Jupiter String Quartet presented by Bowdoin International Music Festival on Free Livestream Concerts

Monday, July 19, 2021 at 7:30pm

Monday, August 2, 2021 at 7:30pm

Streaming live from Studzinski Recital Hall in Brunswick, ME

RSVP encouraged at www.bowdoinfestival.org/rsvp

The Jupiter String Quartet (Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violinists; Liz Freivogel, viola; and Daniel McDonough, cello) returns to the Bowdoin International Music Festival as a faculty ensemble, performing concerts on July 19 and August 2 in Studzinski Recital Hall. The Bowdoin International Music Festival is set to return to Brunswick this summer, gathering world-renowned musicians and students for an intensive schedule of chamber music study and performance. Only Festival students will be permitted inside the recital hall for live concerts, due to campus COVID policies. However, concerts will be livestreamed online from Studzinski Hall, free to community members and viewers around the world. Individuals are encouraged to RSVP in advance at www.bowdoinfestival.org/rsvp, and will receive day-of concert reminder emails with direct viewing links.

On Monday, July 19, 2021 at 7:30pm 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 Franz Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major, Op. 163, D. 956 with cellist David Ying.

On Monday, August 2, 2021 at 7:30pm, the Jupiter Quartet presents a recently premiered work written for them by Stephen Andrew Taylor, Chaconne/Labyrinth, along with 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 a repeating 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 returning, only to point in new directions. This is how I’ve felt the past year: stuck in a loop, but at the same time lost in a maze, desperately seeking the way out. At the center of this maze, like the Minotaur of Greek myth, lies a depiction of the coronavirus that has so profoundly changed our world. After this encounter—marked by strange, percussive sounds—the quartet traces their way, like following Ariadne’s thread, back through the labyrinth.” Chaconne/Labyrinth was commissioned by Arizona Friends of Chamber Music.

Jupiter String Quartet: www.jupiterquartet.com

Bowdoin International Music Festival: www.bowdoinfestival.org

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