ROCKPORT — On Thursday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m., at the Rockport Opera House, and on Friday, July 12, at Union Hall in Rockport, Bay Chamber Concerts opens its 2019 Summer Concert Series with the Jupiter Quartet in a program entitled Imprimatur.
For Friday’s concert, The Sounds of Science, the quartet is joined by cellist Jeffrey Zeigler.
The Jupiter Quartet’s performance on Thursday includes Mozart’s inventive String Quartet in A Major, K. 464; Dvořák’s romantic masterpiece, the String Quartet No.13 in G major, Op.106; and Kati Agócs’ Imprimatur (2018).
Imprimatur was co-commissioned by the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Harvard Musical Association, and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in celebration of Jupiter’s 15th anniversary.
On Friday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m., at Union Hall, 24 Central St., Rockport, cellist Jeffery Zeigler presents new music by celebrated composers written for amplified cello and electronics.
Jeffrey Zeigler, long time member of Kronos Quartet, cellist for John Zorn, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, and many more, co-curated this program with composer-bandleader Graham Reynolds. Paired with scientists of their own choosing, all the composers commissioned created music inspired by and reflective of the scientist’s life and practice.
Golden Hornet’s The Sound of Science builds bridges between the musical and scientific worlds, celebrating their shared culture of inquiry.
Later that evening, at 8:30 p.m., also in Union Hall, the Jupiter String Quartet joined by Zielger, present A Cyclic Expedition, a program that begins nostalgically in the gaiety and bustle of Spain’s capital, recalling the sound of the city’s church bells, popular dances, and the blind beggars singing their viellas de rueda until the soldiers from the local garrison sound the midnight curfew with their Retreat.
Boccherini’s evocative piece is followed by two works that adopt cyclic form and thematic transformation in inventive ways.
The Jupiter Quartet is a particularly intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (Meg’s older sister), and cellist Daniel McDonough (Meg’s husband, Liz’s brother-in-law). 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.
For tickets or more information on Bay Chamber Concerts’ Summer Concert Series and Screen Door Festival, visit baychamberconcerts.org or call (207) 236-2823.
Bay Chamber has a rich history of presenting the best in performing arts in Midcoast Maine, according to Bay Chamber, in a news release. Founded in 1961 by brothers Andrew and Thomas Wolf, Bay Chamber Concerts features artists year-round.
The Summer Concert Series and Screen Door Summer Music Festival in July and August feature more than 30 events that redefine the standards for chamber music.
From September to June the Performing Arts Series features classical, jazz, world music and dance events in a variety of venues throughout the region.