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Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players
“This was music-making of a very high order”
Fred Kirshnit, The New York Sun
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.
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Monday, October 26 ♦ 2 PM & 7:30 PM
William Wolfram piano
Xiao-Dong Wang violin
Claire Bourg violin
Ayane Kozasa viola
Paul Wiancko cello
Karen Ouzounian cello
Note: William Wolfram replaces Do-Hyun Kim for this concert
Johann RUFINATSCHA Piano Quartet Ab Major
Born in 1812 in Mais (now in the Italian province of South Tyrol), Rufinatscha left home at age 14 to study piano, violin, and composition at the Innsbruck Music Society. After graduating in 1832, he taught at his alma mater for 3 years before heading to Vienna to study with Simon Sechter, whose pupils included Vieuxtemps, Lachner, Béla Kéler, and Bruckner; he also gave Schubert one lesson in counterpoint. Rufinatscha’s earliest compositions were written in the 1830s, when he began to build his reputation as a composer and became a most prominent teacher of piano and harmony in Vienna. Over the next 3 decades his symphonies and other works were performed to acclaim at prestigious venues in Vienna. In the 1860s he met young Brahms when they were members of the “Roundtable of Professors” that met at a Viennese restaurant to discuss the musical events of the day. However, he faded into obscurity when his music fell out of fashion—influenced by Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, his music was eclipsed by the Romanticism of Wagner, Liszt, and Brahms—and his passive personality led to his withdrawal from public life and impoverishment, accelerated by the financial Panic of 1873. He died in 1893 in Vienna. Fortuitously, Rufinatscha had the foresight to donate his musical manuscripts to the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum in Innsbruck in 1887. We are grateful to the Museum for a copy of the music.
BRAHMS String Quintet in F minor
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Jupiter 2020 - 2021 Season
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Roman Rabinovich piano
Antonín DVORÁK Piano Trio No. 1 in Bb Major Op. 21
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As promised, here are the videos of John Field’s Divertissement No. 1 and Sir Hamilton Harty’s Piano Quintet. Fortuitously, our Jupiter musicians had the good sense to record the rehearsal in an impromptu decision, literally minutes before pressing the record button. Pianist Mackenzie Melemed (replacing Roman Rabinovich at the last minute) learned the music in 2 days! Bravo to him.
Both works are Irish rarities that were scheduled for the March 16 performances which had to be canceled because of the coronavirus epidemic. Even though the entire program could not be recorded because of technical issues, we are pleased to be able to share with you the 2 musical gems. Enjoy.
John FIELD Divertissement No. 1 H. 13
We thank the University of Illinois (Champaign) for a copy of the Divertissement music.
Mackenzie Melemed piano
Sir Hamilton HARTY Piano Quintet in F Major Op. 12
Andrew Clements of the Guardian proclaimed the beautiful Quintet “a real discovery: a big, bold statement full of striking melodic ideas and intriguing harmonic shifts, which adds Brahms and Dvořák into Harty’s stylistic mix, together with Tchaikovsky in some passages.” There’s folk music charm as well, reminiscent of Percy Grainger—notably in the Scherzo (Vivace) with its folksy quirks and nonchalance, and the winding, pentatonic melody in the Lento.
Our gratitude to the Queen’s University Library in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for a copy of the autograph manuscript of the music. Much thanks, too, to Connor Brown for speedily creating a printed score and parts from Harty’s manuscript.
Mackenzie Melemed piano
I Allegro 0:00
Jupiter in the News
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 media 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.”
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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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