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Music for Peace: Schubert Birthday Concert

January 27, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

$10 – $35

Junko Watanabe, soprano
Klaudia Szlachta, violin
Nathaniel Farny, viola
Hyun-ji Kwon, cello
Bebu Shiu, bass
Victor Rosenbaum, piano
Yoshiko Kline, piano

Schubert, Piano Quintet in A major (“Trout”), D. 667
Schubert, Rondo Brilliante in b minor for Violin and Piano, D. 895

and selected Schubert songs

The second concert in our 2017- 2018 Music for Peace series, we present an All-Schubert Concert.   The music director for the series, Victor Rosenbaum, pianist and noted Schubert interpreter, has gathered a group of distinguished musicians to perform a program of music of Franz Schubert, very close to the 221st anniversary of the composer’s birth.

The featured work, the beloved “Trout” Quintet, will be preceded by some of Schubert’s most cherished songs (including the one that inspired the quintet) performed by the Marlboro Music Festival veteran, soprano Junko Watanabe with Victor Rosenbaum. The brilliant and virtuosic violin and piano duo, the Rondo in b minor (D. 895), will be performed by the Polish-born Boston University faculty member Klaudia Szlachta and pianist Yoshiko Kline.  Joining Rosenbaum and Szlachta for the “Trout” Quintet (D. 667) will be violist Nathaniel Farny, cellist Hyun-Ji Kwon and double bass player Bebu Shiu. 

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.

Donations to support our work for peace are needed in any amount.  Supporters donate $250 or more to Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund; they receive two tickets with preferred seating in the first 3 rows to each concert and recognition in the programs. Sponsors donate $500 and receive four tickets; Benefactors donate $1,000 and receive eight tickets.

The audience is invited to join the musicians and Peace Action members at a reception after the concert.

Pianist Victor Rosenbaum, a faculty member at New England Conservatory and Mannes School of Music, was chair of the NEC piano and chamber music departments for more than ten years. He has performed widely as soloist and with chamber ensembles in the United States, Europe, Asia, Israel, and Russia and in such prestigious halls as Alice Tully Hall in New York and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. His collaborations include those with Indianapolis and Atlanta symphonies and the Boston Pops Orchestra. Also an accomplished composer and conductor, Victor gives masterclasses and lectures on pedagogy issues and interpretive analysis worldwide. He was Director and President of the Longy School of Music from 1985 to 2001 and is Music Director of the Music for Peace series.

Soprano Junko Watanabe has performed widely in operas, oratorios, and recitals in the U.S. and in her native Japan.  Her performances have been acclaimed for her “sweet, liquid tones” (Opera News), “ravishing soprano line” and a “tone that was steady, pure, and colorful all the way up into the empyrean above the staff” (Boston Globe). She has been featured as a soloist with the Boston Lyric Opera, Chorus pro Musica, Masterworks Chorale, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New England Bach Festival.  Ms. Watanabe also participated in the Marlboro Music Festival where she performed with Ken Noda, Martin Isepp, and Richard Goode. Currently, she is on the faculty of Amherst College, Brattleboro Music Center, and Rivers School Conservatory.

Klaudia SzlachtaKlaudia Szlachta is an award-winning violinist who has both performed and taught internationally. A Polish national, Ms. Szlachta was a scholarship recipient, earning her Bachelor of Music degree from Boston Conservatory, summa cum laude, with Professor Magdalena Suchecka Richter as her teacher. Her Masters and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees were achieved at Boston University under the tutelage of Professor Yuri Mazurkevich. While there, she won both the Bach prize and the Concerto Competition, playing the Szymanowski Violin Concerto under the baton of David Hoose. Upon graduation, Ms. Szlachta was invited by the Institute and Festival of Contemporary Performance in New York to perform Luciano Berio’s Sequenza and Elliott Carter’s Triple Duo. Recently, she returned to New York to give the World Premiere of “Six Miniatures”, composed for her by Thomas Weaver. Ms. Szlachta also recently recorded music for a film entered in the Irish Film Institute’s Movie Festival, appeared in the prestigious Convergence Ensemble Chamber concert series, and showcased a new composition by Ketty Nez at the Festival of New Music in Florida. She has also had the privilege to collaborate on stage with Menahem Pressler and Joseph Silverstein, as well as tour the east coast as a member of the Amabile Trio and Hubbard Quartet. Locally, she performs on regular basis with the Cantata Singers and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Currently, Ms. Szlachta is on the faculty of the School of Music at Boston University, the New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School, the Intensive Community Program and BUTI’s summer program at Tanglewood. She is also the Director of the Violin Workshop at Tanglewood.

Nathaniel FarnyNathaniel Farny, violinist and violist, is an active performer in many New England area groups, as well as a dedicated educator. His early education included five years in the NEC Preparatory School, and he later returned to NEC for a graduate diploma in violin performance. He performs frequently with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, Modern Orchestra Project, and Odyssey Opera. Nathaniel is a music faculty member at the Cambridge School of Weston and the Cambridge Public Schools.

Hyun-Ji KwonHyun-Ji Kwon has participated in numerous music festivals and concerts in both Korea and North America. She serves on the faculty of Boston University’s summer Tanglewood Institute and joined the BU School of Music cello faculty in 2015.  She earned her Bachelor of Music degree at Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, Korea; a Master of Music degree in Cello Performance as well as a Graduate Diploma at New England Conservatory, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Cello Performance at Boston University’s School of Music.  She last performed for Music for Peace in March 2017.

Bebu ShiuBebu Shiu has recently earned his doctoral degree to become the first and the only DMA Double Bass graduate under Edwin Barker at Boston University. He won first place in the 2010 Bass Coalition Solo Competition in Winchester, Virginia and was the String Division winner in the 2006 Entergy Young Texas Artists Competition in Conroe, Texas.  He maintains his tenured member status with the Austin Symphony Orchestra while freelancing and teaching in Boston. Bebu has performed with the New World Symphony and Boston Symphony Orchestra and performs with the Boston Ballet, Emmanuel Music, Boston Cecelia, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Monadnock Music Festival. Dr. Shiu currently serves as the director of String Ensemble and lecturer of Double Bass at Bridgewater State University.


January 27, 2018
7:30 pm
$10 – $35
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Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund


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