The Jupiter String Quartet returns to the Bowdoin International Music Festival as a faculty ensemble, giving concerts on July 19 and August 2 at the Studzinski Recital Hall. The Bowdoin International Music Festival is set to return to Brunswick this summer, bringing together world-renowned musicians and students for an intensive program of chamber music studies and performances.
Only Festival students will be allowed inside the recital hall for live concerts, due to campus COVID policies. However, the concerts will be streamed live online from Studzinski Hall, free of charge to community members and viewers worldwide. Individuals are encouraged to confirm attendance in advance at www.bowdoinfestival.org/rsvp, and will receive concert day reminder emails with direct view links.
On Monday July 19, 2021 at 7:30 p.m., the Jupiter Quartet joins forces with two members of the Ying Quartet. They will perform Alexander Zemlinsky’s String Quintet in D minor with violist Phillip Ying and the String Quintet in C major, Op. 163, D. 956 with cellist David Ying.
On Monday August 2, 2021 at 7:30 p.m., the Jupiter Quartet presents a work recently created for them by Stephen Andrew Taylor, Chaconne / Labyrinth, as well as selections from Florence Price’s Five Folksongs in Counterpoint and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No.6 in F minor, op. 80.
Of his new work, Chaconne / Labyrinth, Taylor explains, “’Chaconne’ is an old-fashioned word for repetitive chord progression, like the 12 bar blues. Here the wonderful Jupiter Quartet plays a chaconne, but at the same time they are lost in a labyrinth. The chords keep coming back, only to point in new directions. This is how I felt last year: stuck in a loop, but at the same time lost in a maze, desperately looking for the exit. At the center of this labyrinth, like the Minotaur of the Greek myth, is a representation of the coronavirus that has so profoundly changed our world.After this meeting – marked by strange and percussive sounds – the quartet traces its path, like following the thread of ‘Ariane, cross the labyrinth again. ”Chaconne / Labyrinth was commissioned by Arizona Friends of Chamber Music.
About the Jupiter String Quartet: The Jupiter is a particularly intimate group, made up of violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (Meg’s older sister) and cellist Daniel McDonough (Meg’s husband, the handsome -brother of Liz). Now enjoying their 19th year together, this tight-knit ensemble is firmly established as an important voice in the world of chamber music. The New Yorker writes: “The Jupiter String Quartet, an ensemble of eloquent intensity, has become one of the mainstays of the American chamber music scene.
Jupiter has performed in some of the most beautiful venues in the world including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, Jordan Hall in Boston, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Kennedy Center and the Washington DC Library of Congress, Esterhazy Palace in Austria. , and the Seoul Sejong Chamber Hall. Their main music festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival and School, Bowdoin Music Festival, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Rockport Music Festival, Banff Center, Virginia Arts Festival, Music at Menlo, Maverick Concerts, Caramoor International Music Festival, Lanaudiere Festival, West Cork (Ireland) Chamber Music Festival, Skaneateles Festival, Madeline Island Music Festival, Yellow Barn Festival, Encore Chamber Music Festival, the first Chamber Music Athens and the Seoul Spring Festival, among others. In addition to their performing careers, they have been Artist-in-Residence at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana since 2012, where they maintain private studios and lead the chamber music program.
Their chamber music accolades and prizes include the grand prizes of the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition; the Young Concert Artists International auditions in New York; the Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America; an Avery Fisher Career Fellowship; and a grant from the Fromm Foundation. From 2007 to 2010, they were in residence at Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Two.
The Jupiter String Quartet feels a special connection with the basic repertoire of the string quartet; they have presented the complete Bartok and Beethoven string quartets on numerous occasions. Also heavily engaged in new music, they have commissioned works from Syd Hodkinson, Hannah Lash, Dan Visconti, Mark Adamo, Pierre Jalbert and Kati Agócs.
The quartet’s latest album, a collaborative recording with the Jasper String Quartet, was released in February 2021 on Marquis Classics. It presents the world premiere of Dan Visconti’s Breath Eternal as well as Osvaldo Golijov’s Last Round and Mendelssohn’s E-flat Octet, op. 20. Their recent album, Metamorphosis (Marquis Classics, 2020), features the Quartet op. 131 and the Quartet n ° 1 of Ligeti “nocturnal metamorphoses”. Other recordings on Marquis include Alchemy with Australian pianist Bernadette Harvey (2019), Shostakovich & Britten (2007) and Mendelssohn & Beethoven (2009). The quartet’s discography also includes appearances on Azica Records and Deutsche Grammophon.
The Jupiters place a strong emphasis on developing relationships with future classical music audiences through educational performances in schools and other community centers. They believe that, due to the intensity of its interaction and communication, chamber music is one of the most effective ways to spread enthusiasm for “classical” music to new audiences. The quartet has also held numerous master classes for young musicians at Northwestern University, Eastman School of Music, Aspen Music Festival, Encore Chamber Festival, Madeline Island Music Festival, and Peabody Conservatory.
The quartet chose their name because Jupiter was the most important planet in the night sky at the time of its formation, and Jupiter’s astrological symbol resembles the number four. They are also proud to include among their achievements in recent years the addition of seven children of the quartet: Pablo, Lillian, Clara, Dominic, Felix, Oliver and Joelle. You can spot some of these miniature Jupiters in the audience or attend rehearsals, along with their grandparent babysitters. For more information visit www.jupiterquartet.com.
The Bowdoin International Music Festival is one of the world’s premier music institutes. Founded in 1964, the Festival engages exceptional students and enthusiastic audiences through world-class education and performances. After a very competitive admission process, 250 students are invited to attend the Festival and study with distinguished professors and guest artists. Audiences are invited to memorable performances by these artists and 175 other free events such as student performances, composer talks, masterclasses, studio classes, community concerts, and family events. For more information and to stream live events, visit www.bowdoinfestival.org.
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