by Franziska Fenger, staff writer
|You can find it close by. HPU sponsors an International Choral
Program that was founded in 2002. Students from many countries
participate in two different choral groups. The International
Chorale consists of 30 to 60 HPU students, faculty, and staff
members as well as singers from the community. The International
Vocal Ensemble consists of 20 to 25 selected singers. The chorale
is one of the few choral groups in the world made up of non music
majors who receive scholarships (50 percent tuition waivers)
for their participation. The International Chorale has performed
with Hawai‘i Opera Theatre and Honolulu Symphony Chorus,
and it performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall in 2004. Next
summer, it goes on its first international tour to Vienna, Austria,
when it will represent Hawai‘i in a celebration of the
250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth. For information, or
to join the chorale, e-mail or call the chorale Director Susan
Duprey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 544-1127.
Outside of school there is even more going on. Chamber music
is one of Hawai‘i’s favorites. In 1974, five Honolulu
Symphony musicians began playing wind quintet concerts separate
from their symphony work. They called themselves the Spring Wind
Quintet. At first the group played only one or two concerts per
year, plus a few school assemblies but by 1980, chamber music
was so popular, two more groups were crated: the Honolulu Brass
Quintet and the Galliard String Quartet. Together they produced
the Monday Night Candlelight Concerts, a series of 12 concerts.
In 1982, these ensembles were united as Chamber Music Hawai‘i.
They performed more than 100 concerts and other events per year
and toured in Asia and throughout the Pacific.
Nov. 7, the Spring Wind Quintet will play “Summer Music” at
Paliku Theatre, Windward Community College, and Nov. 14 at Doris
Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.
The Tresemble – all three groups – will perform pieces
by Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven Dec. 5 at Paliku Theatre and on
Dec. 12 at Doris Duke Theatre.
The Galliard String Quartet will play Mozart and Brahms Jan.
16, 2006 at the Paliku Theatre and on Jan. 23 at the Doris Duke
Theatre. Admission is $ 20, but is free for students.
The Honolulu Symphony Chorus was organized in 1978. It has performed
such choral masterworks as Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky,
Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Suter’s
Le Laudi di San Francesco d’Assisi, and Requiems by Brahms,
Mozart, and Verdi. The chorus also performs on social occasions
such as the Hawai‘i visits of President Bill Clinton and
the Dalai Lama. For more information call Joseph McAlister, 524-0815
257 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
The Diamond Head Theatre has been the Broadway of the Pacific
since 1915. Hawai‘i’s oldest performing arts center
entertained thousands of troops during World War II with more
than 300 performances throughout the Pacific.
Today, more than 40,000 people enjoy musicals and plays here
every year. The theatre offers six mainstage theatrical productions,
including five major musicals yearly. Disney’s Aladdin
Jr. is the second show of the season, running from Dec. 2 until
Dec. 18. It will be followed by Enchanted April, Drood, La Cage
aux Folles, and Into the Woods. For more information call 733-0277
or e-mail DHT @diamondheadtheatre.com.
If you had enough classical music, try some jazz. On Nov. 6 from
11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the 12th Annual International Jazz Festival
at Kapolei will amuse its audiences for free. Great jazz artists
such as Abe Weinstein will join musicians from the military and
from schools of O‘ahu and Maui to perform continuous jazz
throughout the day. Food booths, kiddie stations, and free parking
will be provided. Weinstein, a former teacher, said that this
is a rare opportunity for future musicians to learn from some
of the best jazz artists in the business.
For more information
about the festival call 941-9974 or e-mail abeweinsteinmusic@
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