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Internationally Renowned Jupiter String Quartet Debuts for Pro Musica

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By Mittie Roger

“String Quartets, like fine wine, get better with age; the Jupiters are a very fine vintage indeed,” the St Louis Post Dispatch said of the Jupiter String Quartet and its star-studded players—Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violins, Liz Freivogel, viola, and Daniel McDonough, cello.

Founded in 2002, the ensemble has a mission to widen the love of chamber music to audiences of all ages and nationalities through their deliberately accessible programming, exciting concerts, and intimate teaching.

San Miguel de Allende will host their Mexican debut concerts on February 16 and 17 at 4pm at St Paul’s Church on calle Cardo.

The Jupiter String Quartet is not only a group of gifted musicians but a tight-knit family unit. Violinist Meg Freivogel and her sister, violist Liz Freivogel, and her husband, cellist Daniel McDonough, join with Nelson Lee to make up the group. The Jupiters are the artists-in-residence at the University of Illinois, running its string chamber music program when they aren’t touring the US or abroad.

Outreach work is an important focus for them, as cultivating and connecting with the future audiences of classical music is part of their essence. Early exposure to chamber music brought these four passionate musicians together in the first place, and they want to return that gift to others.

On February 16, we will hear Schubert’s Quartet No. 15 in G major, Beethoven’s Quartet in A minor, and more. Schubert died at the tender age of 31 but was impressively prolific during those short years. Even when close to death, the powerful drama in his last works, like the Quartet No. 15, belie his poor health.

Sickness also struck Beethoven, and in the spring of 1825, his doctor ordered him to leave his city home and move to the fresh air of the famous Baden Baden spa area. The illness continued to frighten Beethoven, and he believed he might die. It was at this time that he wrote the A Minor Quartet—a work almost twice as long as his First Symphony—that documents a journey from darkness into light.

On Saturday, the concert celebrates the 175th anniversary of 1842, Schumann’s ‘chamber music year,’ and the centenary of the completion of Bartok’s Quartet No. 2, a work whose composition haunted him for two years. Dedicated to the Hungarian Quartet, the quartet artfully displays his extensive knowledge of that country’s folk music. Schuman lovers will celebrate this anniversary of his Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, which was dedicated to his friend Felix Mendelssohn. It was one of his very few string quartets; they were composed after studying quartets by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.

Tickets for the concerts at St Paul’s are 150, 300, and 400 pesos donation each and are on sale at Tesoros in the Biblioteca Pública, through our website with no booking fee, and at the concert 45 minutes before performance time.

Details of all Pro Musica’s concerts and patron membership are on our web site, promusicasma.org or contact us at promusicasma@aol.com.

 

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Pro Musica Concert Series presents

Jupiter String Quartet

Fri and Sat, Feb 16 and 17, 4pm

St Paul’s Church, Cardo 6

150, 300, 400 pesos

promusicasma.org

promusicasma@aol.com

 

 

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