Music for Peace: Trio L’Eveque with Mana Tokuno
Sat December 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Music for Peace is Back for the 2022-23 season, under the direction of Carol Ou!
In the opening concert of this year’s series, artistic director Carol Ou inaugurates her exciting virtuoso ensemble, Trio L’Eveque, with violinist Jean Huang and violinist / violist Amy Galluzzo. Joining them for the flamboyant “gypsy” piano quartet by Brahms will be the brilliant pianist, Mana Tokuno. Come for an evening of music by Prokofiev, Frank, Dohnanyi, and Brahms.
Prokofiev: Sonata for Two Violins, op 56
Frank: Zapatos de Chincha for Violin and Cello
Dohnanyi: Serenade for String Trio, op. 10
Brahms: Piano Quartet in g minor, op. 25
Trio L’Eveque is a virtuoso string ensemble founded by three close friends in 2022. Cellist Carol Ou, violinist Jean Huang, and violinist / violist Amy Galluzzo, all of whom have performed for Music for Peace, met in the studio of legendary violinist and teacher James Buswell, whose inimitable ideas and sounds from his L’Eveque Strad continue to live in the minds of generations of musicians.
The trio performs all combinations of music for violin, viola, and cello from the last five centuries. In concert, the group creates tangible connections for audiences with composers and performers through creative programming, insightful commentary, and exuberant performances.
Benefits Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund. $25 for Mass. Peace Action members, $35 for non-members, $75 or more for supporters, $5 for students and low incomes.
To reserve, write a check to “Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund” or “MAPA EF” and mail to 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, or call 617-354-2169 with credit card number. Or reserve your tickets online.
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 a series of 3.
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. All contributions above $35 per concert are tax-deductible.
The audience is invited to join the musicians and Peace Action members at a reception after the concert. The venue is wheelchair accessible via a ramp to the left of the church.
• We recommend that all those attending in person be vaccinated and wear a mask.
• We recommend getting the bivalent boosters, remembering these take about 2 weeks to take full effect.
• We recommend people test themselves before coming to the conference.
Mana Tokuno – Piano
Pianist Mana Tokuno has received wide-spread acclaim for her sensitive and insightful interpretations and her brilliant virtuosity. Known for her ability to bring a vast array of styles to life, Mana has appeared at many venues in her native Japan and in numerous recitals, chamber concerts, and concerto performances in the United States such as New York’s Carnegie Hall and CAMI Hall and Boston’s Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall, as well as solo performances in Romania, Italy, France, Germany, and Austria.
Mana’s principal teachers were Midori Tanabe at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where she was an honors graduate, and Victor Rosenbaum at the New England Conservatory in Boston where she received the Master of Music degree. She also holds Graduate Diploma in Collaborative Piano at NEC. Other teachers who influenced her were Daniel Barenboim and Leon Fleisher with whom she studied at Professional Training Workshops at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Institute.
Now a highly regarded teacher herself, Mana was formerly on the faculty of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. She is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and Continuing Educations in Boston and Cremona International Music Academy in Cremona, Italy. In January 2021, she launched Not-an-Ordinary Theory Class, an online music theory class for students of all levels and instruments.
Her solo CD “Beethoven Sonatas & Bagatelles” was released on GiNOTE RECORDS® in October, 2009 and is available worldwide at iTunes, Amazon.com, and CD Baby.
Carol Ou – Cello
The Music for Peace Concert Series’ new artistic director Carol Ou is known for her “fiery, marvelous” and “meltingly melodic outpourings.” (Boston Globe) As a concert cellist, Carol enjoys a dynamic career as a chamber musician, soloist, recording artist, and teacher.
Born in Taiwan, Carol was immersed solely in the sounds of western classical music until the age of 14 when she met Taiwanese composer, Hsiao Tyzen. Hsiao invited her to tour with him across the US and Singapore, playing European cello masterworks alongside Taiwanese folk music. This exposure to the sounds of her homeland led to a lifelong fascination with languages and folk traditions across the world.
