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.

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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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Dear Friends and Music Lovers,

   During this coronavirus pandemic, our concerts this fall may be as rare as the music of the forgotten composers we often perform. While this horrid beast prevails we hope to lessen the risk of indoor gatherings. Also, please check the status of every concert on our website or by phone. If there is a cancellation, the program will be video recorded and made available for viewing on our website.

   By now you know the danger of gathering indoors with people outside your bubble. If you come, it’s at your own risk. If you are in the least bit fearful, please do not come. We can, however, offer:

Limited seating spaced 6 feet apart
Hand sanitizer from dispensers
Required wearing of masks by audience & staff
Doors to open 20 minutes before concert starts
Request 6 feet distancing when entering & exiting
And suggest minimal, quiet talking

   This season there are no subscriptions. Tickets are by reservation only. Please visit our ticket page for details. As these are indeed challenging times, please consider of gift of $100 or more and become a “Friend,” or please give as much as you can to help keep Jupiter alive and thriving. Your financial support is truly needed.
   All gifts are tax deductible.
   Thank you so much,
Meiying

Jens Nygaard
Caricature of Jens Nygaard on iPad
by Elizabeth "Lizzi" Volpert, age 12

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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Click on the dates for 2020-2021 program details:

September 14 ~ Judge Brahms
September 21 ~ Trophies

October 5 ~ English Worthies
October 19 ~ American Ingenuity
October 26 ~ Jens’s 89th Birthday
November 9 ~ Enchanteur
November 23 ~ Russian Romantics
December 7 ~ Teamwork
December 21 ~ German Mavens
January 11 ~ Italian Beauties

January 25 ~ Hungarian Flair
February 8 ~ Classical Treats
February 22 ~ Ties to Brahms
March 8 ~ Polish Polish
March 22 ~ Known in Vienna
April 5 ~ Berliners
April 12 ~ Forgotten Women
April 26 ~ Très Magnifique
May 3 ~ Mozart’s Sway
May 17 ~ Roots

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Find out more about the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players.

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Maxim Lando, piano
Benjamin Beilman, violin
Christine Lamprea, cello
Jacqueline Kerrod, harp
Sooyun Kim, flute
Vadim Lando, clarinet

Monday, November 9 2 PM & 7:30 PM
Enchanteur
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
152 West 66 Street (west of Broadway)

Limited Seating

Maxim Lando piano
Winner of the 2020 Gilmore Young Artist Award, winner in the 2018 Young Concert Artists Auditions, Gold Medal at the 2017 Berliner International Competition, Gold Medal at the 2015 International Television Contest for Young Musicians in Moscow, 2nd prize at the Kissinger Klavier Olymp in Germany, winner of the 2014 Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition ~ “He has an ever so clear approach to the keyboard, and the molding and shaping of phrases straight from the musical angels.” Berkshire Fine Arts ~ “Lando boasts technical skill” Anthony Tommasini ~ The New York Times ~ “He was simply brilliant” Cleveland Classical

Benjamin Beilman violin
“Poised and Monstrously Talented Philadelphia Inquirer ~ “Mightily Impressive” New York Times
Recipient of the Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship, Avery Fisher Grant, and London Music Masters Awards

Christine Lamprea cello
First Prize winner of the Sphinx and Schadt competitions, winner of the 2013 Astral Artists’ Auditions and recipient of an award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts ~ praised by the Boston Musical Intelligencer for her “supreme panache and charmingly effortless phrasing”

Jacqueline Kerrod harp
“exceptionally virtuosic and sensitive” Classical Source

Sooyun Kim flute
Winner of the Georg Solti Foundation Career Grant and a top prize at the ARD flute competition, she has been praised for her “vivid tone colors” by the Oregonian and as a “rare virtuoso of the flute” by Libération

Vadim Lando clarinet
Winner of the CMC Canada, Yale and Stonybrook competitions ~ “consistently distinguished...vibrant, precise, virtuosic playing” The New York Times

