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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 (see below) 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 Marion Verbruggen, the world renowned recorder player from Holland.

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 Presentations by EMH Artists

Bridging the Centuries
Contrasts in Sacred Renaissance & Contemporary Texts

Friday, November 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm
St. Andrew's Cathedral Parke Chapel

The Choir of Early Music Hawaii
Karol Nowicki, conductor

Emily Haswell, Mihoko Ito, Georgine Stark, soprano
Allen Bauchle, Naomi Castro, Karyn Castro,  Jeannette Johnson, alto
Stan Baptista, Ian Capps, Karol Nowicki, tenor
Simon Crookall, David Del Rocco, Keane Ishii, bass

Sacred texts of the Western Church have inspired composers for centuries. The program explores 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, Maxwell-Davies, Lauridsen, Messiaen, Schroeder and our own Karol Nowicki.

The a cappella Choir consists of professional singers from Oahu who have acquired the special skills associated with this repertory under the guidance of EMH Artistic Director, the late Carl Crosier.

To purchase tickets on line click here
or at the door at concert time

General seating $20 Students with ID $10

This program will be repeated in Kona during January 2015


EMH programs 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.



Already performed before an enthusiastic audience
on September 19, 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. 





2014-2015 Visiting Ensembles

Music on the Fringes
Vienna, Eastern Europe & the North

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.


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 and the margins, where the exotic inventions of folk music influenced the creation of early modern chamber music. Captivating gems from off the beaten track by Schmelzer, Jarzebski, Mielczewski and others.

"...drop dead gorgeous with a wonderful interplay of timbres" - Early Music America


La Primavera
Spring of the Italian Baroque

Ensemble Mirable
with Guest Artist Marion Verbruggen, 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 Marion Verbruggen 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 Marion Verbruggen will join her 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.




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

     - October 5: The Great French Harpsichord - Sonatas, suites, dialogues with viols by the 17th "greats" from Chambonni
ères to Marais
    - October 12:
Popular Music of  New Spain - Villancicos, dances & songs by native Americans & Spanish emigrés, with a premier recording from Ecuador.
- October 19: German Violin Music Comes of Age - Taught by Italian virtuosi, German composers develop their own idiom
     - October 26: Three Fine Baroque Lutherans - The talent of three less famous Cantors in Leipzig - Knüpfer, Bruhns & Schelle

    - November 2: A Flemish Requiem for All Souls - Motets by Clemens, Richafort & Gombert; the Dies irae & Libera me of Jacobus de Kerle
    - November 9: The Battle of Marignano - The most popular chanson by Janequin used in "parody" by Le Jeune & Victoria's Missa pro Victoria
November 16: Corelli's Sonatas Influence the World - Corelli's colleagues export the master's style as far as Scotland, America & China
    - November 23: The Ministriles of Spain - The traditional wind bands of Spain pervade the courts, streets, and uniquely the churches
    - November 30: "Hail Bright Cecilia!" - We celebrate the patron saint of music with Henry Purcell's 4th & grandest Ode to St. Cecilia