For those uninitiated to the beauty of an accomplished string quartet, we offer this excerpt from a Jupiter review by a newcomer in The Other Paper of Columbus, Ohio: “It was passionate from the first note on. And it wasn’t an ordinary, fake, Dave Matthews-style, emo-weenie passion, but a mind-body-wooden-instrument-and-horse-hair passion the likes of which you don’t see in most groups.”
He describes Jupiter’s rendition of Beethoven, “Following his score, the musicians went at it like Teutonics battling the Romans in the wild woods of Bavaria. … Four stringed instruments did all that, and it was one of the greatest things I’ve ever heard or seen. You’ve simply got to see a string quartet before you die.”
And, if you’re wondering which one, follow the advice of composer and Bartók pianist Paul Schoenfield, who says, “You’re never going to hear a string quartet any better.”
Jorgensen was named Best College/University Performing Arts Center in the Hartford Advocate Best of Hartford Readers’ Poll for 2012 and the “Best Cabaret” designation in Connecticut Magazine’s “Best of Connecticut” 2011 and 2012 issues.
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2132 Hillside Road on the UConn campus in Storrs. Tickets are priced at $36 and $34, with some discounts available. For tickets and information, call the Box Office 10 am –5 pm, Monday through Friday at 860.486.4226, or go to jorgensen.uconn.edu. Free, convenient parking is available across the street in the North Garage.
Photo Credit: Merri Cyr.