Old First Concerts
SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2013 AT 4:00PM

Jupiter Chamber Players
 
Victor Romasevich, violin; Michael Jones, violin; Stephen Levintow, viola; Paul Rhodes, 'cello
 
Purcell Chacony in G minor
Arshak Andriasov Piece for String Quartet, Op. 7
Iosif Andriasov Spring, Op. 32 for String Quartet
Stephanie Webster El Ultimo Suspiro
Dmitri Shostakovich Two Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 36
Puccini Crisantemi, Elegy for String Quartet
Gershwin Lullaby for String Quartet
Schubert Quartett-Satz in C minor, D. 703
Beethoven Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major, Op. 74

In 1997, two veteran freelancers, violinist Michael Jones and Juilliard-trained violist Steve Levintow, recruited BBC Orchestra violinist Andrew Davies and 'cellist Paul Hale of the Oakland Symphony to found the Jupiter Quartet which later became the Jupiter Chamber Players. The quartet had the good fortune to connect with Marvin Sanders, director of Live Oak Concerts at the Berkeley Art Center, just as the Center's previous ensemble-in-residence, the Cypress Quartet, left to launch their international career. The Art Center remained the Quartet's "home" venue for 10 years. Paul Rhodes replaced Hale in 2000, bringing his years of experience in numerous orchestras and as soloist with the Carmel Bach Festival. Two years later, Davies left to pursue other projects, and San Francisco Symphony member Victor Romasevich took over as first violinist. Romasevich brought deep fascination with Russian chamber music, including masterworks by such composers as Sergei Taneyev, Georgy Catoire, and Iosif Andriasov (with whom Romasevich studied violin and viola)—all links in a tradition going back to Tchaikovsky through Moscow Conservatory. The Jupiter Chamber Players take pleasure in introducing wider audiences to the work of these composers, while continuing to present more familiar Russian and European repertoire. Their program will include string quartet miniatures spanning five centuries of music (XVII–XXI) from Purcell to Andriasov, and Beethoven’s Op. 74 string quartet.

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