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Jupiter String Quartet gives virtual concert

Jul 24, 2020
Photo by: Elle Logan Jupiter String Quartet

Rockport — 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 Bay Chamber Concerts on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 7:30 p.m., 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 baychamberconcerts.org.

The Jupiter is a particularly intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (Meg’s older sister), and cellist Daniel McDonough (Meg’s husband, Liz’s brother-in-law). 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 matured into one of the mainstays of the American chamber-music scene.”

On Aug. 6, the Jupiter will give the world premiere of composer Michi Wiancko’s "To Unpathed Waters, Uncharted 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.

"To Unpathed Waters, Uncharted 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.”

For more information on Wiancko, visit michiwiancko.com; on Jupiter String Quartet, jupiterquartet.com; and Bay Chamber, baychamberconcerts.org.

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