Lovejoy, Union Grove, and Whitewater High School Orchestras to Benefit from the Jupiter String Quartet
Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall welcomes the Jupiter String Quartet for its Atlanta debut in a pair of Young People’s Concerts on Wednesday, Jan. 13, heralding the beginning of a multi-year relationship that will involve the four musicians in a wide variety of performance, teaching, community outreach, and audience development activities collectively named “Project Jupiter.”
Primary objectives of Project Jupiter include providing greater access to outstanding string chamber music in Spivey Hall’s immediate community, supporting musical achievement by high-school chamber orchestra programs in Clayton, Henry and Fayette counties, and developing greater audiences for string chamber music in the Southern Crescent.
Project Jupiter calls for a minimum of two full weeks from the Boston-based musicians each season, with the first week confirmed for November 2010 to coincide with Spivey Hall’s annual Chamber Orchestra Workshop. In each Project Jupiter week, the musicians will visit three high schools in south suburban Atlanta to coach and assist students in their chamber orchestra programs. The three partner schools and their ensemble conductors are: Lovejoy High School, Stephen Lawrence; Union Grove High School, Richard Bell; and Whitewater High School, Darilyn Esterline.
“We are delighted that the extraordinary Jupiter String Quartet is joining forces with Spivey Hall and our partner high schools to enrich the musical skills and experiences of young string players,” states Spivey Hall Executive & Artistic Director Samuel C. Dixon, who traveled to Seattle in February 2009 to hear the Quartet perform and explore ideas with the musicians of how the multi-week, multi-year residency could be successfully realized. “Spivey Hall has a stellar history of presenting the world’s greatest string quartets in concert.
“Project Jupiter adds an important new dimension to this tradition, representing an artistic investment in music education for young people in Spivey Hall’s immediate community. With the multi-talented Jupiter String Quartet as Spivey Hall’s chamber-music ambassadors actively engaging our community several times a year over the course of three years, I believe we can make meaningful progress in achieving Project Jupiter’s interrelated objectives of increasing access to fine music though education, outreach, and performance.”
A $9000 grant awarded to Clayton State University in December 2009 from the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Access to Artistic Excellence” program provides Spivey Hall essential resources to launch the first year of the anticipated three-year Project Jupiter, which will also be funded by Clayton State University, the Walter & Emilie Spivey Foundation, and the Friends of Spivey Hall. Additional support will be sought to continue, extend and enrich the program.
Project Jupiter, a natural extension of Spivey Hall’s far-reaching Education Program, was developed in consultation with the musicians of Jupiter String Quartet, and with the Spivey Hall Education Committee, an advisory group of metro-Atlanta music educators, administrators, and community representatives, chaired by noted music educator Jay Wucher since the Committee’s inception in 1993, that identifies ways for Spivey Hall to respond to music education needs in its region. Spivey Hall’s Education Program includes the renowned Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Program, popular Young People’s Concerts, choral, chamber orchestra and jazz-band workshops, master classes by distinguished guest artists, and professional development opportunities for teachers, all of which serve more than 18,000 individuals annually, produced by Spivey Hall Education Manager Catherine Striplin in collaboration with the Spivey Hall Education Committee, working closely with schools and educators throughout Atlanta and beyond.
The Jupiter Quartet will also take part in other Spivey Hall Education Program activities such as Young People’s Concerts, master classes, and pre-concert talks, and will also perform in non-traditional spaces, such as area hospitals and assisted living centers. Each residency week will culminate with a full concert program given in the Spivey Series, to which the Project Jupiter string students of the three partner schools, and their families, will receive complimentary tickets. The concerts will also be recorded for regional and national broadcast on public radio.
The announcement of Project Jupiter coincides with the Jupiter Quartet’s two sold-out Young People’s concerts for middle- and high-school students at Spivey Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Additional details of the residency will be made available when Spivey Hall’s 2010/2011 season of performances is announced in March, and with the publication of the 2010/2011 Spivey Hall Education Program this summer.