Jupiter String Quartet Perform in Virtual Concert Presented by Bay Chamber Concerts

Mike Lawson • News • July 24, 2020

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The Jupiter String Quartet will give a virtual concert presented by Rockport, Maine’s Bay Chamber Concerts on August 6, 2020 at 7:30 p.m., recorded from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.The concert will be available for the public worldwide to watch at www.baychamberconcerts.org.

The Jupiter String Quartet is an intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (Meg’s older sister), and cellist Daniel McDonough (Meg’s husband, Liz’s brother-in-law).

On August 6, the Jupiter will give the world premiere of composer Michi Wiancko’s To Unpathed Waters, Uncharted Shores, a new commission for them by Bay Chamber Concerts with the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, alongside Beethoven’s monumental String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132. The new work was commissioned in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of Bay Chamber Concerts as well as Maine’s Bicentennial, and is paired with Beethoven’s music in honor of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Artistic director of Bay Chamber Concerts Manuel Bagorro said, “We are delighted to support the creation of a new work that provides a crucial space for hope and inspiration while acknowledging our shared fears for the planet. It is an absolute pleasure to work with Michi Wiancko, a composer I admire enormously, writing for the astonishingly gifted Jupiter String Quartet to create a unique addition to the string quartet repertoire. Given Beethoven’s love of nature and its inspirational impact on his music, the combination of a major work by Beethoven with Michi’s celebration of the natural world feels beautiful and right.”

Photo by Elle Logan.

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