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Monday, November 27, 2pm & 7:30pm
Michael Brown piano
Elizabeth Fayette violin
Charles DANCLA String Quartet No. 8 in G Major Op. 87
The quartet is a fine work with passages of rich string sonorities, a joyful and bright minuet, a sublime slow movement, and a bravura finale of perpetual motion. It was dedicated to his friend and compatriot François Soubies, a French politician of the extreme left wing group of the Montagne.
Vincent D’INDY Sarabande and Minuet for Sextet Op. 72
Although almost forgotten today, d’Indy was a major influence on the generation of French musicians who preceded Impressionism.
Claude DEBUSSY Children’s Corner : Suite
The Suite of six pieces, four of which evoke Chouchou’s toys, was given its world première in Paris by the English pianist Harold Bauer on 18 December 1908. Maurice Hinson observed, “These pieces are...small humorous pictures inspired by childhood.... The descriptive, or fanciful titles are symbolic rather than programmatic. They point out, or suggest, through the music, qualities that are difficult to put into words. But Children’s Corner clearly reflects the nursery and the world of childhood fantasy inhabited by Chouchou.” The pieces are entitled in English, most likely a nod to Chouchou’s English governess, Miss Gibbs:
Jimbo’s Lullaby : inspired by Chouchou’s stuffed elephant
Théodore DUBOIS Piano Quartet in A minor
Dubois (1837–1924) held a dominant place in French music during the last third of the 19th century, teaching harmony at the Paris Conservatoire for 35 years (beginning in 1871) and serving as the Conservatoire’s director beginning in 1896.
Jupiter Players on this program:
Fabiola Kim violin
Maurycy Banaszek viola
Mihai Marica cello
Barry Crawford flute
Hassan Anderson oboe
Vadim Lando clarinet
Adrian Morejon bassoon
Karl Kramer horn
Monday, December 4, 2pm & 7:30pm
Roman Rabinovich piano
Robin Scott violin
Franz KROMMER Clarinet Quintet in Bb Major Op. 95
Born in Kamenice, Moravia, when Mozart was 3, Krommer (1759–1831) taught himself music theory as a boy through the study of works by Haydn and Mozart. He lived most of his life in Vienna, where he established a towering international reputation as a composer. Several contemporary sources state he was regarded, with Haydn, as the leading composer of string quartets and as a serious rival of Beethoven.
Karl GOLDMARK String Quintet in A minor
Goldmark, whose fame was limited to Vienna and to his own lifetime, is today remembered for his Violin Concerto and Rustic Wedding Symphony. Born into a lower-middle class Jewish family with over 20 children, he had a sporadic and largely self-taught education, which included an immersion in the study of the music of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Determined, he moved into the forefront of Viennese musical life. His Op. 8 String Quartet made him famous overnight in 1860. He was also a music critic and championed the works of Wagner, founding the Vienna Wagner Verein. He was a teacher and counted Sibelius among his pupils. In 1866 he was made an honorary member of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreund in Vienna, and in 1879, with Brahms and Eduard Hanslick, he judged a distribution of grants to artists. Although Brahms was his friend, one hears Mendelssohn and Schumann in his music, seasoned with lively Hungarian gypsy melodies. Together with Richard Strauss and others, he was made an honorary member of the Accademia di S Cecilia in Rome in 1914. His importance lies mainly in his operatic works.
MENDELSSOHN Sextet in D Major Op. 110
While Felix’s education included the study of Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart, the effervescent Sextet reveals the influence of Beethoven and foreshadows Romantic sensibilities. Composed in less than 2 weeks, it was dashed off for one of the Mendelssohn family Sunday morning musicales, which gave Felix the chance to play the piano virtuoso part. These concerts had acquired an almost mythical status in Berlin, as the guest lists show—Spohr, Spontini, Hummel, Weber, and Moscheles all came, and Felix listened carefully to their opinion.
Jupiter Players on this program:
Lisa Shihoten violin
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt viola
Matthew Cohen viola
David Requiro cello
Xavier Foley double bass
Vadim Lando clarinet
Dear Friends and Music Lovers,
Why not make stargazing a habit at Jupiter—a stellar lineup awaits you.
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.
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
Jupiter on YouTube
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
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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