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EMH endeavors to provide as complete a listing as possible of upcoming early music events in Hawaii – concerts, workshops, significant church services and more – featuring local musicians or visiting artists. This web page is updated periodically and we also send out listings by e-mail. If you would like to receive these listings, simply click on the Join Our Email List icon at the bottom of the page. Our aim is to promote attendance at these events and increase appreciation of early music in Hawaii. We ask event sponsors to email announcements to and attach promotional materials, such as posters, when available.

Early Music Hawaii
Concert Series 2014-2015


EMH has two exciting, locally produced programs and two visiting groups from the mainland planned for the 2014-2015 season. All programs except for the first will be presented in both Honolulu and Kona. For our signature opening concert, we follow last year's Oratorio and Gabrieli 400 from 2012 with a program featuring all women composers from the 9th to the 17th centuries, performed by an all women's vocal and orchestral ensemble. The season continues with Bridging the Centuries on November 14 in Honolulu and January 31 in Kona, and closes in April with a second visit from Ensemble Mirable with special guest artist Dan Laurin, the world renowned recorder player from Sweden.

Tickets for individual concerts will be available for purchase 30 days in advance
online at or at the door on the day of the performance.


2014-2015 Visiting Ensembles

A Cabinet of 17th century Musical Curiosities

Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Queen Emma Community Center, Kealakekua

Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Lutheran Church of Honolulu, 1730 Punahou St.

Special Appearance, Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Kahilu Theater Gallery, Waimea*


Robert Mealy & Julie Andrijeski, violins & directors
Dominic Teresi, dulcian; Avi Stein, harpsichord
Charles Weaver, theorbo & guitar


Vienna and the outskirts of Europe in the 17th century enjoyed fascinating cross-cultural exchanges. Quicksilver celebrates instrumental music from Vienna, Eastern Europe and beyond, where the exotic inventions of folk music influenced the creation of early modern chamber music. Captivating gems from off the beaten track by Bertali, Mielczewski, Schmelzer and more.

Congratulations to Robert Mealy and Avi Stein, respectively concertmaster and
 harpsichordist of the Boston Early Music Festival orchestra, on their participation in
2015 Grammy award for BEMF's recording of Charpentier operas!

"Revered like rock stars within the early music scene" - New York Times
"...drop dead gorgeous with a wonderful interplay of timbres" -
Early Music America

General Seating $25 / Students with ID $10
To purchase tickets online, click here

*Waimea venue only-Suggested donation $20

Quicksilver CDs will be available for purchase at the concerts. To hear samples, click here


La Primavera
Spring of the Italian Baroque

Ensemble Mirable
with Guest Artist Dan Laurin, recorders

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Queen Emma Community Center, Kealakekoa

Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Lutheran Church of Honolulu, 1730 Punahou St.

Join Ensemble Mirable and special guest artist Dan Laurin for a delightful Spring stroll through the Italian Baroque. Celebrate nature's renewal with the glorious music of Mancini, Fontana, Uccellini, Scarlatti, Vivaldi and others. Internationally recognized recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin will join his high-spirited, charismatic and dazzling style with the artistry of Ensemble Mirable on their second tour of Hawaii.

"...stylish and full of fire" - San Francisco Classical Voice


Concerts by touring ensembles are funded in part by WESTAF, the National
Endowment for the Arts and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.



Already performed before enthusiastic audiences

2014-2015 Presentations by EMH Artists

Bridging the Centuries
Contrasts in Sacred Renaissance & Contemporary Texts

Saturday, January 31, 2015 • 5:00 pm
Queen Emma Community Center
Christ Church Episcopal, Kealakekua


The Choir of Early Music Hawaii
Karol Nowicki, conductor

Meg Sibley, Marilyn Bernhardt, Georgine Stark, soprano
 Naomi Castro, Jeannette Johnson, Pat Perez, Carolyne Riley, alto
Ian Capps, Bernaldo Evangelista, Karol Nowicki, Joshua Yang, tenor
 Peter Gregg, Keane Ishii, Steven Kaplan, bass

Sacred texts of the Western Church have inspired composers for centuries. The program explored the structural comparisons between renaissance motets and contemporary settings of the same texts juxtaposing compositions by Guerrero, Victoria, Palestrina, Lassus, Tallis and Byrd with settings by Poulenc, Giles, Lauridsen, Messiaen, Schroeder and our own Karol Nowicki.

The a cappella Choir consists of expert singers from Hawai'i Island and Oahu who have acquired the special skills associated with this repertory under the guidance of EMH Artistic Director, the late Carl Crosier in Honolulu and EMH Director in Kona, Garrett Webb.

This concert was first presented by Oahu singers only in Honolulu in November 2014.


In Memoriam Carl Crosier
September 1945 - August 2014

Triumph Against the Odds
Early Women Composers of the Convent & Beyond

Friday, September 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, 712 School St., Honolulu

The Early Music Hawaii Choir and Orchestra
Carl Crosier, Artistic Director
Jennifer Lane, Guest Director

Women composers had to fight hard to gain recognition for centuries in Europe, and often only through the safe haven of the convent. Early exceptions were the Abbesses Kassia in 9th century Byzantium and Hildegard von Bingen in Germany - both also powerful intellectuals, visionaries and political figures. Much later, the 17th century convents of Italy boasted many talented composers who achieved Europe-wide fame despite official Vatican disapproval, among them Chiara Margarita Cozzolani and Isabella Leonarda. The women's Choir and Orchestra of Early Music Hawaii performed the glorious music of these nuns, and of two exceptional talents who triumphed against the odds in the secular world, Francesca Caccini and Barbara Strozzi.

Tribute was paid to the genius of the late Carl Crosier, EMH Artistic Director for the past three years, for his inspiration and early preparation for this concert. 


EMH concerts are supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through
appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawaii & by the National Endowment for the Arts.



Early Music on Hawaii Public Radio

The Early Muse, with Ian Capps
at 9:00pm every Sunday on KHPR 88.1, KKUA 90.7 and KANO 91.1


    - February 1: The English Sacred Anthem - The new Protestant church music from Byrd, Gibbons, Locke and Purcell
    - February 8: "Ay, Amor Loco!" - Love songs from Spain for Valentine's Day
    - February 15: Carnival & Street Theater - Biber's Carnival Sonata, Vecchi's popular comedy l'Amfiparnaso & Les Tabarinades from the streets of 17th century Paris
    - February 22: Lenten Penitence - Motets & the Penitential Psalm of David Domine exaudi orationem meam - by the great Orlande de Lassus

    - March 1: Lost Treasures: The Lute Family - Although not really lost to performers, the lute and theorbo are hardly used for composition today.
    - March 8: Women in Early Opera - The fates of Ariadne, Dido & Medea feature prominently in baroque opera but only one woman, Francesca Caccini, produced her own opera
    - March 15: Classical Celtic - Irish & Scottish composers compose in elegant European style; visiting Italians use traditional Celtic themes
    - March 22: Springtime in Paris - French songs & Charpentier's "La Couronne de Fleurs" welcome Spring in Paris
    - March 29: Music for the Passion - The Lamentations of Jeremiah by Tallis, A Stabat Mater by Cesis, Allegri's Miserere and more