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Special Events in Hawaii

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.


EMH Concert Season 2016-2017

 Old World - New World
Renaissance and Early Baroque Music from Two Continents

Welcome to Early Music Hawaii's 5th full concert season featuring both talented local performers and leading early music ensembles from the mainland. In September 2016 the EMH Choir & Orchestra explores the rich polyphony of 16th century Spain and the exciting baroque rhythms of its later American colonies. In February 2017, two distinct chamber ensembles - from Oahu in Honolulu and from Hawaii Island in Kona -perform the same program of intimate music by and for the Royalty of Europe. From the mainland, two award-winning early music ensembles bring contrasting instrumental gems of the17th century from the cold North Sea to the sun-drenched Mediterranean.


2016-2017 Concerts by EMH Performers

Spain & the New World
Sacred Treasures from Two Continents


Saturday, September 24, 2016 • 7:30 pm
Lutheran Church of Honolulu

The Early Music Hawaii Choir & Orchestra
Guest artists on period instruments

Director: Dana Marsh

Spanish composers of the Golden Age inherited a rich musical tradition from Christian, Sephardic and Moorish influences of the pre-Renaissance. Already worldly wise, in the 16th and 17th centuries they found new inspiration in the lively rhythms and special harmonies of the Viceroyalties of Mexico and Peru. 

The program explores first the sacred works of the Renaissance giants in Spain itself - Cristóbal de Morales, Francisco Guerrero and Tomás Luis de Victoria. At the same time, Spanish missionaries and composers in the New World delighted in the musical talent of the native Americans. The result is a joyful synthesis of new rhythms and harmonies to join the old in works by Gaspar Fernandes, Juan de Padilla, Juan de Araujo and others. 

Dana Marsh, Director of the Historical Performance Institute at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, returns to direct this special music, which also features guest artists on baroque guitars and other period instruments.

Tickets $30 at the door or
online Click Here

Kings and Queens
Intimate Music by & for Themselves

Saturday, February 11, 2017 • 7:30 pm
Lutheran Church of Honolulu

 Sunday, February 19, 2017 • 3:30 pm
Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, Kailua-Kona

The EMH Chamber Singers

Honolulu Director, Todd Beckham
Kona Director, Daniel Mahraun


Royalty traditionally reserved precious time for their private enjoyment of music, both sacred and secular. Some, like Henry VIII, were themselves composers. The EMH Chamber Singers, from both Honolulu and Kona, explore some of the songs and sacred pieces for the private chambers of Alfonso the Wise of Spain,  the Viceroyalties of Mexico & Peru, the Dukes of Italy and Burgundy, the Royal Tudors of England and Louis XIV's Versailles.

For the first time, EMH will feature separate ensembles of local singers on Oahu and Hawaii Island, performing the same program. Todd Beckham, an early music director and singer recently arrived from Boston, will direct the Honolulu ensemble. Daniel Mahraun, director of music at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, will direct the ensemble at the church in Kailua-Kona.

Tickets $25 at the door or
online here 30 days before the first

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


2016-2017 Visiting Ensembles

 The Naughty List
Difficult Men - Angelic Music

Saturday, October 29, 2016 • 7:30 pm
New Location!
Orvis Auditorium,
 UH Manoa, 2411 Dole Street, Honolulu

Sunday, October 30, 2016 • 3:30 pm
Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, Kailua-Kona

Wayward Sisters

Beth Wenstrom, baroque volin; Anne Timberlake, recorders
Anna Steinhoff, cello; John Lenti, lute and theorbo


Not all composers are nice guys. Matthew Locke acquired a menagerie of unflattering adjectives - vitriolic, ill-tempered, spiteful, atrabilious. He was not alone. Tarquinio Merula, William Brade, Nicola Matteis and even Dario Castello left evidence of their challenging temperaments and brilliant musicianship. 

Winners of the 2011 Early Music America award, Wayward Sisters shows how "difficult" men - braggarts, hotheads, curmudgeons and snobs - could produce some of the most beautiful music of their time.
                                                                                                "...a spectacularly beautiful show..." Ann Arbor Observer


Mediterranean Odyssey
A Musical Tour of Southern Europe

Saturday, May 6, 2017 • 7:30 pm
Lutheran Church of Honolulu

Sunday, May 7, 2017 • 3:30 pm
Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, Kailua-Kona

 Chatham Baroque

Andrew Fouts, baroque violin; Patricia Halverson, viola da gamba
Scott Pauley, lute and theorbo

Discover elegant baroque sonatas and toe-tapping dances from the sun-soaked shores of Mediterranean Spain, France and Italy - La Jota and Canarios from Spain, sonatas by Jean-Marie LeClair in France, virtuosic fireworks for the violin by Arcangelo Corelli and earthy renditions of Italian dances by Giovanni Kapsberger.A leading chamber ensemble from Pittsburgh, Chatham Baroque has been praised for its "colorful virtuosity" by the New York Times and as "musically impeccable by the Washington Post.

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


  - August 7, 2016: Featured Ensemble, Capriccio Stravagante - Skip Sempe, harpsichordist and director, has run the gamut of rich renaissance and early baroque orchestral, chamber music and song
  - August 14, 2016: Marian Song at the Assumption - Marian motets and villancicos from 17th century Mexico and Peru
  - August 21, 2016: Monteverdi: Drama, Lament and a new Soprano - Czech soprano Magdalena Kožená dazzles
with arias and madrigals from Monteverdi's later years. 
  - August 28, 2016: Masters and Students -  Giacomo Carissimi teaches the young Marc-Antoine Charpentier the Italian art of Oratorio and Opera. 

  - September 4, 2016: Masters and Students -  Marc-Antoine Charpentier applies his master's teachings to Oratorios Canticum Zachariae and Le Reniement de St. Pierre, and applies the special flavor of the French language to the dramatic opera Medée.
September 11, 2016: The Art of Divisions - Divisions, or diferencias in Spain, were he forerunners of later vaariations, but focused more on the ornamentation of themes at faster speeds and in different rhythms.