Live Concert / Russian Romantics

Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players

152 West 66 Street
New York, NY 10023

Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church

(212) 799-1259



$25.00, $17.00, $10.00 ♦ By Reservation Only

Event Dates

Nov 23, 2020


2:00pm & 7:30pm

Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players

Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
152 West 66 Street (west of Broadway)

Limited Seating

William Wolfram piano
Winner of the William Kapell, Naumburg, and Tchaikovsky competitions ~ “Wolfram’s technique is flabbergasting; fiendishly difficult octave passages were as child’s play, and his strength is tempered by an easy poetry.” The New York Times ~ “Wolfram is a dazzling performer.” Kalamazoo Gazette

Jennifer Frautschi violin
Two-time Grammy nominee and recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant ~ “stole the show with a commanding, incisive and absolutely riveting performance” The Washington Post

Natalie Loughran viola
A member of the Kila Quartet—a part of the Honors Program at Juilliard—and has performed extensively with the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland

Christine Lamprea cello
First Prize winner of the Sphinx and Schadt competitions, winner of the 2013 Astral Artists’ Auditions and recipient of an award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts ~ praised by the Boston Musical Intelligencer for her “supreme panache and charmingly effortless phrasing”

Yi Qun Xu cello
First prizes at the 2017 Eastern Connecticut and 7th Antonio Janigro Cello Competitions ~ praised by The Day for her “great poise and masterful technique” and her “amazing rich tone.”

Vadim Lando clarinet
Winner of the CMC Canada, Yale and Stonybrook competitions ~ “consistently distinguished...vibrant, precise, virtuosic playing” The New York Times

Note: William Wolfram replaces Elizaveta Kopelman and Jennifer Frautschi replaces Mikhail Kopelman for this concert

Ella ADAYEVSKAYA  Sonata Greca in C minor
  ~ in one glorious movement using quarter tones, for clarinet and piano

Adayevskaya (1846–1926) was born Elisabeth von Schultz in St. Petersburg, the daughter of Georg Julius von Schultz, a prominent Estophile of Baltic German heritage. Between 1862 and 1866 she attended the St. Petersburg Conservatory, where her teachers included Adolf von Henselt and Anton Rubinstein. She then toured as a concert pianist in Russia and Europe, and started composing about 1870, beginning with choruses for the Imperial Chapel Choir. Her operas include Neprigozhaya (The Homely Girl), Doch’ boyarina (The Boyar’s Daughter), and Zarya svobodi (The Dawn of Freedom), which she dedicated to Alexander II, but the censor rejected it because of a scene about a peasant uprising. Her interest in Slavonic folk songs, the music of ancient Greece, and the Greek Church inspired her to write Sonata Greca. In 1891 she moved to Venice, and in 1911, she again moved, this time to Germany with her friend Baroness von Loë. They became part of the artistic circle around the poet Carmen Sylva (the literary name of Elisabeth, Queen of Romania). Adayevskaya’s interest and research in folk music also deepened and she published widely, which earned her a place among the pioneers of modern ethnomusicology. She died in Bonn. Adayevskaya is her pseudonym, said to be based on the notes A, D, and A, played by the kettledrum in Mikhail Glinka’s opera Ruslan and Ludmila.

Alexander GEDIKE aka GOEDICKE  Piano Trio in G minor Op. 14
  ~ Romanticism in the German classical tradition, with noble and heartfelt melodies

Born into a family of musicians in Moscow, Gedike was first taught by his father Fyodor, an organist and pianist at the Bolshoi Theater. He then studied piano with Anatoly Galli, Pavel Pabst, and Vasily Safonov at the Moscow Conservatory, graduating in 1898. Although he had no formal training in composition, he benefited from the advice of Sergei Taneyev. In 1900 he won the Rubinstein Competition for Composition in Vienna. Tours as a concert pianist followed in Russia and abroad. In 1909 he was appointed professor of piano at the Moscow Conservatory, and from 1919 he taught classes in chamber music and organ. The New Grove Dictionary notes that “His music is notable for its use of polyphony; he was in fact regarded as the guardian of strict classical traditions in Russian music.” He also influenced an entire generation of organists in the Soviet Union. Gedike was Nikolai Medtner’s first cousin (his father Fyodor was the brother of Medtner’s mother).

Adrien François SERVAIS  Fantaisie sur deux Airs Russes Op. 13
  ~ conveys the spirit of the Russian melodies—Alexander Alyabyev’s The Nightingale and Alexander Varlamov’s The Red Sarafan—in the form of double variations

Composed during his first visit to Russia at the beginning of 1839, it was dedicated to the composer Count Mikhail Vielgorsky. Mikhail and his brother, cellist Matwey, were friends of Servais. Upon hearing the Fantasia, Prince Vladimir Odoevsky, a Russian philosopher and music critic, wrote that it was “unanimously admired by both connoisseurs and music lovers.” Alyabyev and Varlamov were two of the founders of Russian art song.

Servais (1807–1866) switched from the violin to the cello after hearing a performance by Nicolas-Joseph Platel. He promptly enrolled at the Brussels Conservatory as Platel’s pupil, won a first prize a year later, and from 1829 became Platel’s teaching assistant. His first major success, in Paris in 1834, was followed by concerts of the Philharmonic Society in London in 1835, a return to his native Belgium for further study, and several tours through Europe and Russia, when he often performed his own compositions. In 1848 he succeeded Platel at the Conservatory, and was also named first cellist of the Royal Chapel. Servais, described by Berlioz as “Paganinian,” was probably the finest cello virtuoso of his day. He was praised for his intense pure sound, flawless intonation, and acrobatic technique. His enormous Stradivari, later inherited by his son, is still known as the “Servais” cello.

Anton ARENSKY  String Quartet No. 2 in A minor Op. 35
  ~ shortly after the death of Tchaikovsky, his disciple Arensky wrote this wondrous elegy as a memorial, scored less commonly for violin, viola, and two cellos to create a dark, somber timbre—a muted psalm theme from ancient Russian church music is followed by a set of variations on a song by Tchaikovsky (“The Crown of Roses” from Sixteen Children’s Songs), and ends with a Finale that includes a fugue based on a medieval Russian anthem, Slava Bogu na nebe, Slava (“Glory to the Sun”)

A pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Arensky graduated with a gold medal, then became one of the youngest professors ever to teach at the Moscow Conservatory, where he was influenced by Tchaikovsky and Sergei Taneyev. Among his pupils were Rachmaninoff and Scriabin. He died at age 44 from tuberculosis, most likely exacerbated by his drinking.

Tickets: $25, $17, $10 ~ By Reservation Only
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 Required wearing of masks
 Limited seating spaced 6 feet apart
 Hand sanitizers
 Doors to open 20 minutes before the concert
 A short pause in place of an intermission
 No refreshments
 Request 6 feet distancing when entering and exiting
♦ Suggest minimal, quiet talking

♦ Windows and/or doors will be open

Please use the restrooms before or after the concert.
Thank you for accommodating the new format at this time.

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