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Carol Ou teaches cello in NEC's Preparatory School and is a chamber music coach in NEC's College. In this recital, she is joined by her brother and fellow faculty member, cellist Sam Ou, as well as husband James Buswell of the College violin faculty.

The Eclectic Cello

The Eclectic Cello” is a recital of fun, beautiful, and eclectic music written for the cello.  Most of the works on this program you will rarely hear in other recitals.  The only two familiar composer names on the program will be Jacques Offenbach and Frederic Chopin, whose works will open and end the program respectively.

Carol's brother and cellist, Sam Ou will join her in the joyful and merry music of Offenbach, whose personal virtuosity as a cellist is manifest in the Grand Duos he wrote for two cellos.  Fellow piano colleague, Mana Tokuno will accompany Carol on the exuberant Polonaise Brilliante by Chopin.  Of tremendous fun for all, aside from these two virtuoso works, will be works by two lesser known composers: Julius Röntgen and Reza Vali. 

This summer, Carol discovered the gorgeous music of the Dutch post-romantic composer, Julius Röntgen, whose 14 cello sonatas are must-adds to our meager sonata repertoire!  It will be apparent, when you hear the 2nd Cello Sonata, why Brahms was enthusiastic about Röntgen’s music.  Carol is now on a quest to find the music to all 14 sonatas, which is not an easy quest at the moment.

Another exciting project for Carol this year is the recording of the solo, duo, and quartet music of the Persian composer, Reza Vali.  Her quartet, the Carpe Diem String Quartet, has done a lot of work with Mr. Vali, who recently commissioned the group to record all of his “Calligraphy” music. This includes one unaccompanied solo cello work, one violin and cello duo, and six string quartets.  Vali's music is exotic, Dionysian, and evokes the ancient sounds reminiscent of Arabian Nights.  Both the solo cello work: “Kord" and the violin/cello duo work: “Khojasteh” will be getting Boston premieres on this program.  Carol's husband, James Buswell will join her in performing the duo.

“The Eclectic Cello” program will be:

Grand Duo for 2 cellos in E major, op. 54 no. 2 by Jacques Offenbach
Sonata no. 2 in a minor, op. 41 by Julius Röntgen
“Kord” by Reza Vali (Boston Premiere)
“Khojasteh” by Reza Vali (Boston Premiere)
Poloniase Brillante, op. 3.  by Frederic Chopin


Date: October 4, 2014 - 8:00:PM
Price: Free
Location: Williams Hall


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