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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, November 9 ♦ 2 PM & 7:30 PM
Maxim Lando piano
Benjamin Beilman violin
Christine Lamprea cello
Jacqueline Kerrod harp
Sooyun Kim flute
Vadim Lando clarinet
Note: Maxim Lando replaces Timur Mustakimov and Benjamin Beilman replaces Dmitri Berlinsky for this concert
Claude DEBUSSY Première rhapsodie
When this piece was first performed at the exam on 14 July 1910, Debussy sat on the jury to hear 11 candidates. The report to his editor Jacques Durand reflected his satisfaction: “The clarinet competition went extremely well and, to judge by the expressions on the faces of my colleagues, the rhapsody was a success.” Its official premiere took place on 16 January 1911 at the Salle Gaveau in Paris with Prosper Mimart, the dedicatee, as solo clarinet. Debussy, thrilled with Mimart’s interpretation, commented that this was one of the most charming pieces he had ever written.
Camille SAINT-SAËNS Fantaisie Op. 124
The Fantaisie was written in Bordighera on the Italian Riviera, where Saint-Saëns unwound after overseeing the first production in 30 years of his opera Le timbre d’argent (The Silver Bell) in nearby Monte Carlo. It was dedicated to the prominent Eissler sisters, violinist Marianne and harpist Clara.
Jacques IBERT Trio for Violin, Cello and Harp
Ibert (1890–1962), a native of Paris, studied at the Paris Conservatoire and won various prizes including the Prix de Rome. The New Grove Dictionary states, “Except for oratorio, Ibert made important contributions in all genres of composition. As a whole his work is stylistically difficult to define because the elements are, like the output itself, extremely diverse. ‘All systems are valid,’ he said, ‘provided that one derives music from them.’ He wished to be free from compulsive influences, and was never interested in passing fashions. Inspiration was a vital spark...’”
Maurice RAVEL–Carlos SALZEDO Sonatine
Ravel wrote the Sonatine in response to a notice for a competition posted in the Paris Weekly Critical Review. The notice appeared in three March 1903 issues. The original manuscript submitted by Ravel reveals that he had submitted the piece under the pseudynym “par Verla”—an anagram of his name, which he crossed out and replaced with “par Maurice Ravel.” Salzedo was principal harp of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and founded the harp department at the Curtis Institute of Music in 1924.
Maurice RAVEL Piano Trio in A 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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