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Regional Spotlight: Jasper String Quartet

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By Steve Staruch

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — All seems right with the world when listening to the Jasper String Quartet’s performance of one of the sunniest string quartets Haydn ever composed.

From an Oct. 12, 2013, Chamber Music Society of St Cloud recital, the Jasper String Quartet distills warmth and an all-encompassing brightness in the Op 76 No. 5 string quartet. This week’s Regional Spotlight is 18 minutes of bliss!


Published November 21, 2013
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Beinecke wraps up 50th fete with all kinds of music

New Haven Register
Register Staff

NEW HAVEN >> Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library winds down its 50th anniversary celebration this weekend with three unique musical events and a talk by the esteemed essayist, philosopher and novelist Umberto Eco. All are free.

That talk on the library as a model for culture, takes place today at 5 at Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St.The Jasper String Quartet and Yale School of Music student Ashley Smith will perform “La Prose du Transsiberien,” a 1913 Blaise Cendrars poem set to music by Yale School of Drama faculty member Matthew Suttor, narrated by SOD grad Max Gordon Moore and directed by SOD Yale Rep directing resident and adjunct professor Elizabeth Diamond. It’s at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Beinecke, 121 Wall St.

From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in the mezzanine, library visitors will hear the second event, “HxWxL,” a sound installation by Suttor curated from aural sources in the library, a kind of Beinecke soundscape.

The final concert, featuring Yale musicians, faculty and alumni performing works “drawn from and based on Beinecke collections,” is 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Sprague Memorial Hall, 470 College St. It’s free, but tickets are required, and may be picked up at the box office there 9 a.m.–5 p.m. today or two hours before the concert. More at 203-432-4158.

Published October 18, 2013
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Yale in New York presents Paul Hindemith: Master and Prankster

The critically-acclaimed Yale in New York series presents PAUL HINDEMITH: MASTER AND PRANKSTER on April 25 in New Haven and April 28 in New York. The program marks the 50th anniversary of the death of the prolific composer and former Yale professor.

The preview performance takes place Thursday, April 25 at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall.  The Yale in New York event takes place Sunday, April 28 at 7:30 pm in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.


Published April 10, 2013
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Jasper String Quartet returns to Yale for Dec. 11 concert with pianist Wei-Yi Yang

Program features music by Mendelssohn, Ligeti, and Schumann

The Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music presents the Jasper String Quartet on Tuesday, December 11 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. The program will feature string quartets by Mendelssohn and Ligeti, as well as Schumann’s majestic piano quintet with faculty pianist Wei-Yi Yang.

The concert opens with Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80. One of composer’s last major works, this piece was written in the shadow of the death of his sister, Fanny.

In Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 1, subtitled “Metamorphoses nocturnes,” variations of the opening motif progress throughout the piece while exploring different textures and tone colors.

After intermission, pianist Wei-Yi Yang will join the ensemble for Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44. The piece, which showcases both conversational passages among the five instruments as well as passages setting the piano against the strings, helped establish the piano quintet as a serious genre.

The Jasper String Quartet was the Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence at the Yale School of Music 2008–2010, studying with the Tokyo String Quartet. The members of the quartet are J Frevogel and Sae Chonabayashi, violins; Sam Quintal, viola; and Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello. MORE

Published December 10, 2012
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Tokyo String Quartet performs with Ettore Causa and Jasper Quartet Oct. 2

Program includes music by Webern, Mozart, Mendelssohn

The Yale School of Music presents a concert featuring the Tokyo String Quartet and friends on Tuesday, October 2, 2012.

The concert marks the opening not only of the 2012–2013 Oneppo Chamber Music Series but also the beginning of the Tokyo Quartet’s last season before retirement. The quartet, along with guest artists Ettore Causa (viola) and the Jasper String Quartet, will perform music of Webern, Mozart, and Mendelssohn.

The program opens with Anton Webern‘s Five Movements for string quartet, and two pieces for which the Quartet invited Yale friends and colleagues. Violist Ettore Causa, a member of the School of Music faculty, joins them in Mozart‘s Quintet in C major, K. 515.

Since 1976, the Tokyo String Quartet has been in residence at the Yale School of Music, coaching chamber music and mentoring young ensembles. One of those is the Jasper String Quartet, an “impressive young ensemble” (New York Times) that was the graduate quartet-in-residence at Yale 2008–2010. The Tokyo and Jasper Quartets will join forces to perform the Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20. MORE

Published September 13, 2012
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Jasper String Quartet receives Cleveland Quartet Award

Chamber Music America (CMA) announced today that the Jasper String Quartet has been selected to receive the Cleveland Quartet Award. The Jasper Quartet was the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music from 2008 to 2010.

