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.

Join Us For Our 2021-2022 Season!

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
view more reviews

Join Our Mailing List!

Dear Friends and Music Lovers,

   We thank all of you who helped make last season a success—our musicians who played splendidly for appreciative audiences, music lovers who provided the enthusiasm for Jupiter’s music making, and all our supporters from near and afar for their gifts. Our brilliant artistic director Michael Volpert has again created 20 varied and beautiful programs.

   We hope you’re up for the musical journey, but if you come, it’s at your own risk during this pandemic. It continues to be dicey when gathering indoors, but we’ll follow state-city guidelines and we can offer:

Spaced-apart seating
Required wearing of masks by audience and staff
HEPA-filter air purifiers in operation
Hand sanitizers
Doors to open 20 minutes before concert starts
Request distancing when entering and exiting
Suggest minimal, quiet talking

    Since the pandemic is evolving over time, we’ll be vigilant and flexible. For updates regarding concerts and requirements, please visit the website.

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

Jens Nygaard caricature by Nicky Zann
Caricature of Jens Nygaard in pen and ink
by Nicholas “Nicky” Zann ~ in fond memory

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.

View Our Season Calendar

Click on the dates for 2021-2022 program details:

September 13 ~ Love Triangles
September 27 ~ Imparting Wisdom

October 4 ~ Ties to Beethoven
October 18 ~ Expats in France
October 25 ~ Opus One
November 8 ~ Showstoppers
November 22 ~ A Russian Spectrum
December 6 ~ French Romanticism
December 20 ~ Czech This Out!
January 10 ~ Maestri en Paris

January 24 ~ Terrific Trios
February 7 ~ Two Titans
February 21 ~ Mozart Connexions
March 7 ~ Viva Brasil
March 21 ~ German Romantics
April 4 ~ Both Sides of the Pond
April 11 ~ Bellissimo
April 25 ~ Evoking Brahms
May 2 ~ Reicha’s Reach
May 16 ~ Standouts

more details here...

View Our Printable Calendar (pdf)

Take a look at our guest artists for this season.
Find out more about the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players.

Join us for our next concerts...

Albert Cano Smit, piano
William Hagen, violin
Bridget Kibbey, harp
Thomas Mesa, cello

Monday, December 6 2 PM & 7:30 PM
French Romanticism
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
152 West 66 Street (west of Broadway)

Limited Seating

Albert Cano Smit piano
Winner in the 2019 Young Concert Artists Auditions, First Prize at the 2017 Naumburg Piano Competition and finalist and CMIM grant recipient of the 2017 Concours International Musical de Montréal ~ “a superb musician has spoken” Le Devoir

William Hagen violin
Third prize winner of the 2015 Queen Elisabeth Competition (the highest ranking American since 1980) ~ a “brilliant virtuoso…a standout” The Dallas Morning News ~ “an intellectual command of line and score, and just the right amount of power” Violinist.com ~ “plays with an obvious and sincere love for the very act of music making” North Texas Performing Arts News

Bridget Kibbey harp
   ~ Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, Salon de Virtuosi SONY Recording Grant, and Premiere Prix at the Journées de les Harpes Competition in Arles, France ~ “from beauty to rarefied beauty… thanks…to [her] formidable technique” The Washington Post

Thomas Mesa cello
Winner of the 2017 Astral Artists Auditions, the 2016 Sphinx Competition, 2013 Thaviu Competition, and the 2006 Alhambra Orchestra Concerto Competition

Note: Bridget Kibbey replaces Jacqueline Kerrod for this concert

RAVEL  Pavane for a Dead Princes
  ~ evocation of a 16th century court dance that could have been danced by a little princess as painted by Velázquez

Eugène YSAŸE  Caprice d’après l’Etude en forme de valse Op. 52
  ~ a flashy showpiece by the “King of the Violin” for violin and piano, in a brilliant arrangement of the 6th of Camille SAINT-SAËNS’s Op. 52 Etudes for piano

An audience favorite in its day, Ysaÿe played the Caprice numerous times throughout his career with great success. It is an “example of the flourishing Franco-Belgian violin technique of the late nineteenth century.… It conveys the spirit and style of the belle époque, and brings together two leading musical personalities of the era—the much-venerated composer Saint-Saëns, and his younger colleague, the celebrated violinist, teacher, and composer in his own right [Cynthia Miller].”

Born in Liège, Belgium in 1858, Ysaÿe first studied with his father at a very early age, then became a pupil of Henryk Wieniawski and later, Henri Vieuxtemps. He settled in Paris in 1882, and by his early 20s he was making a name for himself and proceeded to dominate Parisian musical life. He also began touring extensively as a soloist throughout Europe and eventually in the United States. He died in 1931 in Brussels.

