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Jupiter String Quartet with Kim Kashkashian, viola

<p class="caption">The Jupiter String Quartet will perform in Middlebury with violist Kim Kashkashian.</p>
November 23, Saturday
8:00 pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Jupiter String Quartet

Nelson Lee, violin
Megan Freivogel, violin
Liz Freivogel, viola
Daniel McDonough, cello
with Kim Kashkashian, viola

Beloved by Middlebury audiences, the award-winning Jupiter String Quartet is known around the world for blazing, passionate, and energetic performances. Grammy-award-winner Kim Kashkashian is internationally recognized as a unique voice on the viola. Together, these artists will wow our Middlebury audience with a performance of Brahms’s sunny String Quintet no. 2 in G Major. The Jupiters also perform Beethoven’s Quartet no. 6 in B-flat Major, op.18 no.6; and Quartet no. 12 in E-flat Major, op. 127. This free Performing Arts Series concert is made possible with generous support from the Institute for Clinical Science and Art, in memory of F. William Sunderman Jr. and Carolyn Reynolds Sunderman. Free; no tickets required

Associated Residency Activity

Pre-concert Lecture for PASS Members

November 23, Saturday
7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

Members of the Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) are invited to a talk by music department chair Greg Vitercik about the music to be performed by the Jupiter String Quartet. Enjoy a backstage peek into the pre-concert experience. A members-only event; membership information: 802.443.PASS (7277) or go.middlebury.edu/pass. Free

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Media


The Jupiter String Quartet performs Mendelssohn's Quartet in f minor, op. 80, mvmt. 1 at the awards ceremony for the 2008 Avery Fischer career grants. Live from the Rose Studio at Lincoln Center.

 


Program

BEETHOVEN Quartet No. 6 in B♭ Major; Op.18 No.6

BRAHMS String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op.111

BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 12 in E♭ major, Op. 127


Biographies

Jupiter String Quartet
Nelson Lee, violin
Megan Freivogel, violin
Liz Freivogel, viola
Daniel McDonough, cello

The Jupiter String Quartet, formed in 2001, 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, brother-in-law of Liz). As they enter their second decade of making music together, their tightly knit ensemble has firmly established itself as an important voice in the world of chamber music. In addition to their performing career, the Jupiters have joined the faculty of the University of Illinois as String Quartet-in-Residence. They also hold visiting faculty residencies at Oberlin Conservatory and Adelphi University, and have engaged in a multi-year residency at Atlanta’s beautiful Spivey Hall.

The Quartet concertizes 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, and Seoul’s Sejong Chamber Hall. They have also been enthusiastically received at several major music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival (where they performed their first complete Beethoven quartet cycle), the Caramoor International Music Festival, Music at Menlo, the Banff Centre, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Maverick Concerts, the Skaneateles Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, and the Seoul Spring Festival, among others.

In addition to its formal concert schedule, the Jupiter String Quartet places a strong emphasis on developing relationships withfuture classical music audiences through outreach work in the school systems and other educational performances. They believe that chamber music, because of the intensity of its interplay and communication, is one of the most effective ways of spreading an enthusiasm for “classical” music to new audiences.

Indeed, it was early exposure to chamber music that brought these four musicians to found the Jupiter String Quartet. Meg and Liz grew up playing string quartets with their two brothers, Ben and J. Rehearsals were often quite raucous, but they grew to love chamber music during weekly coachings with Oliver Edel, a wonderful cellist and teacher who taught generations of students in the Washington, D.C. area. Nelson also comes from a musical family–both of his parents are pianists (his father also conducts) and his twin sisters, Alicia and Andrea, play clarinet and cello. Although Daniel originally wanted to be a violinist, he ended up on the cello because the organizers of his first strings program declared that he had “better hands for the cello.” He remains skeptical of this comment (he was, after all, only five), but is happy that he ended up where he did.

