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Vocal Chamber Music in Times of War and Peace
Sat April 11, 2015 @ 7:30 pm EDT$10 – $35
“In this time of international strife, I felt that the most appropriate centerpiece of this concert should be the gripping chamber work– Earl Kim’s Now and Then– written in response to his having flown as an American airman over Nagasaki right after the atomic bomb fell.
Mr. Kim waited quite a few years to let this work rise within him, bringing the texts of Samuel Beckett and William Butler Yeats to full haunting impact. Read the April 4, 2015 Boston Globe article “In a graceful song cycle, Kim distilled reaction to atomic war“.
Other works on the program by Ravel and Poulenc will complement and contrast with this work, utilizing the beautiful sonorities of the chamber ensemble and piano.”
– D’Anna Fortunato
Music for Peace presents Vocal Chamber Music in Times of War and Peace, a unique collection of pieces assembled especially for Peace Action by noted mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato.
D’Anna Fortunato, Mezzo-soprano, featured artist
Mana Tokuno, Piano
Ina Zdorovetchi, Harp
Linda Toote, Flute
Michelle La Course, Viola
The concert will include:
- Earl Kim, Now and Then in 5 Movements for Voice, Flute, Viola and Harp
- Mohammed Fairouz, Refugee Blues (Boston Premiere) for Voice and Piano
- Benjamin Britten, 4 Songs for Voice and Piano
- Reynaldo Hahn, Romanesque Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp
- Claude Debussy, 3 songs including the haunting Nous n’avons plus de Maison, for Voice and Piano
- Maurice Ravel, 5 Greek Folksongs for Voice and Harp
Benefits Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund; part of the Music for Peace Series. Tickets $25 in advance for Mass. Peace Action members, $35 for non-members, $10 for students and low incomes, $35 at the door. Series of 3 concerts: member $65, non-member $80, student $25. Supporters donate $250 and receive two tickets and priority seating.
Write check to “Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund” and mail to 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 or purchase online.
The audience is invited to join the musicians and Peace Action members at a reception after the concert.
D’Anna Fortunato, Mezzo-soprano
Grammy nominated (2007) Mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato is widely considered to be one of America’s premier concert/oratorio singers, while having established herself as a respected operatic artist as well. She has been a soloist with the Bach Aria Group member for 12 years and was the Mezzo-Soprano Annual Soloist with the American Schubert Institute from 1991-2005. She has appeared as a soloist in concerts with the New York Philharmonic, The Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the New Japan Philharmonic, Ottawa’s National Arts Center Orchestra, and the orchestras of Dallas, Houston, Minnesota, Cleveland, Rochester, and New Jersey. Heading her list of 40 CD’s are 8 premiere Handel Operas and Oratorios for Newport Classics, and Vox with a Grammy for Imeneo. Composers John Harbison, Stephen Jaffee, Stephen Albert, John Heiss and Roger Sessions among others, have chosen her to debut performances of their compositions. She was born in Pittsburgh, and studied primarily at the New England Conservatory of Music.
Mana Tokuno, Piano
Mana Tokuno has received wide-spread acclaim for her sensitive and insightful interpretations and her brilliant virtuosity. First Prize winner of the prestigious Competition Internationalé, she also received the Leo Sirota Award for Piano Solo Performance at the Corpus Christi International Competition as well as the Special Award for Schubert Interpretation at the International Competition Valsesia Musica in Varallo, Italy. Other prizes include the Dosei-Kai Prize for Distinction in Performance, and the Silver Medal in the Chubu Chopin Competition in Nagoya, Japan.
Ina Zdorovetchi, Harp
The principal harpist of the Boston Lyric Opera and Opera Boston, Ina Zdorovetchi is the founder and artistic director of the Boston Harp Festival and devotes much of her time to teaching at Boston Conservatory, Wellesley College and New England Conservatory. Hailed as one of the most acclaimed harp virtuosos of her generation, Ina Zdorovetchi has performed concerts in major music centers in Europe, North America and the Middle East. In addition to championing major traditional works she has continually treated her audiences to new and innovative repertoire, from solo to chamber music and orchestral works. She also uses her particular interest in new music to promote awareness about the harp’s wonderful potential as a solo instrument having inspired composers to write several works dedicated to her, such as “… bisbigliando…”, a Harp Concerto by Thomas Oboe Lee and the Double Concerto for Cello and Harp, after Kandinsky by Geoffrey Gordon.
As soloist she has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Jerusalem, Haifa, Brockton, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Moldova National Radio Orchestra, Moldova National Philharmonic, as well as the chamber orchestras of Seattle, Boston University, Bucharest University and the Republic of Moldova having been described as “The Harp Whisperer”, “hypnotizing”, “a local pride” and “an example of the American Dream”. She was featured in a recital at the 2011 World Harp Congress (Vancouver, Canada) and was one of the soloists in the Concerto Gala Concert at the 2010 American Harp Society National Conference, sharing the evening with legendary harpists Jana Bouskova and Alice Giles.
Linda Toote, Flute
Linda Toote is the Principal Flutist of the Boston Lyric Opera. She performs regularly with the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops and Esplanade Orchestras, having appeared as soloist with these groups on several occasions. She has held Principal Flute positions with the Tampa, Atlanta and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras, and the Santa Fe and Lake George Opera Orchestras. Ongoing invitations from the Baltimore, Detroit and St. Louis Symphonies have included recent recording and touring with these orchestras. She has appeared with the Boston Classical Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Boston, at the Ashmont Hill Chamber Series, and joined the Muir Quartet during a residency of the American composer, Joan Tower at Boston University.
Michelle LaCourse, Viola
Michelle LaCourse is Chair of Applied and Performance Studies, Chair of the String Department, and Associate Professor of Music at Boston University. She has appeared as soloist and chamber musician on four continents, including recent performances in Italy, Spain, Brazil, and South Korea. Her playing has been described by critics in such terms as “a miraculous blend of intense passion and artistic elegance” and “has a mastery of the instrument like a sixth sense, and with it reveals to us the most profound secrets.” An enthusiastic advocate for new viola repertoire, she has also commissioned and premiered several new pieces for the instrument. Her recent recording, “Chocolates: Music for Viola and Piano by James Grant” was released by MSR Classics (msrcd.com) in spring of 2009 to rave reviews.