Henriette Renié and Harpo Marx
  Henriette Renié and Harpo Marx

Henriette RENIÉ  Trio in Bb Major for violin, cello, and harp
  ~ resplendent Romanticism and charming elegance evoking the music of Saint-Saëns and Fauré, with impressionist touches

Renié made an indelible mark as one of the finest harpists, an exceptional teacher, and a revolutionary pioneer in modern harp composition at the turn of the 20th century. She elevated the status of the harp from an instrument for dilettantes to an important solo concert instrument; she taught several renowned harpists; and she expanded the harp repertoire through original, virtuosic compositions for her own performances and simpler pieces for beginning harpists, and through transcriptions for solo and ensemble harp. Born in Paris in 1875, the prodigy first studied the piano, but was drawn to the harp like a magnet after hearing a concert by Alphonse Hasselmanns, who became her teacher. By 1887, at age 12, she won the Premier Prix, graduated from the Paris Conservatory, and had her own students. She later became Hasselmanns’s assistant and also studied composition with Théodore Dubois. Her career, however, was stymied, being a woman with religious beliefs at a time when women were supposed to stay at home, and when France was trying to separate church and state. When the government prevented her appointment as harp teacher at the Paris Conservatoire, she started her own international competition, the Concours Renié, and created her own Méthode pour la harpe, which is still held in high regard to this day. Among her pupils were Marcel Grandjany and Harpo Marx. She also continued performing until about six months before her death in March 1956.

Sylvio LAZZARI  Piano Trio in G minor Op. 13
  ~ impressive, virile work that melds German Romanticism and French stylistic elements into his personal musical idiom

Musikland-tirol hears his preference for “the grand gesture, full of pathos and almost operatic drama. This passionate expressiveness contrasts particularly in the slower movements featuring spiritualized pictures of moods with tonal colors full of sensual warmth.” Well-received at its premiere, the Trio was often played in France until the First World War.

Sylvio Lazzari (1857–1944) was born of Austrian and Italian parents in Bozen, Southern Tyrol, now part of Italy. After studying law in Austria he visited Paris in 1882, following the advice of Ernest Chausson and Charles Gounod, then studied with Ernest Guiraud and César Franck at the Paris Conservatoire. During this period he wrote 3 pieces that were performed to acclaim: the Trio, a Quatuor—the first string quartet ever composed in the “modern” school (it whetted the appetite of French musicians and concertgoers for chamber music), and an Octuor for winds. In 1894, two years before he became a French citizen, his Sonate pour piano et violon was premiered and made famous by Eugène Ysaÿe, who played it all over the world up until his last performances. Lazzari composed in most genres and is occasionally remembered today as a composer of five operas. He also held several positions in Paris, including president of the Wagner Society and choirmaster at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo. He died of a pulmonary embolism at his home at Suresnes.

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’ll follow state-city guidelines, however, and we can offer:

Spaced-apart seating
Required wearing of masks by audience and staff
HEPA-filter air purifiers in operation
Hand sanitizers
Doors to open 20 minutes before concert starts
Request distancing when entering and exiting
Suggest minimal, quiet talking

Refreshments may not be served.
Please use the restrooms before/after the concert.

Jupiter 2021 - 2022 Season
20 Mondays at 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM

View Our NEW Season Calendar

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

Office Address:
155 West 68th Street, Suite 319
New York, NY 10023

(212) 799-1259

Like our Facebook page to see photos, videos,
concert information and the latest news

Jupiter in the News

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...

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...

The next time you shop on Amazon, sign up at Smile.Amazon.com and donate 0.5% of your purchase to Jupiter, without additional cost to you or to Jupiter. Many thanks

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

FEb 8 2021 HAYDN  Sonata No. 1 in G Major
​​​​​​Oliver Neubauer violin, Mihai Marica cello, Zoe Martin-Doike viola

FEb 8 2021 HOFFMEISTER Duo Concertante No. 1 in G Major
Sooyun Kim flute, Zoe Martin-Doike viola

Feb 8 2021 MOZART Piano Quartet No. 2 in Eb Major
Oliver Neubauer violin, Janice Carissa piano
Mihai Marica cello, Zoe Martin-Doike viola

Feb 8 2021 KREUTZER  Quintet in A Major
Sooyun Kim flute, Vadim Lando clarinet, Janice Carissa piano
Mihai Marica cello, Zoe Martin-Doike viola

Video Viewing ~ Classical Treats
February 8, 2021 Jupiter Concert

Greetings! Three months ago, our musicians brought warmth and joy with their wonderful music making on a cold, winter’s day with Classical Treats. The viewing is offered for $25, and we hope to cover the costs of production. Thanks so much for viewing the video of this concert, and for supporting Jupiter with gifts as well! MeiYing

View the video for $25

You will be automatically directed to the video page once payment is made. If not, click on the “return to merchant” link after checkout. Please go through the checkout process only once and do not use the back button or reload the page while making the purchase. If there are any problems, contact jupiternews@jupitersymphony.com.

