screening of LIFE ON JUPITER: The Story of
Jens Nygaard was a great success! At 6:15 pm on April 9, 2001, the doors
of the Good Shepherd Church were opened to dozens of people pressing to
enter the church which had been turned into a large screen video theater
flanked with high-end stereo speakers. A standing room only crowd
gathered within a few minutes, and they were treated first to a piano
solo performance by Jung Lin who merited every moment of the
enthusiastic applause. Martin Spinelli then introduced the documentary
and Jens Nygaard, the great conductor and musician whose life is shown
in this program. LIFE ON JUPITER is also a musical journey that
highlights many performances by Jens and his Jupiter Symphony.
In the opening line of the documentary, Jens says, "I think if Zeus
came to life right now, this would be Beethoven. Big, and muscular and
crude. Uncivilized and wondrous and idealistic and with mud on his
boots." And Zeus responded on that premiere night by sending
thunder and lightning bolts just as Jens began rehearsing Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
The stained glass
windows of the church lit up with the brilliant flashes of light, and
the audience felt the full force of the Fifth as torrential rains and thunderclaps pounded just
At the end of the film, Jens performs his much-loved
George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," followed by the rousing
"High School Cadets March" by John Philip Sousa. The audience
stood up for the credits and did not stop clapping and stomping their
feet even after the last frame of credits faded to black.
DVD copies of the program are now available. To order copies, click on
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