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 2019 - 2020 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

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Monday, February 17, 2pm & 7:30pm 
Choice Mozart
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
152 West 66 Street (west of Broadway)

Josef Spacek, violin
Paul Neubauer, cello
Zlatomir Fung, cello
Gabriel Polinsky, double bass
Roni Gal-Ed, oboe
Vadim Lando, clarinet
Marlene Ngalissamy, bassoon

Josef Spacek violin
Concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic ~ winner of the Michael Hill Violin Competition ~ “His high-charisma playing was fueled by priceless musical comprehension.” Philadelphia Inquirer ~ “Never mind the superb technical accomplishment of his playing, it’s the musical and interpretative achievement that is so impressive here.” International Record Review

Paul Neubauer viola
First violist to win an Avery Fisher Career Grant, first prize winner of the Whitaker, D’Angelo and Lionel Tertis competitions ~ “Neubauer’s seamless control of the bow, his intonation, his rich and varied tonal palette, mark him as a member of the elite.” The New York Times

MOZART  Sonata in C Major K. 46d
  ~ the genius at age 12, for violin and cello

MOZART  Sonata-Sextet in F Major K. 497a
  ~ among his finest works, the Sonata is originally for piano 4-hands ~ arranged by Peter Serkin for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, viola, cello, and double bass

The musicologist Alfred Einstein called this substantial and often dramatic Sonata “the crowning work of its kind” and Mozart himself marked the title page “Grande Sonate,” implying a more ambitious treatment of the form. Received enthusiastically in Vienna, it was very likely written for members of the Jacquin family or at least for performance at the Jacquin home.

MOZART  Divertimento for string trio K. 563
  ~ in the noble key of Eb Major

Alfred Einstein noted, “It is a true chamber-music work, and grew to such large proportions only because it was intended to offer . . . something special in the way of art, invention, and good spirits. . . . Each instrument is primus inter pares, every note is significant, every note is a contribution to spiritual and sensuous fulfillment in sound.”

Jupiter Players on this program:

Zlatomir Fung cello
Gold Medalist at the 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition, winner of the 2017 Young Concert Artists Auditions and 2017 Astral National Auditions; First Prizewinner of the 2018 Schoenfeld, 2016 Enescu, 2015 Johansen, 2014 Stulberg, and 29th Irving Klein Competitions; Second Prizewinner at the 2018 Paolo (Finland) competition; selected a 2016 Presidential Scholar of the Arts

Gabriel Polinsky double bass
Winner of the 2019 Philadelphia Orchestra Allen Greenfield Competition, and fourth prize at the Irving Klein Competition

Roni Gal-Ed oboe
First Prize winner of the Lauschmann Oboe Competition in Mannheim ~ “Outstanding” The New York Times ~ “Expressive, wonderful player” German SZ Magaziner

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

Marlène Ngalissamy bassoon
Won first prize at the 2012 Canadian Music Competition ~ “Ngalissamy gave a fully evolved shape and sinewy sound to the long phrase. Nuanced, authoritative, rendered in a variety of colors, it was a solo to win auditions.” Philadelphia Inquirer

Jupiter in the News

knocked the socks off this listener...It was wondrous chamber music. And the three artists gave it the deserving excitement, volition and imagination.” 
Harry Rolnick, ConcertoNet   more...