Viewers comments of previous videos:

“Oh I thoroughly enjoyed the concert. Good to see Maxim and his dad. Familiar faces to me. I enjoyed the notes about the players. Till the next time...”

“Great playing and really nice camera work. Probably better than being there!

“We so enjoyed the concert. The pianist was outstanding as was the musical selection.

“It was wonderful. Thank you.

♦ ♦ ♦


Janice Carissa piano
Young Scholar of the Lang Lang Foundation, recipient of the 2018 Salon de Virtuosi Grant, winner of the 2014 piano competition at the Aspen Festival, and a top prizewinner of the IBLA Foundation’s 2006 piano competition (at age 8)

Oliver Neubauer violin
Recipient of the Gold Award at the 2018 National YoungArts Competition and winner of the 2017 Young Musicians Competition at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Zoë Martin-Doike viola
Member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, top prizewinner of the Primrose and Lenox competitions on viola and violin, respectively and founding violinist of the Aizuri Quartet

Mihai Marica cello
Winner of the Irving Klein, Viña del Mar, Salon de Virtuosi and Dotzauer competitions ~ “Mihai is a brilliant cellist and interpreter of music. His playing is spellbinding.” Mitchell Sardou Klein

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

♦ ♦ ♦


HAYDN  Sonata No. 1 in G Major Hob XVI:40 ▪ 1784
  ~ sophisticated and subtly wrought, the Sonata is from a set of 3, arranged for string trio from the original for keyboard and published by Johann André in 1790

The sonatas were written for Princess Marie, the new bride of Prince Nicholas Esterházy, grandson of Haydn’s employer, Prince Nicholas I. Cramer’s Magazin der Musik, in its review in 1785, observed that they were “more difficult to perform than one initially believes. They demand the utmost precision, and much delicacy in performance.” In 2 contrasting movements, the pastoral Allegretto innocente is followed by a gleeful zany romp.

Conradin KREUTZER  Quintet in A Major ▪ between 1810 and 1820
  ~ in the late Classical–early Romantic style, the charming Quintet is written for the unusual combination of piano, flute, clarinet, viola, and cello with the piano as primus inter pares, first among equals—each movement a winner bearing a variety of melodic gifts and revealing a lively feeling for rhythm and color

Born in Messkirch to a respected Swabian burgher, Kreutzer (1780–1849) is considered a minor master of the Biedermeier epoch. He studied law in Freiburg before turning entirely to music after his father died in 1800. In 1804 he went to Vienna, where he met Haydn and probably studied with Albrechtsberger, one of Beethoven’s teachers. His active career included tours in Europe and several posts in Vienna, Stuttgart, Cologne, and other German cities, all the while composing numerous operas. Some of his music is not entirely forgotten—his settings for male chorus to Ludwig Uhland’s poems long remained popular with German and Austrian choirs; Das Nachtlager in Granada used to be revived occasionally in Germany; and his score for Der Verschwender continues to be performed in Austria.

Franz Anton HOFFMEISTER  Duo Concertante No. 1 in G Major ▪ [1790]
flute and viola

1st movement ~ Allegro
  ~ by Mozart’s friend and his principal publisher

MOZART  Piano Quartet No. 2 in Eb Major K. 493 ▪ 1786
  ~ a flawless masterpiece of utmost lightness and charm, with heavenly melodies

Mozart was under contract with the publisher Franz Anton Hoffmeister to write 3 piano quartets, a virtually new genre of his own invention. When the first (K. 478 in G minor) did not sell because of its difficulty for amateurs, Mozart was released from his obligation. Nine months later, which was two months after the completion of Le Nozze di Figaro, the second piano quartet (K. 493 in Eb Major) was published by Artaria. A little easier than the first, Alfred Einstein viewed it as “bright in color, but iridescent, with hints of darker shades.”

♦ ♦ ♦

Harry Munz audio engineer
Marc Basch videographer

For more about the musicians: guest artistsplayers
For further notes on the music: calendar

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 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.

Please send any correspondence to

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 20 minutes prior to each concert.

Copyright © 1999-2021 Jupiter Symphony. All rights reserved.