[act-ma] Fwd: [UJP Activist] CORRECTION - SATURDAY: Vocal Chamber Music in Times of War and Peace

Cole Harrison cole at masspeaceaction.org
Wed Apr 8 13:18:37 PDT 2015

SATURDAY: Vocal Chamber Music in Times of War and Peace

*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*.

*Saturday, April 11, 2015, 7:30 pm Harvard-Epworth Methodist Church, 1555
Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge (near Harvard Law School) Wheelchair
Accessible - Doors Open 7:00 pm*

*D’Anna Fortunato*, Mezzo-soprano,* featured artist*
*Mana Tokuno*, Piano
*Ina Zdorovetchi*, Harp
*Linda Toote*, Flute
*Michelle La Course*, Viola

*“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. *

*Other works on the program by Ravel and others will complement and
contrast with this work, utilizing the beautiful sonorities of the chamber
ensemble and piano.” – *D’Anna Fortunato

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
   - Benjamin Britten, *4 Songs* forVoice 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

 *Read an article by the Boston Globe's music critic Matthew Guerrieri
provides interesting background on Earl Kim and the piece, including Kim's
work with "Musicians Against Nuclear Arms", a forerunner of the Music for
Peace concert series.*

[image: BPT_buy_tickets_large[1]]
<http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/874384>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, $35 at the door. Series of 3 concerts: member $65, non-member
$80, student $25.  Supporters pay $250 and receive 2 tickets and preferred
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*

*[image: D'Anna Fortunato]
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.
*Linda Toote, Flute*

[image: Linda Toote]
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*

[image: Michelle Lacourse]
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.
*Ina Zdorovetchi, Harp*

[image: Ina Zdorovetchi]
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.
*Mana Tokuno, Piano*

[image: Mana Tokuno]

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.

Cole Harrison
Executive Director
Massachusetts Peace Action - the nation's largest grassroots peace
11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138
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