Jasper Quartet & Jupiter String Quartet Presented by Music Mondays


Jasper Quartet & Jupiter String Quartet

Presented by Music Mondays

Performing Music by Florence Price, Michi Wiancko, Dan Visconti, and Felix Mendelssohn

L-R Jasper Quartet (Photo by Martha Holland); Jupiter Quartet (Photo by Sarah Gardner) available in high resolution at www.jensenartists.com/jupiter-string-quartet

Monday, May 9, 2022 at 7:30pm Advent Lutheran Church 2504 Broadway | New York, NY 10025 Tickets and more information at https://www.musicmondays.org/may-2022 www.jasperquartet.com | www.jupiterquartet.com

On Monday, May 9, 2022 at 7:30pm, Music Mondays will present a joint concert by the Jasper Quartet, winners of the Cleveland Quartet Award, and the Jupiter String Quartet – winners of the Banff International String Quartet Competition.The concert will take place at Advent Lutheran Church (2504 Broadway, NY).

For this Monday evening performance, the Jasper Quartet and Jupiter Quartet Quartet will perform a program featuring music by Florence Price, Michi Wiancko, Dan Visconti, and Felix Mendelssohn. The Jasper Quartet will begin the concert with String Quartet No. 1 in G Major by Florence Price. Then the Jupiter Quartet will perform To Unpathed Waters, Undreamed Shores, by Michi Wiancko. Both quartets will then join in a collaborative performance of Dan Visconti’s Eternal Breath, before finishing the program with Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20.

Florence Price’s String Quartet No. 1 in G Major showcases a key and tonality-driven compositional style – an attribute derived from 19th century Romanticism. Price’s inclination for writing textural variation into her music results in a performatively challenging but harmonically impressive work. Michi Wiancko’s To Unpathed Waters, Undreamed Shores, serves as a response to climate change. The piece was commissioned for the Jupiter Quartet by Bay Chamber Concerts in partnership with the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Regarding the piece, Wiancko says, “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.”

Dan Visconti’s hauntingly beautiful Eternal Breath was commissioned by Margie and Bill Freivogel (parents of musicians J, Meg, Liz, and older brother Ben) on the occasion of their 40th wedding anniversary. Visconti describes the concept of the piece: “Eternal Breath is based on a simple ‘breathing’ phrase, which becomes longer and more elaborate as the expanding melody is passed around the entire ensemble. The idea of the breath of life passed from one generation to the next, as well as the expansion of the family through marriage inspired the development of the initial, chant-like material.” Felix Mendelssohn composed String Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20, his intricate masterpiece, at the age of sixteen. The work is famously joyful. Rather than treating the two quartets as separate entities, Mendelssohn weaves all kinds of deft and subtle conversations among the eight musicians, in every possible combination. The Jupiter and Jasper quartets celebrate many years of deep connections that go beyond simply enjoying playing music together. There are siblings—J Freivogel from the Jaspers is the younger brother of Jupiter members Meg and Liz Freivogel; spouses— Rachel Henderson Freivogel and J are married in the Jaspers, and Daniel McDonough and Meg are married in the Jupiters; and longtime friends—Nelson Lee and Karen Kim were apartment mates while they were college students in Boston. In 2021, the two quartets celebrated the release of a collaborative album on Marquis Classics, produced by Grammy-winner Judith Sherman, which features two pieces on this program: Dan Visconti’s Eternal Breath (world premiere recording) and Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20.

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