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Early Music Hawaii
Concert Series 2012-2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013
The Lutheran Church of Honolulu
A Tasty Menu of Baroque Gems
Judith Linsenberg, recorder; Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin
Josh Lee, viola da gamba; Charles Sherman, harpsichord
Internationally acclaimed ensemble Musica Pacifica visits the major artistic centers of Europe and samples the musical forms of the 17th and 18th centuries. Colorful suites, brilliant chamber concertos and sonatas by Georg Philipp Telemann, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Johann Sebastian Bach and Dario Castello rub shoulders with an English Court Masque and sonatas on Scots tunes by Francesco Veracini and Scotland's own James Oswald. Musica Pacifica's popular Continental Breakfast program has received critical acclaim across the US mainland.
"A small miracle of precision and musical
The Washington Post
General Seating $25 • Students with ID $10
April 23 * 7pm
Queen Emma Community Center
at Christ Church Episcopal, Kealakekua
meets "Tropical Fruit Delights"
A Fundraiser for Early Music Hawaii in Kona
supporters of Early Music Hawaii in a feast for the ears and taste buds as
Musica Pacifica plays excerpts from it popular "Continental Breakfast'
Sample tropical fruits with orchard manager Stuart Jonson while enjoying fellowship with the musicians. For more information, call Garrett at 808 960-3650.
The 2012-2013 Concert Series
The 2012-2013 season marks the "coming of age" of Early Music Hawaii. For the first time we present a coordinated series of three exciting concerts, following several years of successful individual concerts on an ad hoc basis. 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 celebrated the glorious works of the Venetian master Giovanni Gabrieli on the 4th centenary of his death. It featured the fine local singers and players who brought Monteverdi's magnificent Vespers of 1610 to Hawai'i for the first time in November 2010.
In January 2013, the Kingdoms of Castile was the second event of the season and the first featuring an internationally renowned visiting ensemble from the Bay Area, Grammy-nominated El Mundo. In April, Musica Pacifica, also from the Bay Area, will bring sparkling repertory from all across Baroque Europe with its popular Continental Breakfast program. Thanks to EMH's original sponsorship, both groups also perform in Hilo under the auspices of the Hawaii Concert Society. El Mundo also performed for the Kauai Concert ssociation at the Kauai Community College.
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 in Honolulu
March to May, 2013
Hawaii Public Radio's The Early Muse,
with Ian Capps
at 9:00pm every Sunday on KHPR 88.1, KKUA 90.7 and KANO 91.1
- March 3: Inspiration from
the Convent - The first nuns Kassia and Hildegard and motets from 17th
- March 10: The Noble Theorbo - The great bass lute played a pivotal role in the Transition from Renaissance to the Baroque
- March 17: Scots Play Italian, Italians play Scottish - International music in Baroque Britain
- March 24: Carlo Gesualdo, the Responsories for Holy Saturday - Plus superb Lamentations by an anonymous Italian
- March 31: Tudor Music for Easter - from Taverner to Byrd and Sheppard to Philips
- April 7: Alessandro
Stradella: Undervalued Genius - Pioneering instrumental music by a colorful
- April 14: Stradella's "Amanti, Ola! Love's Academy" - A serenade or semi-opera for Carnival
- April 21: Heinrich Biber: Extreme Contrasts - From solo violin sonatas to massive choral and orchestral works
- April 28: The Troubadours of Medieval Europe - Poet-composers from many cultures share their vision of courtly love
- May 5: Eastern Orthodox
Easter - From 9th century Byzantium to 17th century Russia
- May 12: Neapolitan Delights - The street songs of old Naples have a flavor instantly recognizable today
- May 19: The First Spanish Masters - Anchieta, Peñalosa and Morales craft the passionate sacred music of the Renaissance
- May 26: English Consort Music for Instruments - The creative genius of Byrd, Morley, Ferrabosco and Locke