Music for Peace 2023-2024 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

“Welcome to a new season of Music for Peace concerts! As we look to a new year of inspiration, light, and healing through music, I hope you will join me in welcoming new and returning artists for three wonderful concerts on Friday November 3, Saturday March 23, and Saturday May 11. Come listen to great music and meet our generous artists at the post-concert receptions.”

Music Director Carol Ou

Friday, NOVEMBER 3, 2023: Watercolors — Formosa Duo with Vanessa Holroyd

Formosa Duo, with pianist Chi-Chen Wu and cellist Sam Ou, will present “Watercolors,” a sensual French program with music by Saint-Saens, Gaubert, and Franck. Joining them will be flutist  Vanessa Holroyd.

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Saturday, MARCH 23, 2024: Trio Flamecrest with pianist Mia Chung

Violinists Jean Huang and Amy Galluzzo will join artistic directorCarol Ou as Trio Flamecrest.  They will present uplifting duo and trio music by Beethoven, Bacewicz, Schubert, Kodály and Leshnoff, as well as Brahms’ majestic Piano Quartet no. 2 in A major with pianist Mia Chung.

Since March is Women’s History Month, I would like to highlight Grazyna Bacewicz, one of the first Polish female composers to be internationally recognized. Her Suite for Two Violins was composed for clandestine underground concerts during the Polish occupation by the Nazis in 1943. This work, with just 2 violins performing, is an affirmation that, even with limited resources, music can lift the human spirit in the darkest of times.

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Saturday, MAY 11, 2024: Brahms Birthday Bash

I am thrilled to present Brahms Birthday Bash with our dear friend and former director of the Music for Peace concert series, Victor Rosenbaum. Victor will share three delightful Intermezzi by Brahms as well as Brahms’ heart-breaking Clarinet Trio. Joining Victor and Carol Ou on this concert will be clarinetist Marguerite Levin.

No birthday celebration for Brahms would be complete without Robert and Clara Schumann, who recognized young Brahms’ genius. Robert made young Johannes famous overnight by declaring him Beethoven’s true heir. Clara – virtuoso pianist, composer, wife, and muse of Robert Schumann became a love interest for Brahms for the rest of his life. Interspersed with Brahms’ works will be Robert’s Fantasy Pieces for clarinet and piano and Clara’s Romances for cello and piano. This will be an immersive evening of romantic music from this unique trio of friends.

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All concerts are at 7:30 pm at the Harvard-Epworth Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge.

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 of 3 concerts 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.

To 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 2023-24 Ticket Order Form.