Music for Peace 2022-23 Concert Series

Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund announces the

Three evenings of chamber music to support our work for a more peaceful U.S. foreign policy
Carol Ou, Music Director

“I am thrilled to continue my friend Victor Rosenbaum’s tradition of presenting classical music performances for the benefit of peace. As much of the world is still struggling and hurting during these troubling times, I hope that the healing power of music can lift us all and enable us to become more compassionate listeners as we all work towards global peace.

“This year, I would like to celebrate the creativity and resilience of women all over the world by dedicating a part of each program to boundary-breaking female composers across the centuries.  By examining a few artistic voices of extraordinary women across the centuries, I hope you will come to appreciate the rich musical tapestry woven by them and their more familiar male relatives and friends.”  – Music Director Carol Ou

Carol Ou, Jean Huang, Amy Galluzzo and Mana Tokuno
Carol Ou, Jean Huang, Amy Galluzzo and Mana Tokuno

Saturday, DECEMBER 3, 2022: Trio L’Eveque with Mana Tokuno

We will begin the season with music by Brahms, Prokofiev, and a brief work by Gabriela Lena Frank, an American composer whose works draw on her multicultural background, particularly her mother’s Peruvian Chinese heritage. In 2020, Frank received the Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities for her work “weaving Latin American influences into classical constructs and breaking gender, disability and cultural barriers in classical music composition.”

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Meng-Chieu Liu, Nicholas Cords, and Sam Ou
Meng-Chieu Liu, Nicholas Cords, and Sam Ou

Saturday, FEBRUARY 18, 2023: Postcards from Paris

In February, we will enter the sophisticated and charming Parisian world of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Along with larger works by Ravel and Fauré, two short works by Lili and Nadia Boulanger will be showcased. The two Prix de Rome winning composer sisters had far-reaching influence on music of the 20th century.

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Lydian String Quartet photo by Christopher Huang
Lydian String Quartet

*** FRIDAY ***, MAY 19, 2023: Big Bad Dog!

In May, we will travel a little further back in time to the early 19th century. My friends in the Lydian String Quartet will join me in a string Sextet by Brahms and present a gorgeous full-scale work by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, the much-loved sister of Felix Mendelssohn. Because of the social conventions of her time, Fanny’s enormous talent was largely hidden from the public until the 1990s. Jumping ahead to present day, my friend Korine Fujiwara has just finished a new cello version for me of a fun and bluesy piece that she wrote for violin and piano a few years ago. You will not want to miss the premiere of this version of “Big Bad Dog!”

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All concerts are at 7:30 pm at the Harvard-Epworth Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge.   The December 3 and February 18 concerts are on Saturdays; NOTE: the May 19 concert is on a Friday.

Cost for the series of 3 concerts: $60 for Massachusetts Peace Action members, $85 for non-members, $25 for students. Purchase tickets for the series or join Massachusetts Peace Action now!

Cost for a single concert: $25 for members, $35 for non-members, $10 for students.

Tax-deductible donations to support our work for peace are welcome 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.

Music for Peace 2022-23To purchase tickets, mail a check to Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, or call 617-354-2169. Download and print the Music for Peace 2022-23 Tickets Order FormOr, to order online, click here for a series ticket, or order individual tickets for the Trio L’Eveque with Mana Tokuno, Postcards from Paris, or Big Bad Dog! concerts.