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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 2015-2016

Musica Poetica

The term "Musica Poetica" applies in one form or another to
every concert in the 2015-2016 EMH Series. Invented by 17thC
German composers and theorists, it expresses composition in
terms of classical rhetoric and poetry, replacing the traditional
"musica theoretica" or "musica practica" of the Renaissance.

Our signature September concert titled Musica Poetica is a direct
tribute to this German inspiration. In November, El Siglo de Oro
celebrates both poetry and drama, and the group Hesperus plays
medieval music appropriate for the silent movies. Finally, the
Early Music Hawaii Choir contrasts the poetry of early madrigals
with more modern compositions.


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.



Saturday, September 19, 2015 • 7:30 pm

Lutheran Church of Honolulu, 1730 Punahou St.

Musica Poetica
Inspiration for 17th century German Composers

The Early Music Hawaii Choir & Orchestra
Guest artists on period instruments from the
Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University

Director: Dana Marsh

Pioneer German composers and theorists of the early Baroque redefined their musical inspiration in terms of classical rhetoric and poetry rather than theory or practice. Guest director Dana Marsh, Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Historical Performance Institute at Indiana University, leads the local EMH performers and the guest artists on sackbuts and cornetto in sacred and secular music by Schütz, Praetorius, Scheidt, Kittel, Scheidemann and others.

For this program of contrasting grand and intimate music from Germany, we return to the fine ambience and acoustics of the Lutheran Church of Honolulu, honoring a great musical tradition and its long-time architect and director, the late Carl Crosier.

Preferred seating $35  General seating $25
Students with ID $10

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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




Thursday, November 12, 2015 • 7:00 pm
Queen Emma Community Center, Kealakekua

Saturday, November 14, 2015 • 7:30 pm
Lutheran Church of Honolulu

El Siglo de Oro
Treasures from the Golden Age of Spanish Culture

El Mundo

Richard Savino, Director, theorbo
and baroque guitar

One of our most popular visiting ensembles, Grammy nominated El Mundo, returns with a fresh program of poetic villancicos, romances, art songs, dances and theater music from 16th and 17th century Spain and the New World.

General seating $25; Students with ID $10

(Tickets available online 30 days in advance)



Thursday, January 21, 2016 • 7:00 pm
Queen Emma Community Center, Kealakekua

Saturday, January 23, 2016 • 7:00 pm
Lutheran Church of Honolulu

Early Music - Early Movies
Period music for Gems of the Silent Screen


Renowned for many years as performers of medieval and early renaissance music, the members of Ensemble Hesperus have more recently developed a special repertory of period music for live accompaniment of classic silent movies. Nell Snaidas, Tina Chancey, Grant Herreid and Kathryn Montoya sing and play a dizzying array of period instruments.

In Kealakekua, medieval music from France will accompany the 1923 production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, with Lon Chaney.

In Honolulu, English music from the time of Henry VIII and before will accompany the 1922 production of Robin Hood, with Douglas Fairbanks.

Kealakekua: All general seating $25

Honolulu: Preferred seating $35; General seating $25

Students with ID $10

(Tickets available online 30 days in advance)

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.



April 2016, Honolulu & Kealakekua

(Dates and times to be confirmed)

Bridging the Centuries II

The Early Music Hawaii Choir follows its popular 2014-2015 presentation of Bridging the Centuries with an a cappella program of early madrigals and more modern songs - music inspired by great poetry throughout the ages.





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

    - August 2: Going Viral - Some tunes and themes spread so rapidly throughout 17th century Europe that in today's parlance they "went viral", including versions of  La Folia, the Chacona and the most popular theme for early opera, the legend of Orpheus.
    - August 9: The Rich World of Antoine Brumel - Brumel is today one of the least known French composers who worked in the shadow of Josquin. His Lamentations and the incredible 12-part Easter Mass foreshadow the grand polychoral works of a century later.
    - August 16: Women for Mary at the Assumption - We celebrate the Feast of the Assumption with glorious music from the convents from von Bingen to Cozzolani, performed by the many fine women's ensembles of today.
    - August 23: The Changing Face of 17thC English Chamber Music - The sonorous viola da gamba lasted longer in English chamber music than elsewhere in Europe, but gradually progressed from solo star to a lesser role in combination with other instruments.
    - August 30: Pro Cantione Antiqua: Our occasional series on pioneering ensembles features Pro Cantione Antiqua, whose power and passionate sensitivity in the 1970s was especially appropriate for the rich repertories of Spain and Flanders.