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 2, 2pm & 7:30pm 
French Finesse
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
152 West 66 Street (west of Broadway)

Ilya Itin, piano
Xiao-Dong Wang, violin
Jacqueline Kerrod, harp
Njioma Grevious, violin
Cong Wu, viola
Timotheos Petrin, cello
Barry Crawford, flute
Vadim Lando, clarinet

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

Xiao-Dong Wang violin
Twice winner of the Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition, and First Prize and special Szymanovski Prize winner of the Wieniawski-Lipinski International Competition

Jacqueline Kerrod harp
“exceptionally virtuosic and sensitive” Classical Source

Maurice RAVEL  Introduction and Allegro
  ~ his vividly colorful septet for virtuoso solo harp, flute, clarinet, and string quartet exploits the harp’s full range of technical possibilities

Commissioned by the Érard Company to demonstrate the expressive range of the firm’s double-action pedal harp, “the sweet and nostalgic Introduction begins with parallel winds, then strings, soon enhanced by upward arpeggios from the harp. During the ensuing Allegro the harp expands on melodic material from the Introduction. The entire piece revels in rhapsodic and evocative song-like passagework suggestive of dream states and unfettered romance [Steven Lowe].”

Camille SAINT-SAËNS  Clarinet Sonata in Eb Major Op. 167
  ~ an absorbing work that harks back to the galant style of the 18th century, yet is reminiscent of the neoclassical movement of his day, composed in the last year of his life and dedicated to August Perier, a fine clarinetist with an astonishing technique

DEBUSSY  Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp
  ~ of timeless grace, the impressionistic trio flows with ambiguous harmonies, austere textures and timbre, and instrumental sonorities

Written at a time when he was feeling low from the military conflict of the Great War and his own illness (he had colon cancer), Debussy expressed ambivalence about its emotional effect in a letter to his friend, the Swiss journalist Robert Godet, “[The music is] so terribly melancholy that I can’t say whether one should laugh or cry. Perhaps both at the same time?”

Gabriel FAURÉ  Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor Op. 15
  ~ hauntingly beautiful, it’s an eloquent, cherished gift from one of the most elegant and refined of all composers, and Saint-Saëns’s devoted and most famous student

Jupiter Players on this program:

Njioma Grevious violin
Won a Keston-Max Fellowship to study and perform with the London Symphony Orchestra in April 2020, a Silver Medal with the Abeo Quartet at the 2019 Fischoff competition, and First Prizes for Performance and Interpretation at the 2018 Prix Ravel chamber music competition in France ~ described by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as a “thoroughly confident and mature violinist”

Cong Wu viola
Assistant Principal Violist of the New York Philharmonc, won 3rd Prize in the 14th Primrose Viola Competition and a Special Prize in the 12th Lionel Tertis Competition

Timotheos Petrin cello
Winner of the 2015 Astral Artists Auditionm, top prize winner at the Paulo Cello Competition in Finland
~ “a great and passionate soloist style: expressive, vibrant singing lines, sparkling rhythm... an interesting, original personality” Helsingin Sanomat

Barry Crawford flute
He plays “with steely accuracy and a superb singing tone.” Fred Kirshnit ~ New York Sun

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


Monday, March 16, 2pm & 7:30pm 
Irish Emeralds
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
152 West 66 Street (west of Broadway)

Roman Rabinovich, piano
Stefan Milenkovich, violin
Lisa Shihoten, violin
Sarah Sung, viola
Christine Lamprea, cello
Ha Young Jung, double bass
Barry Crawford, flute
Yoonah Kim, clarinet
Gina Cuffari, bassoon
Karl Kramer, horn

Roman Rabinovich piano
Winner of the Rubinstein, Animato and Arjil competitions, the Mezzo and Salon de Virtuosi awards, and the Vendome Prize ~ “admirable interpretations...performed with a rich, full-blooded sound, singing lines and witty dexterity.” The New York Times

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

  ~ the tunes are winsome and the accompanying piano trio occasionally sounds unmistakably like vigorous echoes of his muscular style ~ between 1806 and 1818 Beethoven collaborated with a Scottish collector of folk music by the name of George Thomson in arranging more than 100 folksongs for an estimated £550

John FIELD  Divertissement No. 1 H. 13
  ~ simply delicious piano quintet, alternately titled Rondeau Pastoral and better known in its version for solo piano, Twelve O’clock Rondo, on account of the 12 “chimes” at the end ~ by the creator of the Nocturne, which had a major influence on Chopin

We thank the University of Virginia (Special Collections) for providing a copy of the Rondeau Pastoral for our performances.

