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Jupiter 2017 - 2018 Season
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Monday, October 16, 2pm & 7:30pm
Adam Neiman piano
Stefan Milenkovich violin
Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL Grand rondo brillant in G Major Op. 126
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
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
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
CHOPIN Piano Trio in G minor Op. 8
Jupiter Players on this program:
Zlatomir Fung cello
Barry Crawford flute
Vadim Lando clarinet
Monday, October 30, 2pm & 7:30pm
Maxim Lando piano
Areta Zhulla violin
Frank Morelli bassoon
MOZART Quartet in F Major K. 370
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
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
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
Jupiter Players on this program:
Nathan Meltzer violin
Cong Wu viola
Christine Lamprea cello
Barry Crawford flute
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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.
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
More video from this performance can be viewed on our video page
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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.”
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New York Sun Review
“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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