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Jupiter String Quartet To Perform Schubert, Brahms, and Schoenberg March 23

March 8, 2016

Quartet Welcomes Guest Artists Roger Tapping on Viola and Natasha Brofsky on Cello

jupiterquartet-photoLBrianStauffer.jpgMiddlebury, VT—The Middlebury College Performing Arts Series welcomes back the Jupiter String Quartet, performing with violist Roger Tapping and cellist Natasha Brofsky, on Wednesday, March 23 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Together, these audience favorites will perform works by Schubert and Brahms, as well as Schoenberg’s haunting and beautiful “Transfigured Night.”

JupiterStrQt-cred-AaronKimball.jpgThe Jupiter String Quartet is known around the world for blazing, passionate, and energetic performances. Now in their 13th year of making music together, the members of this tightly-knit ensemble perform across the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Americas. They have enjoyed playing in some 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 and Library of Congress, Austria’s Esterhazy Palace, and Seoul’s Sejong Chamber Hall. They are winners of the Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant. From 2007–2010, the Quartet was in residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Two. Now the Jupiters are the String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where they maintain private studios as well as responsibility for running the chamber music program.

The quartet’s strong sense of connection is partly due to their intense musical attention to one another, but also due to the fact that they’re family. Within the Jupiter Quartet, violist Liz Freivogel and second violinist Megan Freivogel are sisters; furthermore, Megan is married to cellist Daniel McDonough. Violinist Nelson Lee rounds out the quartet. RogerTapping_cred-SusanWilson2.jpgNatashaBrofsky_nocred.jpgTheir guest artists—violist Roger Tapping and cellist Natasha Brofsky—are also a married couple. This concert will be the Jupiter Quartet’s seventh Middlebury performance, and Tapping’s 18th (counting the 17 during his decade with the Takács Quartet), making them all extended members of the Middlebury family.

Performing Arts Series director Allison Coyne Carroll writes, “It’s only into the hands of family that I would entrust a story as intimate as Schoenberg’s ‘Transfigured Night.’ This lush, dense, and highly chromatic work is inspired by a poem by German poet Richard Dehmel, describing a couple in love walking through the woods on a moonlit night. She reveals she’s pregnant with another man’s child, a man she never loved. The man lovingly accepts her, and the child as if his own; and the unborn child, man, woman, and the night itself are transfigured from darkness into light.”

The Jupiter String Quartet concert with Roger Tapping and Natasha Brofsky will take place on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 7:30 P.M. in Robison Hall at the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts. Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin will offer a free pre-concert lecture at 6:30 PM in Room 125. The Mahaney Center is located on the campus of Middlebury College, at 72 Porter Field Road, just off Route 30 south/S. Main Street. Free parking is available curbside on Rt. 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. Tickets are $25 for the general public; $20 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to



Photo credits:

Jupiter String Quartet, photo Brian Stauffer

Jupiter String Quartet in concert at the Mahaney Center for the Arts, photo Aaron Kimball

Roger Tapping, viola; photo Susan Wilson

Natasha Brofsky, cello; courtesy of the artist

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