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Concert for Ukraine and Yemen: Piano Quintet
Fri May 20, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund presents a special crisis concert to benefit humanitarian relief for the victims of the wars in Ukraine and Yemen, featuring the “crown of Brahms’ chamber music”, his Piano Quintet in F minor.
Emil Altschuler, violin
Jean Huang, violin
Jounghoon Song, viola
Allison Eldredge, cello
Victor Rosenbaum, piano
Valentin Silvestrov, Ukraine’s leading living composer: Bagatelle
Ukrainian Song “My Beloved Kyiv” —transcribed for violin and piano
Victor Kosenko (late 19th century and 20th century Ukrainian composer), Sonata for Cello and Piano (II. Andante con moto)
Brahms, Piano Quintet in F minor
The concert will be performed live at Harvard-Epworth Methodist Church. Guests must be masked and show proof of vaccination.
Attendees are invited to a reception with the musicians and MAPA board members after the performance.
Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine is causing immense human suffering. NATO expansion led up to the situation. There is no military solution and we call for an immediate ceasefire and a negotiated settlement, not more weapons, troops, or sanctions. Read our statement on the Russia-Ukraine war. Our donations will support humanitarian relief for Ukrainian refugees.
The Saudi/UAE bombing war in Yemen, using US-supplied planes, bombs, and missiles, has gone on for seven years with over 377,000 war deaths and 10 million Yemenis facing starvation. Our donations will support the Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation, led by Dr. Aisha Jumaan. Watch our interview with Dr. Jumaan.
Tickets and contributions of over $25 per person are tax-deductible.
Reserve your tickets online, or write a check to “Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund”, with “Concert for Ukraine and Yemen” on the memo line, and mail to 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, or call 617-354-2169 with credit card number. Order tickets for both of our Ukraine-Yemen humanitarian aid concerts, May 20 and June 4, for 15% off.
Acclaimed violinist, Emil Altschuler, performs with incredible technique, magnificent expression and a profound artistry across a wide-ranging repertoire. The Boston Globe writes “top notch” of Altschuler’s performance. Mr. Altschuler maintains an active career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician. Most recently, he was invited by Max Hobart, conductor of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, to serve as concertmaster. Emil is founder and director of the Altschuler Summer Music Institute in Rimini, Italy. He was also invited to perform in the Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Italy. He also champions contemporary music by Elliott Carter, Karel Husa, Martin Boykan, and Eberhard Klemmstein, among others, and has collaborated on the Tufts Composers and Faculty concerts. This season, he will perform in the ASMI Chamber Ensemble with cellist and Avery Fisher Career Grant Recipient, Allison Eldredge, and pianist, Marvin Wolfthal. He has also collaborated with Belgian guitarist and string faculty at New England Conservatory, Jérôme Mouffe, in the AM Duo interpreting Spanish, Tango, and contemporary works alongside classical masterpieces.
Described as “a consummate artist,” Taiwanese violinist Jean Huang’s active performing career has brought her to concert halls internationally and throughout the United States. Dr. Huang holds Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral of Musical Arts degrees (BM 12′, MM 14′, DMA 19′) in Violin Performance with honors from the New England Conservatory.Dr. Huang is concertmaster of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, a member of the Phoenix Orchestra (Boston), and the newest first violinist of CØDA ensemble. Dr. Huang is recognized for her performances in which she combines virtuosic violin playing and commentary that audience members of all experience levels can understand.She has served as a teaching assistant at the Walnut Hill Summer Music Festival held by the Chinese Performing Arts Foundation since 2006, and worked at NEC as James Buswell’s teaching assistant and as teaching assistance in the music history and music theory departments. She serves as the violin faculty at the New England Conservatory School of Continuing Education and preparatory school.
Joung Hoon Song performs extensively as a violinist and violist throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He has been the featured soloist with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Ecuador National Symphony Orchestra and has performed in major concert venues including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Michael C. Paul Hall at Lincoln Center, and Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory. As an active conductor, He has lead the Colorado Mesa University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and New England Conservatory’s Preparatory Orchestras and in numerous music festivals. He currently performs on Vieuxtemps’ violin, a 1789 Lorenzo Storioni, and a 1695 Giovanni Baptista Grancino viola.
Cellist Allison Eldredge, a recipient of the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant and Musical America’s “Young Artist of the Year”, has played widely nationally and internationally, from London to Moscow to China and Berlin. She has been called “a cellist afraid of nothing” (Chicago Times) with “virtuosity wholly at the service of the music” (American Fanfare). She gained national attention when Daniel Barenboim invited her to give the first performance of the Elgar concerto which he conducted years after the death of his wife, the celebrated cellist Jacqueline Du Pre.Exceptional distinctions include a critically-acclaimed sold-out debut as soloist at Carnegie Hall with the Warsaw Sinfonia and legendary Polish Composer Krzysztof Penderecki at the baton, a command performance at the White House and a special performance in tribute to cellist Pablo Casals at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico.
Pianist Victor Rosenbaum has concertized widely as soloist and chamber music performer in the United States, Europe, Israel, Brazil, Russia, and Asia in such prestigious halls as Tully Hall in New York and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has collaborated with such artists as Leonard Rose, Paul Katz, Arnold Steinhardt, Robert Mann, Joseph Silverstein, James Buswell, Malcolm Lowe, and the Brentano, Borromeo, and Cleveland String Quartets. A musician of diverse talents, Rosenbaum is also a composer and has frequently conducted in the Boston area and beyond.
Rosenbaum, who studied with Elizabeth Brock and Martin Marks while growing up in Indianapolis, and went on to study with Rosina Lhevinne at the Aspen Festival and Leonard Shure (while earning degrees at Brandeis University and Princeton) has become a renowned teacher himself. A member of the faculty of New England Conservatory in Boston since 1967, he chaired its piano department for more than a decade, and was also Chair of Chamber Music. Also on the faculty of Mannes School of Music in New York from 2004-2017, he has been Visiting Professor of Piano at the Eastman School of Music, a guest teacher at Juilliard, and presents lectures, workshops, and master classes for teachers’ groups and schools both in the U. S. and abroad. Rosenbaum was also Director and President of the Longy School of Music from 1985-2001. His highly praised CD’s are on the Bridge and Fleur de Son labels. He is Music Director of the Music for Peace series.