A husband and wife, her sister and a friend. That would describe the Jupiter String Quartet, coming to the University at Buffalo to perform the last three concerts of this year’s Slee Beethoven Quartet Cycle.
Seven years ago, when the group visited Buffalo to play for the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, The News explored the relationships among the four, who have been together since the group was founded in Cleveland in 2001. Violinist Meg Freivogel and violist Liz Freivogel are sisters. Cellist Daniel McDonough is Meg Freivogel’s husband. The other violinist, Nelson Lee, had just become engaged to a musician not in the quartet.
“It’s a sort of blessing and a curse at the same time,” Lee told The News, describing the family affair. “It’s more of a blessing,” he added. “We’re all extremely close as friends. We trust each other a lot. When we’re on the road, we find time to go out.”
Good thing they get along, because the final three Slee Beethoven concerts amount to a kind of marathon. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, the Jupiter tackles the quartets Op. 95; Op. 18 No. 6; and Op. 132. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, it’s Op. 18 No. 5; and Op. 130. And at 3 p.m. Sunday, the series winds up with Op. 18 No. 4 and Opus 59. No. 2 – and, in between, Beethoven’s transcendent last quartet, Op. 135.
Tickets are $15; or $10 for seniors. For info, call 645-2921.