The Jupiter String Quartet plays at Gordon College | News

WENHAM — The Jupiter String Quartet, quartet in residence at the University of Illinois, will perform a chamber music concert at Gordan College on Friday, April 1.

The Jupiter String Quartet is a family affair with violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel – Meg’s older sister – and cellist Daniel McDonough, young Freivogel’s husband. In 20 years together, the ensemble has established itself as an important voice in the world of chamber music.

The quartet will perform a program featuring the String Quartet in D major, Op. 20 No. 4, two selections from Five Folksongs in Counterpoint by Florence Price, In Memory by Joan Tower, Lyric by George Walker and String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80.

Haydn’s String Quartet in D major features an intelligent interplay of the ensemble’s four instruments, a characteristic of the composer considered the “grandfather” of string quartet writing. The Jupiter Quartet – named after the planet most prominent in the night sky when they joined forces with an astrological symbol that resembles the number four – will follow the Haydn with a performance of Price’s complex and rich renditions of folk tunes popular, where it also displays an ingenious intertwining of the four voices.

The program intensifies with the contemplation of tragedy and grief embodied in Tower’s In Memory, followed by the meditative ‘Lyric’ of George Walker’s First String Quartet. The program will be completed by Mendelssohn’s last String Quartet in F major – a dramatic piece written in memory of his beloved sister Fanny.

The Jupiter String Quartet’s latest album is a collaboration with the Jasper String Quartet and produced by Grammy-winning Judith Sherman.


Jupiter String Quartet

Friday, April 1 at 8 p.m.

Phillips Recital Hall, Gordon College

255 Grapevine Road, Wenham


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