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By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Jupiter String Quartet will close the Weis Center season with a concert on Friday, March 26, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.
"The Jupiter String Quartet is one of the best and most award-winning young string quartets in the country," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. "The program will include great quartets by Beethoven and Bartok. Guest pianist Ben Kim joins the ensemble to perform Schumann's 'Piano Quintet in E-flat, Opus 44."
Since its founding in 2001, the Jupiter String Quartet - violinists Nelson Lee and Megan Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel and cellist Daniel McDonough - has won numerous awards and prizes including several recent chamber music honors: 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.
The quartet also won the 2005 Young Concert Artists International auditions and holds YCA's Helen F. Whitaker Chamber Music Chair. Most recently, they were honored to receive an Avery Fisher Career Grant.
The quartet concertizes across the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico and South America. They have performed in New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Boston's Jordan Hall, Mexico City's Palacio de Bellas Artes, and Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center, Corcoran Gallery and Library of Congress.
They also have played 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, and the Skaneateles Festival. To hear music samples, visit www.jupiterquartet.com/clips.html.
Tickets for this Weis Center series performance are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at the Bucknell University Bookstore on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance tickets also are available: call 570-577-1000 or visit www.bucknell.edu/Boxoffice. The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour before performances.
This performance and associated residency activities within the Department of Music at Bucknell have been made possible with funding support from the Kushell Music Endowment of Bucknell University. Additionally, this concert is offered in memory of Ronald J. "Pete" Pedrick and is made possible in part by the endowment established in his name.
The 2009-10 season of Weis Center Events is generously supported by grants from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors, including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.
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