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  Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players

    The Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players
    a living tribute to Jens Nygaard

    In addition to its distinguished series of 20 concerts in New York each season, the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players innovative programs are now available on tour. Programming their signature mix of beloved repertoire and undiscovered gems, they have been showered with the enthusiastic praise of critics and the excited devotion of audiences. Their concerts display the talents of mixed ensembles of four to twelve performers, ranging from string quartets and wind ensembles to special combinations, and often feature pianists, vocalists or other solo instrumentalists.

    The Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players is a remarkable assemblage of some of the finest young musicians in the United States. Their mixed ensemble programming brings into focus a constellation of well-known masterpieces and sublime hidden treasures from the chamber music repertoire.

    Comprised of world-class prizewinners, each a rising star in his or her own right, the ensemble performs in honor of the founder of New York's Jupiter Symphony, a magnificent musician, Jens Nygaard. For more about the New York concert season by the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, click here.

    Musical America's Critics' Choice 2011:
    "Jens Nygaard, who founded and conducted the Jupiter Symphony beginning in 1979, died in 2001. He was a tireless exponent of under-appreciated repertory. In tribute to both his memory and his championship of the lesser-known, the Jupiter Chamber Players continue his legacy. Their venue is a nice Romanesque space easy to reach by bus and only a few blocks West of Carnegie Hall. Kopelman, the onetime leader of the Borodin Quartet, appears in a mostly Czech program that begins with the Clarinet Quartet in B flat, Op.21 No. 2 by Franz Krommer (1759-1831). Born Frantisek Kramár in Southern Moravia, Krommer Germanicized his name when he arrived in Vienna, the Imperial capital of the Hapsburg Empire. He was an elder contemporary of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert who outlived them all. Wind players prize his works; the Quartet showcases the clarinet with a graceful polish reminiscent of Weber. Mozart's Adagio and Menuetto, K. 266, a little trio for two violins and contrabass, is subtitled Nachtmusik and represents an "honorary Czech" as Mozart enjoyed some of his greatest success in the Bohemian capital. Martinu's Three Madrigals were composed for two celebrated New York musicians, Joseph and Lillian Fuchs, who played the premiere during Christmas week of 1947. Dvorak's Quintet in G, Op. 77 for string quartet and contrabass, dates from 1875, when the composer had emerged from the Wagnerian shadow of his youth to embrace the Czech national style that would characterize all his subsequent works."

    Conductor Jens Nygaard was one of the most respected musicians in New York, an honor earned for many years of first-class performances in both the standard and rarely performed repertoire. In addition to founding The Jupiter Symphony, Mr. Nygaard also founded the Westchester Chamber Chorus and Orchestra, guest conducted The Juilliard Orchestra, The New Jersey Symphony and The Korea Philharmonic (among others), and taught conducting at Columbia and Rutgers Universities. A largely self-taught man, with a great depth of experience in virtually all types of music, he brought to his work uncommon technical facility and a uniquely fresh view of every piece he performed. Most importantly, he always communicated his love for music, musicians, and audiences.

    "...outstanding playing. No one could accuse these players of lack of involvement. The Serenade's four movements were put through their paces smartly, positively oozing vivacity and élan...the performance maintained the extraordinary high level of the rest of the rest of the programme."
    The Strad

    "If you haven't heard Jupiter, your idea of what a classical concert can communicate is rather limited."
    The Village Voice

    "...the performance was beautifully balanced and morphed naturally from high-spirited playfulness to dark chromaticism and back."
    The New York Times

    "The ensemble's program on Monday afternoon was very much in Nygaard's signature style, and the size and enthusiasm of the audience suggested that his vision still has a constituency...nicely turned melodies, interesting modulations and spirited ensemble interplay kept things lively...finely nuanced and thoroughly menacing."
    The New York Times

    " is one of the city's cultural jewels."
    The New York Sun

    " notch."
    The London Times

    "The program was put on with such taste, dignity, and affection that this listener was completely charmed."
    The New York Times

    "The minuet had strong reminiscences of an Austrian town square full of jolly peasant dancers. The ebullient finale proved that the Jupiter instrumentalists were as cohesive a group as you could wish for...It was one of those concerts where every minute passed swiftly. Special mention must be made of the fine piano work of Morgulis, so correct in both works with the different touch that was needed for the Hummel and Beethoven. All seven of the other musicians matched her in what they provided for the audience - joy in music."
    Danbury News-Times

    "...all sat in rapt silence once the music began. I have never witnessed such decorum even at the Metropolitan Opera, where tickets cost up to 15 times as much. At first I thought people might have fallen asleep, something I've seen plenty of times at the Met. (And at the Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall.) But every eye was focused on the musicians and every face was lost in thought."
    Ben Sisario, The New York Times 1/18/08

    "A foursome led by former Jupiter principal clarinet, Vadim Lando, traversed Kreutzer's Quartet in E flat major. This was a rollicking rendition, notable for crisp rhythm and good humor. Especially intriguing was the middle Andante grazioso, with the woodwind line punctuated by the strumming alla Italienne of the viola."
    Fred Kirshnit, New York Sun 6/21/07




     Brahms Piano Qtet (mvmt)

    Tour Programs

    Suggested Programs

    Mozart: Flute Quartet in A, K. 298
    Spohr: Nonet in F Op. 31 for strings & winds
    Beethoven: Septet for strings & winds

    Milhaud: Suite for violin, clarinet and piano
    Brahms: Trio in a for piano, clarinet and cello
    Dvorak: "Dumky" Trio Op. 90

    Mozart/Weigelt: Divertimento No. 8 in F K. 213 for wind quintet
    Rossini: Sonata 6, Tema con variazioni for winds
    Spohr: Quintet for piano and winds
    Beethoven: Quintet for Piano and Winds Op. 16

    Schubert: Adagio and Rondo concertante D 487 in F
    Beethoven: Serenade for Flute Violin and Viola
    Brahms: Piano Quartet # 1 in g

    J.C. Bach: Trio for flute, violin, cello in C
    Haydn: Trio No. 17 in F for flute, cello, piano
    Hummel: Clarinet Quartet
    Schumann: Piano Quartet

    Beethoven: String Quintet
    Kuhlau: Quintet No. 1 in D Major for flute
    Bruch: String Quintet

    Beethoven: String Quintet
    Reicha: Quintet for Clarinet in B-flat
    Bruch: String Quintet

    Beethoven: Trio in Bb for clarinet, cello, and piano, Op. 11
    Hummel: Adagio, Variations & Rondo for flute, cello, piano
    Schubert: Piano Trio Op. 100

    Glinka: Trio Pathetique for clarinet, cello and piano
    Stravinsky: L'Histroire Du Soldat for clarinet, violin, piano
    Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in a Op. 50

    Mahler: Piano Quartetsatz
    Rheinberger: Nonet for Winds & Strings
    Brahms: Piano Quartet in G