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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Summer 2017
3 Mondays ~ 7:30 PM

To purchase tickets ~ $25, $17, $10 
please call
(212) 799-1259 or buy at the door
or e-mail admin@jupitersymphony.com

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Concert Venue:
Christ and Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church
Air-Conditioned ~ Handicap Accessible
120 West 69th Street (east of Broadway)
New York, NY 10023

Christ and Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church

Christ and St. Stephen’s was formed by a consolidation, in 1975, of 2 Episcopal congregations: Christ Church, organized in 1793, and St. Stephen’s, founded in 1805. In 1897 St. Stephen’s purchased the present church that had been built in 1876 as the suburban chapel of the Church of Transfiguation (“The Little Church Around the Corner”). William H. Day designed the picturesque church with its low roofline and small tower. Architect J. D. Fouquet remodeled the church at the time of acquisition. In May 2004, a portion of the ceiling collapsed, revealing evidence of the stenciling that once decorated the original walls, inspiring the church vestry to commit to a complete restoration of the interior.

Office Address:
155 West 68th Street, Suite 319
New York, NY 10023
(212) 799-1259


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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June 5 ~ Beethoven and the Copenhageners

Asi Matathias violin
~ p
rotégé of Pinchas Zukerman

Kobi Malkin violin
~ praised by the New York Times for his “palette of emotions...with gorgeous tone and an edge-of-seat intensity.”

BEETHOVEN  Duetto No. 1 in C Major WoO27
   ~an engaging dialog between the clarinet and bassoon

BEETHOVEN  Cello Sonata in F Major Op. 5 No. 1
   ~transcribed for string quintet by Ferdinand Ries, his pupil, copyist, secretary, and friend ~ Composed for the first cellist of the court orchestra of Friedrich Wilhelm II, who rewarded him with a gold snuffbox filled with louis d’or (20-franc gold pieces).

Georg GERSON Rondeau des Amants Prothée
   ~written in 1816 by the Danish composer, violinist, and banker for soprano and string quartet

Emil HARTMANN  Clarinet Quartet No. 1 in A Major
   ~imbued with wistful Nordic strains by Gade’s brother-in-law

Niels GADE  String Sextet in Eb Major Op. 44
   ~ lush Romanticism, pulsating with passion and lyricism ~ “an interesting voice perched intriguingly on the borders of German Romanticism, Brahmsian neo-classicism and a growing Scandinavian nationalist school.”

June 26 ~ Beethoven and his Friends

Stefan Milenkovich violin
Winner of the Indianapolis, Paganini, Tibor Varga, Queen Elisabeth, Yehudi Menuhin, and Young Concert Artists competitions ~ “a stunning virtuoso.” Strings

Franz Anton HOFFMEISTER  Notturno No. 4 in D Major
  ~ by the prominent Viennese publisher of Beethoven, who addressed him as “most beloved brother”

Louis SPOHR  String Quintet in Eb Major Op. 33 No. 1
  ~ in the style of the quatuors brillants by the greatest violinist of his time and esteemed composer, ranked on par with Mozart and Beethoven

BEETHOVEN  “Razumovsky” String Quartet Op. 59 No. 2
  ~ a superb work with a sumptuous second movement.

July 17 ~ Beethoven and the Bohemians

Danbi Um violin
Xavier Foley double bass
Jordan Dodson guitar

BEETHOVEN  6 Ländler WoO15
  ~ colorful, tuneful, festive

Wenzel MATIEGKA  Serenade  Op. 8
  ~ his reworking of BEETHOVEN’s enchanting string trio for the novel instrumentation of violin, viola, and guitar creating a tapestry of sound with unusual sonorities and new harmonic interest

Antonín DVORÁK  “Double Bass” String Quintet Op. 77
  ~ luscious, seductive

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Jupiter in the News

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...

Jens Nygaard

Dear Friends and Music Lovers,

A stunning expanse of virtually uninterrupted melodies—delivered with polish, style, and great musicianship awaits you.

We believe Jupiter’s concerts are enlightening and worthwhile. In our world today, most things are within reach online, or with a press of the button. But nothing beats a live performance. At Jupiter, we aim to give you a musical high so high, you’ll be thrilled with every concert. We hope you’ll return time and again.

You can delve into many Beautiful Minds, relish the Gewandhaus, some Sweet ’n’ Sassy and Aeolian Gold, even Hair Raisers and Divine Madness, and everything else between.

Jupiter’s journey continues to be offered at a nominal price that covers only 25% of our costs. Thus, once again, we need your support, which is always greatly appreciated. Please give as much as you can. All gifts are tax deductible.

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.

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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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office address:
155 West 68th Street, Suite 319, New York, NY 10023
For information or to order tickets, please call:
(212) 799-1259

MeiYing Manager
Michael Volpert Artistic Director

All performances, except where otherwise noted, are held at:
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
152 West 66 Street (west of Broadway) New York, NY 10023
The Box Office at the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
will be open 35 minutes prior to each concert.

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