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Bringing our 2018-2019 season to a close, oboist J. Scott Janusch and Tresemble debut the world’s only handcrafted oboe made of Hawaiian kauila wood. The performances will feature a new commission by local composer Jon Magnussen—which is dedicated to Scott and the people of Hawaii—as well as chamber works by Mozart and Jolivet. To learn more, read details about the project in our Herald newsletter.
The Honolulu Brass Quintet presents myriad compositions and arrangements, showcasing the ensemble’s majestic and versatile sound. The program includes: DiLorenzo’s Fire Dance, Bach’s Little Fugue in G minor, Schutz’s Ride La Primavera, De Wert’s Vezzosi Augelli, Tovey’s Santa Barbara Sonata, Schuman’s American Hymn, and Thomson’s Family Portrait.
Spring Dinner Concert
March 16, 2019
We invite you to our Spring Dinner Concert featuring the Galliard String Quartet at Waipuna, the elegant Judge James L. Coke House in Nuuanu Valley with our hosts Dr. Keith Pedro and Brian Fujiwara. Enjoy wine and a gourmet dinner catered by MW, followed by an intimate chamber performance. RSVP and submit payment by March 9, 2019. No tickets will be issued for this event, names will be on a list at the door. A portion of your contribution may be tax deductible.
On January 2, three performers in Chamber Music Hawaii’s Mo’olelo o ke Koa (The Soldier’s Tale) appeared on Hawaii News Now’s Sunrise show. The actors and musician performed excerpts from Stravinsky’s work, showcasing the original Hawaiian translation created specifically for this production. The interview portion with Howard Dicus featured Todd Farley, Director of Mo’olelo o ke Koa, and James F. Moffitt, clarinetist and CMH Board President.
L’Histoire du Soldat
(Mo‘olelo o ke Koa)
Tresemble + University of Hawai‘i
MON JAN 14 7:30pm Doris Duke Theatre
FRI JAN 18 7:30pm Paliku Theatre
“There is a special theatrical delight and wonder that takes place when the worlds of music, word, and movement meet,” says Todd Farley.“Similar to when world cultures share story together, the result is a spectacular evening sure to enthrall young and old alike.”
L’Histoire du Soldat tells the story of a soldier who—while on his way home from the war—encounters the devil and is presented with an appealing deal: to exchange his fiddle for a magic book that will grant him everything he ever wanted. The original French text is by Swiss writer C.F. Ramuz and based on the folk tale, The Runaway Soldier and the Devil. Igor Stravinsky, a 20th-century Russian composer, scored the piece for a septet of violin, double bass, clarinet, bassoon, cornet/trumpet, trombone, and percussion. The work also calls for three main actors (soldier, devil, narrator), a dancer (princess), and additional ensemble dancers.
This co-production between CMH and UH represents the first Hawaiian translation of L’Histoire du Soldat. While it closely follows Ramuz’s libretto, the new version is set in the Big Island and the soldier, Koa, is Hawaiian. The plot revolves around Koa’s struggle with the lure of colonialism and the seduction of materialism that came with it. Farley explains, “Mo’olelo o ke Koa tells a story as old as time itself, true to the first fallen paradise, to post-war Europe and post-colonial Hawaii—we had peace, then enters the Devil. It is fitting that the story of human struggle is shared in a collaborative work between art forms and cultures—between mimes, actors, composers, and musicians; between Hawaiians, Asians, and Europeans.”