By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Jupiter String Quartet will perform in concert Friday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.
The quartet — Nelson Lee and Jay Freivogel, violins; Liz Freivogel, viola; and Denise Djokic, cello — will be joined by pianist Jon Nakamatsu in a program of music by Haydn, Bartók and Dvorák.
Acclaimed for their stunning virtuosity and musicianship around the world, both the Jupiter String Quartet and Nakamatsu each have performed previously on the Weis Center stage.
Formed in 2001, the Jupiter String Quartet has received several chamber music honors, including first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition, grand prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, membership in Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two, and Chamber Music America's Cleveland Quartet Award, as well as the 2005 Young Concert Artists International auditions. Most recently, the quartet received an Avery Fisher Career Grant.
The quartet concertizes across the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico and South America in such venues as New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Mexico City's Palacio de Bellas Artes, and Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center, Corcoran Gallery, and Library of Congress.
They have been enthusiastically received at several major music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, the Caramoor International Music Festival, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Honest Brook Festival, the Skaneateles Festival, and the Yellow Barn Music Festival.
Winner of the Gold Medal at the 1997 Van Cliburn International Competition, Nakamatsu is a highly sought-after recitalist, orchestral soloist and chamber musician who has performed throughout the United States and Europe.
Named Debut Artist of the Year in 1998 by NPR's "Performance Today", he has been profiled by "CBS Sunday Morning."
Nakamatsu played at the Weis Center in both 2002 and 2006 with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet and in 2010 with Philharmonia of the Nations.
The New York Times said of Nakamatsu, "This young American pianist has stunning technical control and can do anything at the piano he wants."
Tickets are $20; discounts for senior citizens and students are available. Tickets also may be purchased one hour prior to each performance.
Tickets can be charged at www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice or by calling 570-577-1000. Tickets also are available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in Lewisburg weekdays and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30 to 4 p.m.; and the CAPS Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The next performance in the Weis Center series is a concert with Tiempo Libre, a three-time Grammy-nominated Afro-Cuban band, on Feb. 3. The audience is invited to attend a reception with the musicians following the performance.
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