The Jupiters have been fortunate to receive several chamber music honors over the course of their career. In 2008 they earned an Avery Fisher Career Grant and, in 2007, Chamber Music America awarded them the Cleveland Quartet Award. Before that, the Jupiters won first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition (where they 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 Two and, in 2009, they received a grant from the Fromm Foundation to commission a new quartet from Dan Visconti for a CMSLC performance at Alice Tully Hall.

The quartet has recorded works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Britten for Marquis records. American works by Barber, Seeger, and Gershwin were also recorded for iTunes in conjunction with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Deutsche Grammophon.

The Jupiters feel great indebtedness to the wise instruction of members of the Takacs and Cleveland Quartets, who guided them through the early years of their development as an ensemble. 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. The Jupiters reside in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

Kim Kashkashian, viola

Kim Kashkashian, internationally recognized as a unique voice on the viola, was born of Armenian parents in Michigan. She 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 Award in the "Best Classical Instrumental Solo" category for Kurtág and Ligeti: Music for Viola, on the ECM Records label. Kashkashian's recording, with Robert Levin, of the Brahms Sonatas won the Edison Prize in 1999. Her June 2000 recording of concertos by Bartók, Eötvös and Kurtág won the 2001 Cannes Classical Award for a premiere recording by soloist with orchestra.

Kashkashian has worked tirelessly to broaden the range of technique, advocacy, and repertoire for the viola. A staunch proponent of contemporary music, she has developed creative relationships with György Kurtág, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alfred Schnittke, Giya Kancheli, and Arvo Pärt, and commissioned works from Peter Eötvös, Ken Ueno, Thomas Larcher, Lera Auerbach, and Tigran Mansurian.

Marlboro and the Viennese school represented by her mentor, Felix Galimir, were major influences in developing her love of chamber music. Kim Kashkashian is a regular participant at the Verbier, Salzburg, Lockenhaus, Marlboro, and Ravinia festivals.

She has long-standing duo partnerships with pianist Robert Levin and percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, and played in a unique string quartet with Gidon Kremer, Daniel Phillips, and Yo-Yo Ma.

As a soloist, she has appeared with the great orchestras of Berlin, London, Vienna, Milan, New York, and Cleveland, and in recital at the Metropolitan Museum of New York, Kaufmann Hall, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, as well as in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Frankfurt, Berlin, Paris, Athens, and Tokyo.

Kashkashian's musicianship has been well represented on recordings through her association with the prestigious ECM label in a fruitful collaboration that has been continuous since 1985.

Kim Kashkashian has taught in Bloomington, Indiana, and in Freiburg and Berlin, Germany, and now resides with her daughter in Boston.

Kim is a founding member of Music for Food, an initiative by musicians to fight hunger in their home communities.


Artist Websites

http://www.jupiterquartet.com

http://necmusic.edu/faculty/kim-kashkashian?lid=2&sid=3


Press Quotes

“From beginning to end, they played as if they were on fire, with passion and energy galore. But what was most impressive was the vibrant approach they brought to the work. The music was always changing, with shifting dynamics, crisp articulations and exciting phrasing.” --Kansas City Star

“Every so often a performance leaves us in awe of its loving sophistication, its attention to the finest details of balance and expression. That’s how it was with the Jupiter String Quartet’s performance…"--Dallas Morning News

"Violist Kim Kashkashian has been an eloquent and impassioned champion of the music for her instruments for decades now. But this new solo CD - which got a well-deserved Grammy nomination this month – finds her at the peak of her expressive and technical powers, playing music for unaccompanied viola by two of the great contemporary masters, György Kurtág and György Ligeti. It’s a terrific pairing of two linked but complementary sensibilites, matching Kurtág’s terse, aphoristic style with Ligeti’s more expansive and playful creative personality. [...] Kashkashian’s superb performances revel in the elusiveness of both pieces, bringing dark timbre and rhythmic fluidity to both in equal measure."--Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle