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Hartt Community Division Presents Jupiter String Quartet


Posted 07/24/2014
Submitted by Sheri Ziccardi
Category: Campus Announcements

Jupiter String Quartet. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.
Jupiter String Quartet. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.

The Hartt School Community Division (HCD), in conjunction with the David Einfeldt Chamber Music Seminar, will present the Jupiter String Quartet on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 6 p.m. in Millard Auditorium.

The celebrated Boston-based ensemble will present a program of Mozart, Bartok, and Dvorak string quartet music. This event is free and open to the public. Visit the HCD website or contact the HCD Office at 860.768.4451 for additional information.


About the Jupiter String Quartet

The Jupiter String Quartet was formed in 2001 and includes 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). Daniel, Nelson, and Meg met at the Cleveland Institute of Music. When they were searching for a violist, Meg suggested they might consider her sister Liz, who was at nearby Oberlin College. The quartet finished their schooling together at the New England Conservatory of Music, where they took part in the Professional String Quartet Training Program. They currently reside in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Jupiters have been fortunate to receive several recent chamber music honors, including first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition, grand prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, membership in Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two, and Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award, which “honors and promotes a rising young string quartet whose artistry demonstrates that it is in the process of establishing a major career.”  The quartet also won the 2005 Young Concert Artists International auditions and now holds YCA’s Helen F. Whitaker Chamber Music Chair. Most recently, they were honored to receive an Avery Fisher Career Grant.

The quartet concertizes across the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and South America. They have enjoyed playing in such venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Mexico City's Palacio de Bellas Artes, and Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center, Corcoran Gallery, and Library of Congress. Other recent concerts include debuts in Albuquerque, Austin, Birmingham, Boulder, Buffalo, Calgary, Chicago, Cincinnati, Davis, Dayton, Detroit, Edmonton, Jacksonville, Joplin, Palo Alto, Raleigh-Durham, San Antonio, San Diego, Tallahassee, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg, among others. They also have been received enthusiastically at several major music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, Caramoor International Music Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Honest Brook Festival, Skaneateles Festival, and Yellow Barn Music Festival.


About the David Einfeldt Chamber Music Seminar

The David Einfeldt Chamber Music Seminar (DECMS) is an intensive nine-day residential string training program for advanced high school students from across the country. Daily musical activities include individual practice and ensemble rehearsals, master classes, and orchestra experience, as well as coaching, discussions, and lectures by the nationally acclaimed Jupiter String Quartet. This seminar provides the space and resources needed for committed students to interact with like-minded musicians while developing their chamber music skills and honing their musicality.

Jupiter String Quartet. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.
Jupiter String Quartet. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.