Established in 1995, the biennial Cleveland Quartet Award honors and promotes a rising young string quartet whose artistry demonstrates that it is in the process of establishing a major career. “We are delighted that the Jasper String Quartet is being recognized for its exceptional artistic achievements, and pleased that the Cleveland Quartet Award will have a role in developing this young ensemble’s future career, ” said Margaret M. Lioi, Chamber Music America’s chief executive officer.

Originally formed at Oberlin Conservatory in 2003, the Jasper Quartet (J Freivogel and Sae Chonabayashi, violinists; Sam Quintal, violist; and Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cellist) began pursuing a professional career in 2006 as Rice University’s graduate quartet-in-residence. In 2008, the quartet continued its training with the Tokyo String Quartet as the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music.

After winning the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the 2008 Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the Jasper String Quartet went on to win the Grand Prize at the 2008 Coleman Competition, First Prize at Chamber Music Yellow Springs 2008, and the Silver Medal at the 2008 and 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions. It was the first ensemble to win the Yale School of Music’s Horatio Parker Memorial Prize (2009), selected by the faculty for “best fulfilling… lofty musical ideals.” MORE

Published October 31, 2011
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Jasper Quartet to appear at Caramoor

Yale’s 2008-10 Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence and Caramoor’s 2009-10 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence will perform on August 5

The Jasper Quartet in Sprage Hall

Caramoor International Music Festival’s chamber music programming for the 2010 summer season includes three renowned string quartets that will present a wide range of repertoire – from Haydn’s String Quartet No. 60 to the world premiere of a work by Annie Gosfield – during three Thursday night concerts in Caramoor’s Spanish Courtyard. Caramoor’s 2009-10 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence the Jasper String Quartet, will perform the world premiere of Annie Gosfield’s new string quartet commissioned by Caramoor for its String Quartet Library for the 21st Century; Vol XI at 7:30 pm on August 5. MORE

Published June 24, 2010
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Concert of chamber & solo music composed and coached by Krzysztof Penderecki

The Yale School of Music presents a special concert of solo and chamber music by the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki on Wednesday, April 28 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Penderecki, one of today’s most prolific and influential composers, will spend a week in residence at the Yale School of Music, where he was a member of the faculty from 1973 to 1979.

For this performance, he will coach selected faculty and graduate performers in solo and chamber works: the Cadenza for solo viola, with faculty artist Ettore Causa; Serenata for Three Cellos; Capriccio for Solo Tuba, with Jerome Stover; and the String Quartet No. 2, with the Jasper String Quartet. The Serenata will be performed by Arnold Choi, Ying Zhang, and Sunhee Jeon, all students of master cellist Aldo Parisot.

This performance will begin with an open conversation between Krzysztof Penderecki and Robert Blocker, dean of the Yale School of Music.


Published April 14, 2010
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Imani Winds performs with Jasper String Quartet

imani_vThe Grammy-nominated Imani Winds will join guest ensemble the Jasper String Quartet for a concert on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The renowned wind quintet will perform a colorful variety of music – Bozza’s Scherzo for Wind Quintet, Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet, and Villa-Lobos’s Woodwind Quintet. The Jasper Quartet, the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music, will play Haydn’s String Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 76 No. 1. The concert will culminate in a piece featuring all the performers: Sierra’s Concierto de Camara, a nonet for winds and strings. Along with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Imani Winds commissioned the Concierto de Camara from the Puerto Rican-born composer Roberto Sierra in 2008. At the work’s premiere, critic David Stabler of The Oregonian wrote: “Sierra’s exuberant nonet fairly danced off the stage… preserving the integrity of each ensemble while demanding intricate interplay among individual players. The cross-court volleys amid the rushing scales were exhilarating to behold.”

The name Imani, which means “faith” in Swahili, reflects the African-American and Latin American ancestry of the ensemble’s five members: Valerie Coleman, flute; Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe; Mariam Adam, clarinet; Jeff Scott, horn; and Monica Ellis, bassoon. The members of the Jasper Quartet, named for Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada, are J Freivogel and Sae Niwa, violin; Sam Quintal, viola; and Rachel Henderson, cello. MORE

Published October 28, 2009
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Jasper Quartet performs Haydn, Auerbach, and Smetana

jasper_v_emailThe up-and-coming Jasper String Quartet, rapidly becoming a favorite with audiences and critics alike, will offer a free recital on Monday, October 19 at 8 pm. The performance will feature the music of Haydn, Auerbach, and Smetana and will take place in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. The evening will open with Haydn’s Quartet in G major, Op. 76, No. 1 and will continue with Lera Auerbach’s third quartet, the Cetera desunt – Sonnet for String Quartet, in which the structure of a sonnet influences the internal rhymes of the music. Concluding the program is Smetana’s introspective, deeply personal String Quartet No. 1, “From My Life.” The Jasper Quartet is the Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence at the Yale School of Music, where they study with the Tokyo String Quartet. The members are J Freivogel and Sae Niwa, violin; Sam Quintal, viola; and Rachel Henderson, cello. MORE

Published October 6, 2009
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