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Monday, October 2, 2pm & 7:30pm
Drew Petersen piano
Mark Kaplan violin
Johann SOBECK (1831–1914) Duo Concertant on Themes from Don Juan Op. 5
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”
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
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
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
Ayane Kozasa viola
David Requiro cello
Anthony Trionfo flute
Vadim Lando clarinet
Karl Kramer horn
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
Dear Friends and Music Lovers,
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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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