begins with sassy Latin rhythms in bold gestures and syncopation and ends with a nod to jazz; in between are a charming reverie and lively French country fiddling that includes a hoedown for clarinet and piano

Milhaud is best known for his development of polytonality—the simultaneous use of different keys—while remaining lyrical. Born of a Provençal Jewish family in Aix-en-Provence, he emigrated to the United States in 1940, when forced to leave by the rise of Nazism.

Edouard LALO  String Quartet in Eb Major Op. 45
   ~ unique, and dramatic at times, the impressive quartet with soaring melodies and a flair for rhythm and color, includes a Scherzo of Spanish origin

Stephen Hefling is of the opinion that “this work unquestionably marks a significant moment in the history of the genre in France. Lalo’s score, concise and animated with an intense rhythmic life, includes a slow movement whose density and harmonic daring baffled listeners at its first public hearing in 1859 [Nineteenth-Century Chamber Music].”

After several years working as a string player and teacher in Paris, Lalo formed the Armingaud Quartet with friends in 1848, playing viola and later second violin. The Quartet, in vogue for many years, gained a reputation for technical perfection and the musical beauty of its performances. It popularized the works of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Mendelssohn, and also played Lalo’s compositions, including the Eb Major String Quartet, which was rewritten in 1880 and published in its new form in 1886. When Lalo died, the journals did not print any eulogies, but nearly all the musicians of French renown were present at his burial, in tribute to a composer of great talent and character.

Gabriel FAURÉ  Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor Op. 45
   ~ a real beauty, pulsating with life ~ first performed in 1887 with the composer at the piano

Unique and beguiling, the elegant, emotional quartet bares the influence of the technical mastery of his teacher Saint-Saëns, as well as César Franck’s cyclic, mystical chromaticism and Wagner’s bold Romanticism.

Jupiter Players on this program:

Emily Daggett Smith violin
Winner of the Juilliard concerto competition ~ founding first violinist of the Tessera Quartet and a founding member of the West End Trio ~ she has appeared on PBS’s “Live from Lincoln Center” and NPR’s “From the Top”

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

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

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

Karl Kramer french 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

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Monday, March 6, 2pm & 7:30pm 
One-Two Punch
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
152 West 66 Street (west of Broadway)

Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin
Cynthia Phelps, viola
Hyunah Yu, soprano
Raymond Storms, countertenor

John Matthew Myers, tenor
David Requiro, cello

Alexander Sitkovetsky violin
Founding member of the Sitkovetsky Piano Trio which has won various prizes, including the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Kammermusik Prize ~ he has performed in Europe, the U.S., and Japan as a recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with such orchestras as the Netherlands Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Academy of St. Martin’s in the Fields, the BBC Concert Orchestra, and Tokyo Symphony

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

Hyunah Yu soprano
A winner of the 1999 Naumburg competition ~ “absolutely captivating...with exceptional style and effortless lyrical grace. The audience, to judge by the general swooning, was helplessly in love by the end.” The Washington Post

Raymond Storms countertenor
Winner of the first Crescentini fellowship award, he sang with Maestro Benton Hess throughout Italy with Si Parla Si Canta ~ he was signed to BMI for his “Opera House Song” which he recorded with Grammy Award winner George Mena Keys

John Matthew Myers tenor
2014 Los Angeles District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and an Encouragement Award Recipient in the Western Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions ~ he has garnered acclaim for his “smooth and rich” voice and “insightful and beautifully nuanced performances” ~ hailed as an “artist to watch” by Opera News

David Requiro cello
Winner of the Naumburg, Irving Klein and Washington String competitions ~ “The recital amounted to an exciting catalog of Requiro’s musical gifts. Chief among these is the beauty of his string tone, a light-footed but resonant sound that seems to leap from the instrument...” San Francisco Chronicle

Arvo PÄRT  Stabat Mater
   ~ piercingly beautiful, the Estonian composer’s intense, moving work for string trio and vocal trio resonates with the grief of the Virgin Mary, witness to the crucifixion of her son—a gem of the most exquisite cut

Music critic Robert R. Reilly feels that “It is not a study in musical archaism, but a living testimony of belief. This is music to listen to on your knees.” According to Wikipedia, the tour de force is composed in Pärt’s characteristic tintinnabuli style (which he has employed nearly exclusively since 1976) in which arpeggiations of a major or minor triad are combined with ascending or descending diatonic scales.

BACH  Goldberg Variations BWV 988
   ~ a monumental work, arranged by Dmitry Sitkovetsky for string trio in 1985

Long regarded as the most important set of Baroque variations, it was praised in 1774 as “the best variations” by one of Bach’s pupils, Johann Philipp Kirnberger, and in 1802 as “the model according to which all variations should be made” by Johann Nicolaus Forkel, Bach’s first biographer.

The Variations were named after Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who was 13 at the time of its composition. The little boy was already an exceptional and virtuosic keyboard player by the age of 10. He was a student of Bach’s son, Wilhelm Friedemann, in Dresden, and also studied with J S Bach in Leipzig.

Dmitry Sitkovetsky is a Soviet-Russian-born violinist, composer, and arranger; his nephew Alexander Sitkovetsky will perform the Variations in his Jupiter debut.