Sir Charles Villiers STANFORD  Serenade in F Major Op. 95
  ~ a glorious nonet for strings and winds that radiates a splendid sense of spirit and fun ~ by the influential musician responsible for the renaissance in British music

Sir Hamilton HARTY  Piano Quintet in F Major Op. 12
  ~ in a lyrical Romantic idiom, with a distinct, breezy Irish-salted voice

We are grateful to Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for providing a copy of the autograph manuscript for our performances.

Jupiter Players on this program:

Lisa Shihoten violin
Honored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and winner of the Menuhin and Paganini violin competitions

Sarah Sung viola
Currently at Juilliard, studying with Paul Neubauer and Cynthia Phelps ~ cofounder of VISION Collective along with Timothy Chooi and Drake Driscoll, an initiative that builds meaningful relationships with and among refugees by sharing and exchanging music between diverse communities

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”

Ha Young Jung double bass
Gold Medalist in the 2017 Berliner competition, multiple prizewinner at the 2016 Irving Klein and 2016 Boulder Chamber Music competition, First Prizes at the 2013 Koussevitzky and 2007 International Double Bass competitions, Grand-Prix in the 2006 String Competition in Moscow ~ “Disarming prodigy who achieved the rare distinction of making her instrument seem worthy of solo status.” Daily Telegraph of London

Barry Crawford flute
He plays “with steely accuracy and a superb singing tone.” Fred Kirshnit ~ New York Sun

Yoonah Kim clarinet
Winner of the 2016 Concert Artists Guild Competition and first prizewinner of the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition ~ hailed by the New York Times for her “inexhaustible virtuosity.”

Gina Cuffari bassoon
Co-principal Bassoonist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, praised for her “sound that is by turns sensuous, lyric, and fast moving” Palm Beach Daily News

Karl Kramer horn
Winner of the 1997 and 1999 American Horn competitions ~ “Praise goes to the heroic horn playing of Karl Kramer.” New York Classical Review

Dear Friends and Music Lovers,

   As many of you already know, Jupiter is a paradise for melomaniacs. It’s a haven to wallow in beautiful melodies, superb musicians and music making, and interesting programs. There’s nary a dull moment, thanks to our brilliant artistic director, Michael Volpert.

“The playing is top notch; the programs are full of exotica.”
Richard Morrison ~ The London Times
“excellent musicians in unusual programs”
Anthony Tommasini ~ The New York Times
“this was truly impressive music making”
“One of the Best Deals in Town”
“Those in the know keep coming back.”
Fred Kirshnit ~ The New York Sun
“bringing classical music to people in a powerful way”
Cole Grissom ~ Broadway World

   So do come as often as you can. And please give as much as you can to help keep Jupiter spinning its musical magic. Your financial support is truly needed.
   All gifts are tax deductible.
   Thank you so much,

Jens Nygaard
Pencil drawing of Jens Nygaard by Michael McNamara

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.

View Our Season Calendar

Click on the dates for 2019-2020 program details:

September 16 ~ Russia Gusher
September 23 ~ Classical Spectacle

October 7 ~ Lovin’ Beethoven
October 21 ~ Formidable
October 28 ~ Fame in Spain
November 11 ~ Artisti a Venezia
November 18 ~ “Comrades” in Science
December 2 ~ Great Danes
December 16 ~ Warhorses
January 6 ~ Austro-German Gems

January 20 ~ Schubert and His Best Pal
February 3 ~ A Dark Side
February 17 ~ Choice Mozart
March 2 ~ French Finesse
March 16 ~ Irish Emeralds
March 30 ~ Ties to Beethoven
April 6 ~ American Goodies
April 20 ~ Heirs Apparent
May 4 ~ Trophies
May 18 ~ Idolatry

more details here...

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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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