Recognized as an extraordinary artist by the Chi-Mei Arts Foundation in Taiwan, Carol inaugurated and popularized their record label with her concerto recordings of Elgar, Haydn, and Tchaikovsky while a student at Yale. Afterwards, her decades-long music and life partnership with legendary violinist James Buswell led to countless duo recitals, concerti appearances, and chamber music performances across five continents. Their recording of “Walter Piston’s Chamber Music” won Chamber Music America’s Best Chamber Music CD Award.
In 2022, Carol founded Trio L’Eveque with close friends, Amy Galluzzo and Jean Huang. Prior to this group, she was a member of the Carpe Diem String Quartet. Her extensive touring repertoire encompassed the greatest string quartets by Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms, and Ravel, along with unjustly neglected composers Taneyev, Bazzini, and Florence Price. Enchanted by ancient music from Persia, Turkey, and American folk traditions, Carol’s collaborations include performances with masters of the Persian santoor, Chinese Pipa, and the American banjo. Her discography includes music by contemporary Iranian and Turkish composers Reza Vali and Erberk Eryilmaz, and American composers Korine Fujiwara and Jeff Midkiff. Her recent recording with the quartet “Music for Mandolin and String Quartet” won the Global Music Gold Medal Award.
Outside of performing, Carol is a passionate teacher who has nurtured hundreds of inquisitive musicians from Boston and around the world. In demand as a cello and chamber music teacher, she has taught at NYU, directed chamber music at the Heifetz International Music Institute, and served as director of strings, chamber music, and orchestra at Gordon College. Currently, she is on the faculty at New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory and Continuing Education School and the Cremona International Music Academy and Festival in Italy.
In her free time, Carol enjoys catching sights of bird migration with her son and cheering her daughter on in ultimate frisbee tournaments.
Jean Huang – Violin
Taiwanese violinist Jean Huang‘s active performing career has brought her to concert halls internationally and throughout the United States. Huang holds Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral of Musical Arts degrees in Violin Performance with honors from the New England Conservatory with the Doctoral thesis topic “A Performative Analysis and the Critical Edition: Francis Poulenc Violin Sonata,” under the guidance of Sean Gallagher and Pascal Rogé. Passionate for teaching, Huang currently maintains a private studio in Boston and serves on the violin faculty at the New England Conservatory School of Continuing Education and preparatory school.
Maintaining an active professional career, Jean serves as the concertmaster of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra and has received recognition for her leading and artistry by Cape Cod Times and other prominent music critics. Jean also serves as a member of the Phoenix Orchestra (Boston), where she participated as the principal violinist and performed 16 episodes of the “Chronophone” online chamber music series on Twitch during the pandemic, covering the western music history from pre-baroque to modern era.
Jean loves performing, believing music can provoke the wildest imagination. As a result, she often looks for a three-way connection between composer, performer, and audience. Jean is recognized for her lecture-recitals discussing topics such as “Musician’s role,” “Baroque Dances,” and “Evolutionary Violinist.” During those recitals, she combines virtuosic violin playing, her musicology background, and multi-media commentary that audience members of all experience levels can understand.
Praised for her “transcendent tone,” Jean’s recent concerto appearances includes a sold-out concert of Vaughan William’s Lark Ascending with the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.5 with the Music for Peace Orchestra.
Wishing to become a musician rather than merely a violinist, Huang delves into all aspects of the field. In the summer of 2013, she took violin-making lessons and created her first violin, based on a Guarnerius model. She enjoys everyday coffee and often wanders around the Greater Boston area for new inspirations from nature in her sound.
Amy Galluzzo – Violin
Amy Galluzzo enjoys an active career as both a chamber musician and soloist. For many years, Amy was a member of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, touring around the United States and internationally, performing a wide range of repertoire. Recent highlights include the release of several recordings with the quartet on the MSR Classics label, Amy’s Carnegie Hall debut with the Carpe Diem String Quartet, appearances with A Far Cry, and collaborations with artists such as John Ferrillo, oboe, Shem Guibbory, violin, Maxine Neuman, cello, and Carol Ou, cello. Amy teaches at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education in Boston and has taught workshops and masterclasses at Florida State University, Palm Beach University, University of Washington, and Carnegie Mellon University.