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, March 13, 2pm & 7:30pm 
Reicha’s Reach
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
152 West 66 Street (west of Broadway)

Drew Petersen, piano
Francisco Fullana, violin
Lisa Shihoten, violin
Ayane Kozasa, viola
David Requiro, cello
Barry Crawford, flute

Drew Petersen piano
Top prize winner of the 2015 Leeds, Kosciuszko-Chopin, Hilton Head competitions, and the Jan Gorbaty Award
~ “We were in the hands of a young master in the mold of Mozart. He was the total musician.” Southampton Press ~ “Thrilling piano playing wedded to astute quite astonishing musicianship.” East Hampton Star

Francisco Fullana violin
Winner of the Brahms, Sarasate, Julio Cardona and TIM “Torneo Internazionale di Musica” prizes and the Maria Paula Alonso Award “a very special violinist” The Boston Globe

Anton REICHA  18 variationen und fantaisie on “Se vuol ballare” from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro Op. 51
   ~ creative variations for the flute, violin, and cello by the Czech-born French “Father of the Wind Quintet”

Reicha was man of breadth and depth. Born in Prague, he lived in Bonn from 1785 to 1794 and in Hamburg from 1794 to 1799, when he moved to Paris, earning a living by teaching the piano, harmony, and composition, as well as giving flute lessons and writing a variety of pieces for the flute, among other works. He met Haydn in the early 1790s while in Bonn, and also in Hamburg in 1795, and again in 1801 when he moved to Vienna. Their common interest in canons and variations led to a close friendship. He returned to Paris permanently in 1808. Reicha was also a lifelong friend of Beethoven, and played the violin alongside Beethoven (who played the viola) in the court orchestra in Bonn. Both composers respected Reicha’s music. During his time in Vienna he studied with Albrechtsberger and Salieri, while reading mathematics and philosophy; he also began to reflect seriously upon pedagogy. His treatises are known to have influenced Giacomo Meyerbeer, Schumann, and Smetana. (Schumann once noted, “his often curious ideas should not be entirely dismissed.”) In 1818 Reicha was appointed professor of counterpoint and fugue at the Paris Conservatoire, where he taught Franck, Liszt, Berlioz, Gounod, and a number of lesser known composers whose works have been performed by Jupiter.

“Se vuol ballare” (“If you want to dance”)—a cavatina (a simple, melodious song)—is sung by the valet Figaro when he discovers that Count Almaviva (his boss) is scheming to use his right as a feudal lord to sleep with Figaro’s wife Susanna before the consummation of their marriage.

SCHUMANN  Kinderszenen “Scenes of Childhood” Op. 15
   ~ exquisite miniatures in many moods—musical sketches of childhood, but written for adults and meant to be played by adults ~ transcribed for string quartet by the French composer Benjamin Godard

In March 1838 Schumann wrote to his fiancée Clara Wieck, “I have been waiting for your letter and in the meantime I have been composing a whole book of pieces—wild, wondrous and solemn.... You once said to me that I often seem like a child, and I suddenly got inspired and knocked off around 30 quaint little pieces.... I selected twelve and called them Kinderszenen. You will enjoy them, although you will need to forget you are a virtuoso when you play them.” Schumann’s five-year courtship with Clara was fraught with challenges—primarily stemming from her father’s objections to the match that included lawsuits and court battles, his banishment from the Wieck home, and a seven-month separation in 1838 resulting from a concert tour. It was during this time apart that Schumann, despite his difficulties, composed much piano music, including the Kinderszenen.

Benjamin Godard was a French violinist and Romantic composer of Jewish descent. Jens Nygaard championed his music, performing the “Gothic” Symphony, “Oriental” Symphony, Piano Concerto No. 1, Violin Concerto No. 2, Aubade for cello (and orchestra), Suite de 3 Morceaux for flute, Scènes Écossaises, and Fragments Poétiques (with 2 harps), all at Good Shepherd Church from 1996 to 2000.

César FRANCK  Piano Trio in F# minor Op. 1 No. 1
   ~ the Belgian-born French composer’s striking, virtuosic Romantic piano trio in cyclic form was admired by his contemporaries, and later by Vincent d’Indy ~ recorded by the great pianist Sviatoslav Richter, Oleg Kagan, and Natalia Gutman in 1983

Jupiter Players on this program:

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

Ayane Kozasa viola
Winner of the 2011 Primrose, 2012 Astral & Irving Klein competitions ~ hailed for her “magnetic, wide-ranging tone” and“rock solid technique” Philadelphia Inquirer

David Requiro cello
Winner of the Naumburg, Irving Klein and Washington “The recital amounted to an exciting catalog of Requiro’s musical gifts. Chief among these is the beauty of his string tone, a light-footed but resonant sound that seems to leap from the instrument...” San Francisco Chronicle

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

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.

Here are the dates:

September 12 ~ Beautiful Minds
September 26 ~ The Gewandhaus
October 10 ~ Sweet ’n’ Sassy
October 17 ~ Town and Country
October 31 ~ Hair Raisers
November 14 ~ Aeolian Gold
November 21 ~ Mighty Russians
December 5 ~ German Masters
December 19 ~ Geniuses
January 9 ~ Opera Without Words

January 23 ~ Eastern Europe’s Stars
February 6 ~ Fanny’s Berlin Salon
February 20 ~ C’est Si Bon
March 6 ~ One-Two Punch
March 13 ~ Reicha’s Reach
March 27 ~ All Over Italy
April 3 ~ Serpent Sighting
April 17 ~ German Rarities
May 1 ~ Ties to Brahms
May 15 ~ Divine Madness

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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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