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On Friday, January 25, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., the internationally-acclaimed Jupiter String Quartet makes its return to the Winter Chamber Music Festival presented by the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Northwestern University (50 Arts Cir Drive). The quartet will perform Mendelssohn’s darkly dramatic Quartet in A minor, Op. 13; Dutilleux’s nocturnal masterpiece, Ainsi La Nuit; and Beethoven’s wonderfully mystical Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131.
The Jupiter Quartet is a particularly intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (Meg’s sister), and cellist Daniel McDonough (Meg’s husband). Now enjoying their sixteenth year together, this tight-knit ensemble is firmly established as an important voice in the world of chamber music. In addition to their performing career, they have been artists-in-residence at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana since 2012, where they maintain private studios and direct the chamber music program.
The quartet has performed in some of the world’s finest halls, including New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, London’s Wigmore Hall and Boston’s Jordan Hall. Their major music festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival and School and Bowdoin Music Festival, among others.
Their chamber music honors and awards include the grand prizes in the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition; the Young Concert Artists International auditions in New York City; and the Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America.
The Jupiter String Quartet has presented the complete Bartok and Beethoven string quartets on numerous occasions. Also strongly committed to new music, they have commissioned works by Syd Hodkinson, Hannah Lash, Dan Visconti, Mark Adamo, Pierre Jalbert, and Kati Agócs.Featuring renowned guest artists and distinguished Bienen School faculty, the Winter Chamber Music Festival runs January 11-27, 2019. This year’s series features the festival debuts of the Gryphon Trio and Catalyst Quartet. Other guest artists include Grammy Award-winning violinist James Ehnes and the Bienen School Quartet-in-Residence the Dover Quartet.
Members of the acclaimed Jupiter String Quartet (photo courtesy of Northwester University's Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music ).
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