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Jupiter Quartet Returns to Middlebury with a Celebration of Debussy

November 13, 2018

String ensemble to Perform at the Mahaney Center on November 30

Middlebury, VT—When the Washington Post titles a concert review “Jupiter String Quartet delivers on its name with an out-of-this-world performance,” you can begin to understand why this ensemble is a longtime Middlebury favorite. In a performance at the Mahaney Arts Center on Friday, November 30, the quartet will celebrate Debussy in this centenary year of his passing, with a program of Ravel and Debussy’s solitary string quartets, plus Dutilleux’s “Ainsi la nuit.” Prior to the performance, Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin will present a free pre-concert lecture about the music on the program.

Performing Arts Series Director Allison Coyne Carroll considers these acclaimed musicians part of the extended Middlebury community: “The beloved Jupiter Quartet have been Middlebury friends for almost a decade, having performed seven acclaimed concerts to date since 2010. Years ago they braved pushing their car up Worth Mountain in a blizzard to get here! This time they’ll stay an extra day to play through new compositions written by Middlebury College students.”


About the Quartet

The Jupiter String Quartet 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). In addition to their performing career, they are artists-in-residence at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where they maintain private studios and direct the chamber music program.

Now enjoying their 16th year together, the quartet has firmly established its important voice in the world of chamber music. The group has performed internationally in renowned music festivals and in some of the world’s finest halls, including New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, London’s Wigmore Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center and Library of Congress, Austria’s Esterhazy Palace, and Seoul’s Sejong Chamber Hall. Their many honors include grand prizes in the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition; the Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America; an Avery Fisher Career Grant; a grant from the Fromm Foundation; and a three-year residency at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Two.

The quartet has issued numerous recordings on labels including Azica Records, Marquis Classics, and Deutsche Grammophon. Their next release is a recording of contemporary works with Australian pianist Bernadette Harvey to be released on Marquis Records in 2019.

The Jupiters place a strong emphasis on developing relationships with future classical musicians and audiences through educational performances in schools and other community centers.

The quartet chose its name because Jupiter was the most prominent planet in the night sky at the time of its formation and the astrological symbol for Jupiter resembles the number four. They are also proud to list among their accomplishments in recent years the addition of seven quartet children: Pablo, Lillian, Clara, Dominic, Felix, Oliver, and Joelle. You may spot some of these miniature Jupiters in the audience or tagging along to rehearsals with their grandparent babysitters.

“Positively celestial playing”—Washington Post 

“String quartets, like fine wines, get better with age. The Jupiters are a very fine vintage indeed.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Performance Details

The Jupiter Quartet will perform on Friday, November 30 at 7:30 PM at the Mahaney Arts Center (MAC)’s Robison Hall, on the campus of Middlebury College. Professor Hamberlin’s pre-concert lecture will take place at 6:30 PM in MAC Room 221. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 South/S. Main Street. Parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot. Reserved seating tickets are $28 for adults; $22 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, emeriti, and alumni; $10 for youth; and $6 for Middlebury College students; and are on sale at 802-443-MIDD (6433) or




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(Top right, top center, bottom right) The Jupiter Quartet pays homage to Debussy in a concert at Middlebury’s Mahaney Arts Center on Friday, November 30. Photo Sarah Gardner

(2nd from top, center) The Jupiter Quartet will perform works by Ravel, Debussy, and Dutilleux on November 30 at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Arts Center. Photo Aaron Kimball

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