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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 2013-2014


2013-2014 Season Touring Ensembles

       Early Music Hawaii is proud to present two leading early music ensembles from New York/France and the Bay Area, Asteria and Ostraka, who bring us the sophisticated elegance of French music, separated by 250 years: songs of love and chivalry from the medieval court of Burgundy, followed by the intimate chamber music of 18th century Paris. These award-winning musicians complement the presentations of previous seasons which featured a renaissance wind band, early baroque strings from Italy and Germany, and the exciting rhythms of Spain and Latin America. For the first time, EMH will bring the regular season's visiting ensembles to the active communities of West Hawai'i, where EMH was founded by Garrett Webb in 2005.


Saturday, March 22, 2014 ▪ 7:30 pm - Lutheran Church of Honolulu
Sunday, March 23, 2014 ▪ 3:30 pm - Queen Emma Community Center, Kealakekua

Leaving Parnassus
French Baroque Refinement


Josh Lee, viola da gamba ● John Lenti, theorbo
David Walker, theorbo & baroque guitar

      Louis XIV raised French culture to the highest slopes of Mount Parnassus. home to the Greek Muses. But it was a constant challenge to match the increasing appeal of Italian music. From the Bay Area, the ensemble Ostraka traces the rise and fall of the refined French baroque style and its efforts to counter the fashionable forces of Italianism - virtuosic solo and ensemble music by Lully, Marais, Hervelois, Boismortier, Corrette and Forqueray.

       Founded in 2005 by viol virtuoso Josh Lee, Ostraka has been described as "an utter intellectual and aural delight," bringing a dynamic intimacy to each performance.

General Seating $25 Students with ID $10


Registered EMH members 10% discount on one ticket per concert



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 and by the National Endowment for the Arts.




Flower of Passion - Thorn of Despair
Medieval Songs of Love and Arthurian Romance

      Enthusiastic audiences in Honolulu (January 24, 2014) and Kona (February 2) were introduced to the earliest repertory so far presented by EMH. The award-winning duo Asteria - Sylvia Rhyne and Eric Redlinger - told the story of "Yvain, the Knight of the Lion" in songs composed for the 15th century court of Burgundy, a program which has proved popular throughout the US and Europe.

Sacred Drama from Rome to Handel
The Early Music Hawaii
Choir and Orchestra

Carl Crosier, Artistic Director

      The audience at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa was stunned by the beauty of music they had never heard before - and by the outstanding performance of the ten singers and ten instrumentalists. The program of 17th century "oratorios" and "dialogs" from the Roman Oratories, Prayer Houses founded by St. Philip Neri to support the Counter-Reformation, featured several composers virtually unknown to modern audiences, such as Domenico Mazzocchi, Giovanni Anerio and Giacomo Carissimi. Carissimi's tragic story of Jephtha, obliged by a promise to God to sacrifice his only daughter, moved some to tears.  All this during the 100 years before Handel first visited Italy and composed his earliest oratorio, which was also sampled.

       The wonderful acoustics and ambience of St. Theresa's provided the ideal environment for this music. EMH thanks the Catholic Diocese and the Cathedral staff for their generosity in letting us perform there. We hope to return with more such beautiful music every year.  

This program was supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through
appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawaii and by the National Endowment for the Arts.


The 2012-2013 Concert Series

    The 2012-2013 inaugural season marked the "coming of age" of Early Music Hawaii. For the first time we presented a coordinated series of three exciting concerts, following some years of successful individual  concerts on an "ad hoc" basis. The response from all audiences, including the young students of a public elementary school, was very positive and rewarding. Our objective is to present every year one major concert featuring Hawaii's own leading Early Music specialists and two presentations by top professional touring ensembles based on the mainland or internationally. The visiting artists are selected for their excellence in a wide variety of genres from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods.

    The first concert in September 2012, Glorious Gabrieli, celebrated the glorious works of the Venetian master Giovanni Gabrieli on the 4th centenary of his death. It featured the fine Hawaii singers and players who brought Monteverdi's magnificent Vespers of 1610 to Hawaii for the first time in November 2010.

    In January 2013, The Kingdoms of Castile was the second event of the season, featuring an internationally renowned ensemble from the Bay Area, Grammy-nominated El Mundo, in an exciting program of Spanish and Latin American music from the late 17th century. In April, Musica Pacifica, also from the Bay Area, brought sparkling repertory from all across Baroque Europe with their popular Continental Breakfast program. They performed twice to great acclaim, first at a splendid fundraiser and feast in Kealakekua, West Hawaii, then at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu. Both ensembles also enchanted hundreds of fascinated students during educational outreach at Kaneohe Elementary School.

    Thanks to EMH's original sponsorship, both groups also performed in Hilo under the auspices of the Hawaii Concert Society. El Mundo also performed in Lihue for the Kauai Concert Association.

    Concerts by El Mundo, Musica Pacifica and other touring groups presented by Early Music Hawaii, are funded in part by
 WESTAF, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
Early Music Hawaii is grateful to these organizations for their generous support.





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 2: Jean Maillard Rediscovered - First ever recording of the 16th century French master
    - February 9: Love Duets from Italy - A Valentine's celebration of 17th century opera and popular song
    - February 16: Pure Gold - Three sacred masterpieces by Victoria, Guerrero and Vivanco
    - February 23: Alfresco! - Music designed for the great outdoors

    - March 2: By, For and Sung by Women - Sacred and secular works from the 9th to 17th centuries for International Women's Day
    - March 9: Elegies for the Near and Dear - Schütz, Buxtehude, Purcell and others mourn close relatives or patrons
    - March 16: The Celtic Harp - Traditional Irish music for harp and voice - for St. Patrick's Day
    - March 23: Lenten Penitence - The Penitential Psalms od David from France - by Lully, Bembo, LeJeune
    - March 30: Lost Treasures: The Cornetto - A star of the 17th century loses out to the trumpet