The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society
P.O. Box 6682, Kamuela, HI 96743

Kaori Mitani, 808-896-2153 kaorim@aloha.net


The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra has announced three Sunday concerts for its 2006-07 season – October 8, January 7, and April 15. All start at 4 p.m. at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii. The concerts are free and open to the public.

The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 2004 by Madeline Schatz, music director and conductor, to bring classical symphonic music to Big Island music lovers. The orchestra began with only 15 musicians, but in two years i has become the largest community orchestra on the island, with more than 40 members.

During its October 8 concert, the orchestra will feature Michael Russell as soloist in the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. The orchestra will also play Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony and Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto.

The concert on January 7, 2007, will include Wanda Beck as soloist in Telemann’s Viola Concerto, as well as Schubert’s First Symphony and Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll.”

At the final concert on April 15, 2007, the orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Second Symphony and Rachmaninoff’s ” Vocalise,” with soprano soloist Betsy Curtis, who will also perform a selection of show tunes.

Schatz moved to the Big Island in 2002, after a successful 35-year career as a concert violinist/violist and orchestra conductor. She studied violin with Eudice Shapiro, Josef Gingold, and Henryk Szeryng; viola with William Primrose, David Dawson, and Milton Thomas; piano with Jack Previn and John Crown; and conducting with Michael Tilson Thomas, Daniel Lewis, and Paul Vermel.

Schatz has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the California Chamber Symphony, and has guest-conducted orchestras in Utah, New Mexico, Washington, New Mexico, Oregon, and Virginia, and in London.

She has recorded CDs with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra. She now lives in Waimea, where she teaches music at the Hawaii Preparatory Academy and maintains a studio of private students in violin, viola, cello and piano.

At a recent organizational meeting, the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society Board of Directors elected Joel Gimpel, president; Michael Russell, vice-president; Cathy Young, secretary; and Susan McGovern, treasurer.

Members of the ensemble include:
VIOLIN: Ursula Vietze, Ray Broggini, Mary Collier, Julia Janson, Penny Lum, Joyce Meade, Michael Russell, Cathy Young, Joel Gimpel, Sharon Chern, Jamilla Nur Hannaford, Karl Lizza, Kathleen Paik, Madlen Simms, Linda Walton, Miyako Warrington, Kathy Yoon and Barbara Lee
VIOLA: Susan McGovern, Wanda Beck, Herrick Colby, Pat Perez, and Cami Weber
CELLO: Samantha Black, Karen Bechtel, Kaori Mitani, Julie Salis, and Kirk Weber
BASS: Delphina Miller and Shawn James
FLUTE: Susanella Nobel and Yvetto Ono
OBOE: Larry Beck and Karen Nogami
CLARINET: Leonard Hasuko and Chris Johnson
BASSOON: Lisa Lilje and Mary Lopresti
FRENCH HORN: Kerem Esteban and Chanel Nakamura
TRUMPET: Armando Mendoza, Mayson Kaku

The Kahilu Theatre is located behind the Parker Ranch Center in Waimea at 67-1186 Lindsey Road. Parking is free.

For more information, please contact Cathy Young at 808-982-9307 or Kaori Mitani 808-896-2153, kaorim@aloha.net

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