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Music for Peace: Music of Schumann and Beethoven
October 17, 2015 @ 7:30 pm$10 – $35
Initiating our 2015-16 Music for Peace Concert Series, internationally renowned violinist James Buswell joins three Boston-based luminaries for Schumann’s romantic and nostalgic outpourings, as well as a trio by one of Schumann’s heroes.
Schumann Fantasy Pieces for Cello and Piano, Opus 73
Schumann Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano
Beethoven Trio in E flat major, Opus 70 No 2
Benefits Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund; part of the Music for Peace Series. Single concert: seats $25 in advance for Mass. Peace Action members, $35 for non-members, $10 for students, $35 at the door. Series of 3 concerts: member $65, non-member $80, student $25.
To reserve, write a check to “Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund” and mail to 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, or call 617-354-2169 with credit card number. Or reserve seats online for the single concert or purchase online for the entire series.
The audience is invited to join the musicians and Peace Action members at a reception after the concert.
Violinist James Buswell is one of the most versatile musicians of the 21st century. As a solo violinist, he has performed more than one hundred concerti with orchestras on five continents. In 2014 he expanded this list of solo repertoire with debut recordings of one Turkish and one American concerto from the 20th century for release on the Naxos label. He was a Grammy nominee for his recording of the Barber Violin Concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Distinguished conductors with whom he has collaborated include Leonard Bernstein, George Szell, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta, Andre Previn, Pierre Boulez, and Michael Tilson Thomas. Ever since appearing at the Spoleto Festival in Italy prior to enrolling in college, Buswell has also been an enthusiastic chamber musician. For more than a decade he was a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York.
Cellist Carol Ou has thrilled audiences on five continents with her fiery, impassioned, and insightful performances. As a soloist, her most memorable tours have been in Eastern Europe, Argentina, and Asia. As the cellist of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, she frequently performs a zesty mix of classical and contemporary quartets with crossover repertoire. Other collaborations have been with celebrated performers Hillary Hahn, James Buswell, Pascal Rogé, and Robert Levin at the Marlboro Music Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Nevada Chamber Music Festival, and other noted music festivals. Ou’s discography includes solo and chamber music CDs issued by Chi-Mei, Naxos, and Albany records.
Pianist Mana Tokuno has received wide-spread acclaim for her sensitive and insightful interpretations and her brilliant virtuosity. First Prize winner of the Competition Internationale, she also received prizes from Corpus Christi International Competition and International Competition Valsesia Musica among others. She has performed widely as soloist and chamber musician in the U.S., Europe, and her native Japan. She is on the faculty at New England Conservatory Preparatory School and Cremona International Music Academy.
Pianist Victor Rosenbaum, former chair of the New England Conservatory piano and chamber music departments for more than ten years, has performed widely as soloist and chamber player in the United States, Europe, Asia, Israel, and Russia, in such prestigious halls as Alice Tully Hall in New York and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has collaborated with such artists as Leonard Rose, Arnold Steinhardt, Robert Mann, and the Cleveland and Brentano String Quartets, among others. Festival appearances have included Tanglewood, Rockport, Yellow Barn, Kneisel Hall (Blue Hill), Kfar Blum and Tel Hai (Israel), Masters de Pontlevoy (France), the Heifetz Institute, and more. He has been a soloist with the Indianapolis and Atlanta symphonies and the Boston Pops. His highly praised recordings of Schubert and Beethoven are on Bridge Records and his recordings of Schubert and Mozart are on Fleur de Son. He serves on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music in New York, was Director and President of the Longy School of Music from 1985-2001, and is Music Director of the Music for Peace series.
(Cover image © Ofelia Cohen-Odiaga)