The Jupiter String Quartet remains committed to making music during these challenging times, and in place of its scheduled in-person performance, will give a virtual concert presented by Rockport, Maine’s Bay Chamber Concerts on August 6, 2020 at 7:30pm, recorded from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where the ensemble has been artists-in-residence since 2012. The concert will be available for the public worldwide to watch at www.baychamberconcerts.org.
On August 6, the Jupiter will give the world premiere of composer Michi Wiancko’s To Unpathed Waters, Undreamed Shores, a new commission for them by Bay Chamber Concerts with the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, alongside Beethoven’s monumental String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132. The new work was commissioned in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of Bay Chamber Concerts as well as Maine’s Bicentennial, and is paired with Beethoven’s music in honor of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
Artistic Director of Bay Chamber Concerts Manuel Bagorro said, “We are delighted to support the creation of a new work that provides a crucial space for hope and inspiration while acknowledging our shared fears for the planet. It is an absolute pleasure to work with Michi Wiancko, a composer I admire enormously, writing for the astonishingly gifted Jupiter String Quartet to create a unique addition to the string quartet repertoire. Given Beethoven’s love of nature and its inspirational impact on his music, the combination of a major work by Beethoven with Michi’s celebration of the natural world feels beautiful and right.”
To Unpathed Waters, Undreamed Shores celebrates the beauty and vitality of the natural world. Listeners will travel through deserts, forests, and along coastlines and glaciers, visiting grand landscapes, colorful birds, and fascinating underwater creatures. Embedded in the work will also be sonic interpretations of extreme weather events related to droughts, fires, and rising sea levels as influenced by climate change. Wiancko writes, “I believe that a musical work that engages with regeneration, resilience, and collective humanity has the potential to be a powerful and unique contribution to the string quartet repertoire.”
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