Note: Maxim Lando replaces Timur Mustakimov and Benjamin Beilman replaces Dmitri Berlinsky for this concert

Claude DEBUSSY  Première rhapsodie
  ~ commissioned for a final exam at the Paris Conservatoire, the duo for clarinet and piano in free form is an impressionistic whirlwind of technical challenges

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
  ~ for virtuoso violin and harp, with the latter’s magical sonority in one relaxed, spontaneous, improvisatory movement in several sections

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
  ~ first performed after the war in 1946, the virtuosic Trio, written for his daughter Jacqueline, is one of Ibert’s most enjoyable works—moving with energy and touches of modernity in the first movement, meditative with darker melodies in the Andante, and soaring with a brusque, spirited finale

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
  ~ originally for piano, the great French harpist Carlos Salzedo (1885–1961) made the lovely, shimmering arrangement for virtuoso harp, flute, and cello

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
  ~ exotic harmonies, a vast canvas of sumptuous color, and innovative rhythms drive the irrepressible showpiece ~ music critic Harold Schonberg called it “one of his most polished and elegant scores—the opening theme of the first movement may well be his greatest lyric inspiration”

Tickets: $25, $17, $10 ~ By Reservation Only
Call (212) 799-1259 or email admin@jupitersymphony.com
Pay by check or cash (exact change)​​​

By now you know the danger of gathering indoors with people outside your bubble. If you come, it’s at your own risk. If you are in the least bit fearful of CoVid-19, please do not come. We can, however, offer:

Required wearing of masks
Limited seating spaced 6 feet apart
Hand sanitizers
Doors to open 20 minutes before the concert
A short pause in place of an intermission
No refreshments
Request 6 feet distancing when entering and exiting
Suggest minimal, quiet talking

Windows and/or doors will be open

Please use the restrooms before or after the concert.
Thank you for accommodating the new format at this time.

In addition to the above guidelines, New York State Covid-19 Travel Advisory requires visitors from certain states to quarantine for 14 days. If you are traveling to NYC from any of these states, visitors are required to complete the online Travel Health Form.

Jupiter 2020 - 2021 Season
20 Mondays at 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM

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To reserve Tickets ~ $25, $17, $10 
please call
(212) 799-1259
or e-mail admin@jupitersymphony.com

Please visit our Media Page to hear Audio Recordings from the Jens Nygaard and Jupiter Symphony Archive

Concert Venue:
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
152 West 66 Street (west of Broadway), New York

Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church

one of the most refined and intelligent church spaces in New York~ The New York Times

Built in 1893 by Josiah Cleveland Cady, architect of the old Metropolitan Opera House and the American Museum of Natural History

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JUPITER SYMPHONY
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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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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
  ~ simply delicious piano quintet, alternately titled Rondeau Pastoral and better known in its version for solo piano, Twelve O’clock Rondo, on account of the 12 “chimes” at the end ~ by the creator of the Nocturne, which had a major influence on Chopin

We thank the University of Illinois (Champaign) for a copy of the Divertissement music.

Mackenzie Melemed piano
Abigel Kralik violin
Dechopol Kowintaweewat violin
Sarah Sung viola
Christine Lamprea cello

Sir Hamilton HARTY  Piano Quintet in F Major Op. 12
  ~ in a lyrical Romantic idiom, with a distinct, breezy Irish-salted voice

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
Abigel Kralik violin
Dechopol Kowintaweewat violin
Sarah Sun viola
Christine Lamprea cello

I Allegro 0:00
II Vivace 10:43
III Lento 14:44
IV Allegro con brio 23:59


Jupiter in the News

ConcertoNet
knocked the socks off this listener...It was wondrous chamber music. And the three artists gave it the deserving excitement, volition and imagination.” 
Harry Rolnick, ConcertoNet   more...

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...

ConcertoNet
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...

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
Prelude

Stephen Beus piano
Stefan Milenkovich violin
David Requiro cello

 

More video from this performance can be viewed on our media 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 media 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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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
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