Jupiter String Quartet, Pro Musica - concerts

Friday, Sunday, January 27, 29, 5pm
St. Paul's Church, Cardo 6
$300, #500, $750 tickets

Dear Music Lover,

We loved the Jupiter String Quartet in 2018, so Pro Musica is delighted to welcome them back to St. Paul’s Church on Friday, January 27 and Sunday, January 29, both at 5pm.

THESE CONCERTS ARE SPONSORED BY REALTY SAN MIGUEL AND WE ARE PARTICULARLY GRATEFUL TO BROKER PHILIP HARDCASTLE AND ASSOCIATE BRYAN TOWNSEND FOR THEIR SUPPORT BOTH FOR THESE CONCERTS AND IN THEIR EXTENSIVE ADVERTISING WITH US.

Dubbed by The New Yorker “an ensemble of eloquent intensity ... one of the mainstays of the American chamber-music scene,” the quartet is tightly knit. Violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (Meg’s older sister), and cellist Daniel McDonough (Meg’s husband) have been playing together for 20 years, and their musical voice reflects that cohesion. Additionally, Meg and Liz’s brother J. is the founding first violinist of the Jasper Quartet, which played for us in 2020. The Jupiter Quartet performs around the globe in major venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and London’s Wigmore Hall. They have played at such major music festivals as Aspen, the Banff Centre, and the Seoul Spring Festival. Winners of many international prizes and honors, they are also artists-in-residence and faculty at the University of Illinois.

On Friday we will hear three quartets. Mozart’s Quartet No. 23 in F Major, his last, is the third "Prussian Quartet" commissioned by and dedicated to the King of Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm II—a skilled cellist whose commission resulted in quartets with unusually prominent, challenging and beautiful cello parts. Next up is Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 3 in F Major, said to be one of his favorites and written after his Symphony No. 9 had been censured by the Soviet government. Undeterred, he composed six more symphonies—and 12 more string quartets.



After the intermission we hear Mendelssohn’s Quartet No. 6 in F minor, his last completed piece, written after his sister Fanny’s unexpected death from a stroke. They had been very close; and she also a genius, was his equal as a musician, composer, pianist, and conductor, and he dedicated it to her memory – and died six months after her.

On Sunday, January 29, at 5pm we start with an earlier quartet, by Haydn: the Quartet in D Major, one of his Six Quartets, Opus 20, that established the quartet as a musical form. The first half continues with Florence Price’s Three Movements from Five Folksongs in Counterpoint. Price was the first African-American woman composer performed by the Chicago Symphony. The folksongs include My Darling Clementine, Drink to Me only with Thine Eyes and Shortnin' Bread. Next, William Bolcom’s Rags for Quartet include Graceful Ghost Rag, in memory of his father, and Incineratorag, originally written for the piano.

First up in the second half is “Lyric,” the best-known section of George Walker’s Quartet No. 1, which won the Pulitzer Prize. The program ends with a second string quartet, Tchaikovsky’s Quartet No. 1 in D Major, whose slow movement is its best-known.

Tickets for the concerts at St. Paul’s are $300, $500 and $750 pesos donation each, and are on sale through our website, and at the concert 45 minutes before performance time.


Details of all Pro Musica’s concerts and Patron Membership are on our website www.promusicasma.org , or contact us at promusicasma@aol.com .

Michael Pearl
President, Pro Music

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