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Award-Winning Jupiter String Quartet Returns to Middlebury for a Free Concert Nov. 16

October 29, 2014

Program Features Classical Works by Bach, Bartók, and Beethoven

Middlebury, VT—On Sunday, November 16, the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series will welcome the acclaimed Jupiter String Quartet back to the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall, where they will perform works by Bach, Bartók, and Beethoven. Known for their closeness both musically and personally, the quartet is in high demand around the globe. Their concert will be free and open to the public, thanks to the generous support of the Institute for Clinical Science and Art.

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). They have played together for over thirteen years, becoming a very tightly-knit ensemble. This closeness translates to their music-making; Performing Arts Series Director Allison Coyne Carroll notes, “They’re related—but it’s more than that. They have an emotional depth and a special sense of connection when they play together. Their performances are intense and intimate, and they sweep the audience along with them.”

The Jupiter String Quartet is now firmly established as an important voice in the world of chamber music. They have given concerts all over the world, and have played in many of the world’s finest halls, including New York’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, Austria’s Esterhazy Palace, and Seoul’s Sejong Chamber Hall. Among their many honors are a Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America in 2007 and an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2008. They also have a remarkable recording career: they recorded works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Britten for Marquis Records; and American works by Barber, Seeger, and Gershwin for iTunes, in conjunction with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Deutsche Grammophon. Most recently, they collaborated on a collection of works by Ravel (Ravel: Intimate Masterpieces) on the Oberlin College label. Two upcoming recordings are in the works on the Azica label this season.


This concert, marking the Jupiter String Quartet’s sixth appearance at Middlebury, is part of a multi-year collaboration between the Performing Arts Series and the Institute for Clinical Science and Art. Each season, the Institute designates 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 quartet’s concert program for Middlebury will consist of Bach’s Well-Tempered Fugues (arranged by Mozart), Bartók’s Quartet no. 6, Sz. 114, and Beethoven’s Quartet in A minor, op. 132.

The Jupiter String Quartet concert will take place on Sunday, November 16, 2014, at 3:00 P.M. in the Concert Hall of the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts, on the campus of Middlebury College. The Mahaney Center 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. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to


Image credits:

Top right and bottom right: Jupiter String Quartet To Perform at the Mahaney Center for the Arts November 16; photo Merri Cyr

Top left: Jupiter String Quartet To Perform at the Mahaney Center for the Arts November 16; photo Aaron Kimball

Center left: Jupiter String Quartet To Perform at the Mahaney Center for the Arts November 16; photo Brian Stauffer

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