Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival Presents Two Performances of Jupiter and One Jon

Chatham and Cotuit concerts feature Co-Artistic Director Jon Nakamatsu performing with Jupiter String Quartet

Jupiter String Quartet,
image courtesy of the ensemble – Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF) celebrating its 40th anniversary season as Cape Cod’s premiere presenter of summer chamber music, presents two performances of its concert Jupiter and One Jon on Monday, August 5, 7:30 pm at First Congregational Church: 650 Main Street, Chatham; and on Tuesday, August 6, at Cotuit Center for the Arts: 4404 Falmouth Road (Route 28), Cotuit. 

The 40th season’s second concert Jupiter and One Jon features The Jupiter String Quartet performing works by Mendelssohn and Shostakovich. A highlight of the evening is the closing piece, when the four artists become five performing Robert Schumann’s “Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Strings” featuring CCCMF Co-Artistic Director and pianist Jon Nakamatsu.  The work, with its own unique history, is a composition that established music for piano and string quartet as a significant, chamber music genre.  Prior to this the Quintet had a role occupied by the double bass in place of a second violin.  Composed in 1842, the Quintet inspired other writers of that period to invest in duplicating the concept.  Dedicated to his wife Clara, Schumann’s beloved spouse and pianist, the work premiered without her appearance due to illness.  Their peer, Felix Mendelssohn himself served as her replacement, making an impressive debut, while opening the door for suggested alterations to the piano part, which Schumann later incorporated.

Jupiter String Quartet,
image courtesy of the ensemble

Known for its “Positively celestial playing” by The Washington Post, Jupiter String Quartet features 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. The quartet has performed in some of the world’s finest halls and  major music festivals. 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; the Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America; an Avery Fisher Career Grant; and a grant from the Fromm Foundation. They have served as 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 ensemble’s music can be heard in numerous recordings, with a next release of contemporary works with Australian pianist Bernadette Harvey to be released in 2019.

Jon Nakamatsu by Christian Steiner

American pianist Jon Nakamatsu continues to draw unanimous praise as a true aristocrat of the keyboard, whose playing combines elegance, clarity, and electrifying power. A native of California, Mr. Nakamatsu came to international attention in 1997 when he was named Gold Medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the only American to have achieved this distinction since 1981. Mr. Nakamatsu has performed widely in North and South America, Europe, and the Far East, collaborating with such conductors as James Conlon, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Osmo Vänskä and Hans Vonk. He also performed at a White House concert hosted by President and Mrs. Clinton.

Program:  Jupiter String Quartet

Nelson Lee, violin; Megan Freivogel, violin; Liz Freivogel viola, Daniel McDonough, cello

CCCMF Co-Artistic Director Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Mendelssohn:  String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Opus 13

Shostakovitch:  String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Opus 122

Schumann:  Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano, and Strings, Opus 44

Ticket orders received on or after July 1: $40 general admission; $15 for college students (with ID); FREE for attendees 18 and under. General admission to three or more concerts: $38 per ticket. Emerson String Quartet concert: $57 ($55 when purchased as part of the three-concert package).

Festival seating is limited to venue capacity, advance purchase is recommended.  Tickets purchased online can be printed at home or picked up at will call at the performances.  Tickets may also be purchased by calling or visiting the box office at 508-247-9400 or at 3 Main Street, Unit 6, North Eastham.  Box office hours are 10 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday.  Phone orders are available until 12 noon on the day of each concert.

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About the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

Hailed by The New York Times as “A Triumph of Quality,” the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF) has been a year-round presenter of chamber music and a major contributor to the cultural life of Cape Cod since its inception in 1979. Founded as the Cape & Islands Chamber Music Festival by the late collaborative pianist Samuel Sanders, the Festival continues his legacy. Now entering its 40th season, CCCMF presents four weeks of intensive chamber music programming in a variety of Cape locations in August. Throughout the rest of the year, CCCMF presents autumn and spring concerts, a community outreach program, and benefit concerts in New York and on Cape Cod. Hoping to ignite the interest of a younger audience, CCCMF welcomes all youth up to age 18 to attend any regular concert free of charge. The Festival is also host to a Composer-in-Residence program, and features composers with Cape Cod connections. CCCMF is a private, non-profit organization supported by a volunteer Board of Directors with financial support from individuals, corporations, and foundations both local and nationwide. For more information about CCCMF’s programs, schedule or tickets, visit, call 508-247-9400 or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Twitter.