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Jupiter String Quartet Returns to Middlebury Nov. 23 for Free Encore Concert

August 4, 2014

World-class Ensemble Joins with Acclaimed Violist Kim Kashkashian to Perform Brahms Quintet

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Middlebury, VT— The Middlebury College Performing Arts Series proudly presents the award-winning Jupiter String Quartet in a free public performance on Saturday, November 23, at 8:00 P.M., at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The program will feature two Beethoven quartets, and Brahms’ Quintet No. 2, which will be performed with the addition of Grammy-award-winning violist Kim Kashkashian. This concert is offered free of charge to College audiences and the public, thanks to the generous support of the Institute for Clinical Science and Art.

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The Jupiter String Quartet is in high demand around the globe, known for their blazing, passionate, and energetic performances. After their successful concerts at Middlebury last November, the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series re-engaged this exciting young quartet for an “encore” performance this season.

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Formed 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 they enter the 12th year of making music together, these four musicians have firmly established their quartet as an important voice in the world of chamber music. They have garnered many chamber music honors, 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 and grand prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. From 2007–2010, the quartet was in residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music. Last 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.

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Kim Kashkashian, internationally recognized as a unique voice on the viola, studied the viola with Karen Tuttle and legendary violist Walter Trampler at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. Since fall 2000 she has taught viola and chamber music at New England Conservatory. Following Grammy Award nominations for several previous recordings, Kashkashian received a 2012 Grammy in the “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” category for “Kurtág and Ligeti: Music for Viola” on the ECM Records label. Kashkashian has worked tirelessly to broaden the range of repertoire for the viola by developing creative relationships with composers György Kurtág, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alfred Schnittke, Giya Kancheli, and Arvo Pärt. She has appeared with the great orchestras of Berlin, London, Vienna, Milan, New York, and Cleveland, and in recital at venues worldwide. She is also a founding member of Music for Food, an initiative by musicians to fight hunger in their home communities.

The concert is 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 presented free of charge. This gift to the Middlebury community is made in memory of F. William Sunderman Jr. and Carolyn Reynolds Sunderman. While in Middlebury, the quartet will also work with Middlebury College students; made possible by the Rothrock Family Fund for Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts, established in 2011. The Institute will also sponsor an upcoming performance by the Elias String Quartet on March 13, 2014.

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Members of the Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) will be treated to two exclusive benefits related to the Jupiter String Quartet’s concert: first, an insightful pre-concert lecture by Music Department Chair Greg Vitercik; and second, priority seating in the Concert Hall, before the house opens to the rest of the audience. PASS information is available at go.middlebury.edu/pass or at 802.443.MIDD (6433).

The concert by the Jupiter String Quartet will take place on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 8:00 P.M., in the Concert Hall of the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts. 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 performance is free; no tickets are required. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.

 

Photo credits:

Top right, inset: Jupiter String Quartet, photo L. Brian Stauffer

Top: Jupiter String Quartet in concert at the Mahaney Center for the Arts, November 2012, photo Aaron Kimball

Second from top: Jupiter String Quartet, photo L. Brian Stauffer

Third from top: Jupiter String Quartet, photo Merri Cyr

Fourth from top: Violist Kim Kashkasian, photo Steve Riskind