A New World of Music: Jupiter String Quartet

By: Stephany Valdez

Jupiter Spring Quartet is a group of four who play chamber music, and
Chungliang Al Huang is a Tai Ji master and choreographer.

Audience waiting in the lobby before the performance

On February 7, 2019 I had the opportunity to attend my first classical musical performance at the Krannert Center. Growing up, I listened to a plethora of music; however, classical music is a particular genre that I tended to avoid. It was a type of music that never caught my attention because it did not reflect myself as an individual.

Picture of my ticket and brochure near the stage

As I was waiting for Jupiter Spring Quartet to perform, I was not sure what to expect. I was unfamiliar with these types of performances and music, so I came in with an open mind and hoped for the best.

Throughout the performance, I was fascinated with both the visual and acoustic elements. Seeing Chungliang Al Huang incorporate Tai Ji with the music flowed nicely together! My favorite part of the performance was when the members of Jupiter Spring Quartet joined the dancers. This was interesting to me because before a member began to dance, they put their instruments down. When there was only one individual left playing the violin, it showed that all four members were part of something special and needed each other to play their instrument in order to produce the music they did that night.

Jupiter Spring Quartet,
Chungliang Al Huang, and dancers after the performance.

Overall, this performance was well put together! It kept the audience interested, and it was an experience I am glad I was able to be apart of. I appreciated the structure of this performance and do not feel like anything had to be changed! I highly recommend seeing Jupiter Spring Quartet (yes, even those who don’t like classical music) because it was truly an amazing experience!

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