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 2, 2pm & 7:30pm 
Brainy Bohemians
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
152 West 66 Street (west of Broadway)
Drew Petersen, piano
Mark Kaplan, violin
Mari Lee, violin
Ayane Kozasa, viola
David Requiro, cello
Vadim Lando, clarinet
Karl Kramer, horn

Drew Petersen piano
Top prize winner of the 2015 Leeds, Kosciuszko-Chopin, Hilton Head competitions, and the Jan Gorbaty Award ~ 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

Mark Kaplan violin
“The playing is splendid throughout, technically brilliant, musically expressive, full of variety, character, and idiomatic flair.” Strings ~ “Kaplan made his case throughout with a rich, luminous tone quality that hung resonantly in the air.” Los Angeles Times ~ “His violin sizzled...” Herald Times

Johann SOBECK  (1831–1914) Duo Concertant on Themes from Don Juan Op. 5
   ~ familiar tunes from the opera with a twist in its inventive passagework for the clarinet and horn, accompanied by the piano

The Bohemian composer, teacher, and virtuoso clarinetist was born in Luditz near Karlsbad. Studies at the Prague Conservatory were followed by a long career as a soloist and principal clarinetist of the Royal Theatre in Hanover, Germany. Much of his music was written for the clarinet.

MOZART  Selections from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro “The Marriage of Figaro”
   ~ Bohemia’s pioneer in transcriptions, Johann Nepomuk Wendt, captures the mood of the comic opera is his arrangement for for flute and string trio

Wendt (1745–1801) transcribed over 50 opera and ballet scores, including 4 other Mozart operas, for Harmonien (wind bands), which were in vogue in Vienna and fashionable for the aristocracy’s entertainment. He was a first-rate oboist as well and found work easily. Among his employers were Count Pachta in Prague, Prince Schwarzenberg at Wittingau and Vienna (as first cor anglais player in his Harmonie), the National Theatre orchestra in Vienna, Georg Triebensee in the newly formed Kaiserlich-Königliche Harmonie, and the Hofkapelle (Court chapel in Vienna). For almost 20 years Wendt was largely responsible for the repertory of the emperor’s Harmonie, and had a special contract with the Schwarzenberg Harmonie to supply transcriptions for that ensemble as well. His combined income of 900 gulden a year was 100 more than Mozart’s imperial salary, and he had additional income for copying and composition to boot.

Josef SUK  Quartet Movement in Bb Major Op. 11
   ~ the Allegro giocoso (4th movement) from his first String Quartet—original, charming, and bright, using polyphonic effects, foreshadowing the modern Czech school

One of the most gifted Czech composers, Suk was Dvorák’s favorite pupil and in 1898 married his daughter Otilie, with whom he had a very happy family life until her early death in 1905 at age 27. He formed the celebrated Bohemian Quartet (later Czech Quartet) in 1891 with fellow students. From 1922 he also taught at the Prague Conservatory; among his pupils were Bohuslav Martinu and pianist Rudolf Firkusný.

Antonín DVORÁK  Piano Quartet No. 1 in D Major
   ~ indulgence in Slavic lyricism and harmony, its beautiful melodies influenced by Czech folk music

At age 34, Dvorák wrote his youthful and optimistic Quartet in just 18 days, after hearing the news that he had won the Austrian State Prize for poor, talented musicians. Apart from the much-needed award of 400 gulden, the Prize helped to build his career as the jury members included the music critic Eduard Hanslick, Johann Herbeck (director of the state opera), and Brahms, who was “visibly overcome” by the mastery and skill of the submitted works, which included the Quartet. Its premiere was held in Prague on 16 December 1875.

Jupiter Players on this program:

Mari Lee violin
“an outstanding musician…with an artful, expressive power” Zürichsee Zeitung

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 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

Anthony Trionfo flute
Recipient of the 2012 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, a first prize winner of the 2013 Alexander & Buono competition, a winner of the National YoungArts Foundation competition, and a winner of the Young Concert Artists 2016 Auditions ~ He is also the first YCA artist to win the inaugural LP Classics Debut Recording Prize, granting him a commercial recording

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

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, October 16, 2pm & 7:30pm 
Virtuoso Pianist-Composers
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
Winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Gilmore Young Artist Award & Young Concert Artists Auditions ~ “His technique is imposing... he balanced sheer power with a high sense of drama.” The New York Times ~ “This was playing of wisdom and light.” The Washington Post

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 , 2015 Johansen, 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


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 ~ Virtuoso 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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