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Jupiter String Quartet Returns to Middlebury for Two Free Concerts

November 12, 2012

Passionate, Energetic Young Ensemble Treats Audiences to a Broad Range of Repertoire November 29 and 30


Middlebury, VT—The award-winning Jupiter String Quartet is in high demand around the globe, known for their blazing, passionate, and energetic performances. The Middlebury College Performing Arts Series proudly hosts them for two performances: a midday recital on Thursday, November 29, and an evening concert on Friday, November 30. The concerts are free and open to the public, thanks to the generous support of the Institute for Clinical Science and Art.

The Jupiter String Quartet’s 12:15 P.M. program on November 29 will feature Kurtag’s 12 Microludes, sometimes characterized as a twelve-course tasting menu, or a delicious series of sound bites. They will also play Schubert’s epic Quartet in G Major, D. 887. For the more formal evening program on November 30, the quartet will perform such classic chamber music jewels as Mozart’s Quartet in D, Bartok’s Quartet No. 1, and the Brahms Quartet in C Minor.

jupiter7-merricyrFormed in 2001, the Jupiter String Quartet is a particularly intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Megan Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (older sister of Meg), and cellist Daniel McDonough (husband of Meg, and brother-in-law of Liz). As the ensemble enters the 11th year of making music together, this tightly-knit quartet has firmly established itself as an important voice in the world of chamber music. This year, the quartet joined the faculty of the University of Illinois as String Quartet-in-Residence, in addition to holding visiting faculty residencies at Oberlin Conservatory and Adelphi University, and continuing a multi-year residency at Atlanta’s renowned Spivey Hall.

The quartet has garnered many chamber music honors over the course of its career, the most notable being the Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America in 2007, followed by an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2008. Previous honors included winning first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition (where it also received the Szekely Prize for best performance of a Beethoven quartet), and grand prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. The quartet’s career began to take off after being selected in the Young Concert Artists International auditions in 2005. From 2007–2010, the quartet was in residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music.


In addition to a formal concert schedule, the Jupiter String Quartet places a strong emphasis on developing relationships with future classical music audiences through outreach work in educational settings. They believe that chamber music, with its intense interplay and communication, is one of the most effective ways of spreading an enthusiasm for classical music to new audiences. While in Middlebury, the quartet will perform new works for string quartet by Middlebury College students, and will provide feedback to the young composers. This residency work is made possible by the Rothrock Family Fund for Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts, established in 2011.

The two public concerts are part of a multi-year collaboration between the Performing Arts Series and the Institute for Clinical Science and Art, through which the Institute funds one or two high-profile string quartet concerts to be offered for free. This gift to the Middlebury community is made in memory of F. William Sunderman Jr. and Carolyn Reynolds Sunderman. The Institute will also sponsor an upcoming performance by the Escher String Quartet on March 8, 2013.

The two concerts by the Jupiter String Quartet will take place on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 12:15 P.M., and Friday, November 30, 2012 at 8:00 P.M., both in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The Mahaney Center for the Arts is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south. Free parking is available. The performances are free; no tickets are required. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to


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