The Kamuela Philharmonic, under the direction of Dr. Madeline F. Schatz, will give a free public concert on Sunday afternoon, April 9 at 4pm in the Gates Performing Arts Center on the Hawaii Preparatory Academy upper campus. While admission is free, donations will be accepted to defray the cost of the production of the concert. Featured on the program will be works by Felix Mendelssohn, Antonio Vivaldi and Ludwig van Beethoven.
In its initial two seasons here in Waimea the Kamuela Philharmonic has developed a very loyal following and plays to packed houses frequented by music-lovers of all ages. “It is our goal to present quality classical orchestral music to the community,” says Dr. Schatz. “Most of the musicians in the orchestra have played professionally in one capacity or another and we truly enjoy getting together to play the great music and present something on this island that has not been available in the past.” Admission is free so as to allow access to anyone who might not, otherwise, be able to attend.
Featured on this final concert of the 2005-2006 concert season will be Mendelssohn’s “Hebrides Overture” written after the composer visited those beautiful caves on a vacation. “The music depicts the grandeur of those magnificent caves and their surrounding ocean,” says Dr. Schatz, the orchestra’s music director and conductor. Also featured on the program is Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Two Cellos, Strings and Continuo.” The soloists for this work will be Karen Bechtel and Samantha Black. Ms. Bechtel is a cellist with the Honolulu Symphony on Oahu and a close friend of Dr. Schatz. Ms. Black is a well-known performer and teacher here on the Big Island and is the principal cello player of the Kamuela Philharmonic. The program will close with Beethoven’s “Symphony #1 in C Major.” “We are delighted to be adding so many more wind, brass and percussion players for this concert,” says Dr. Schatz. This gives us the opportunity to present even more varied repertoire to our loyal audiences.
While other orchestras exist on the island, the Kamuela Philharmonic is the only professional orchestra here that presents solely classical music. The group is applying for non-profit status so that it can apply for grants. They will use the money to take classical music into the public and private schools on the island.
Dr. Schatz is an internationally known conductor, violinist, violist and teacher. She has recorded with the London Philharmonic in Abbey Road Studios in London, England and has concertized all over the world. She lives and works in Waimea on the Big Island and teaches music at thehref=”http://www.hpa.edu”>Hawaii Preparatory Academy.
For more information contact Dr. Schatz at 896-7663.