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Jupiter String Quartet Gives Virtual Concert with Jasper String Quartet

Committed to making music during these challenging times, the Jupiter String Quartet will give a virtual concert presented by Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music, in place of its scheduled in-person performance Presented through high quality video recordings, the Jupiter Quartet will record from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where the ensemble has been artists-in-residence since 2012. The performance will be available to online ticket holders on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 7:30pm ET and for a few days after. Tickets and more information at

Originally scheduled to perform together in Syracuse, the Jupiter will share the concert with frequent collaborators, the Jasper String Quartet. The Jupiter Quartet will perform Beethoven’s “Harp” Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 74, paying tribute to Beethoven’s 250th birthday year. The Jasper Quartet will play music by Lera Auerbach and Joan Tower, from 4 Seasons | 4 Composers, a project they have commissioned this year bringing the brilliant muse of the seasons to the string quartet genre. The evening concludes with Mendelssohn’s monumental Octet in E-flat, Op. 20. Since the Jupiter is unable to fly to Syracuse, four outstanding local musicians will join the Jaspers for the Octet performance: Peter Rovit and Sonya Williams, violins; Arvilla Wendland, viola; and Heidi Hoffman, cello. All works performed by the Jasper Quartet will be pre-recorded in Syracuse.

The two quartets have deep connections that go beyond simply enjoying playing music together. Jupiter Quartet violist Liz Freivogel explains, “The Jupiter Quartet relishes any opportunity to play with the Jasper String Quartet, a wonderful group based in Philadelphia, both for musical and familial reasons. The first violinist of the Jaspers is J Freivogel, younger brother of Jupiter members Meg and Liz (and brother-in-law of Jupiter cellist Daniel McDonough). J's wife is Jasper cellist Rachel Henderson Freivogel, which makes her the sister-in-law of both Meg and Liz. Octet concerts together are mini-family reunions as well as musical collaborations.”

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