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

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


The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra announces its 2006 fall concert on Sunday, October 8. The performance starts at 4 p.m. at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Kahilu Theatre is located behind the Parker Ranch Center in Waimea at 67-1186 Lindsey Road. The concert is 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 it 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.

Michael Russell, solo violinist for this concert, has been a part of the Big Island classical music scene since the summer of 2003. Prior to his arrival in Hilo, Russell was an assistant professor of music at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. He taught violin and viola, coordinated the chamber music program and conducted the University Symphony Orchestra. He was also a member of the Kennard Trio, the University’s Resident Piano Trio. Russell has presented solo recitals, concertos, chamber music and symphony orchestra programs to critical acclaim throughout the Midwest, Pacific Northwest and Southwest United States as well as in northern Mexico and Peru. He is currently teaching strings at Kamehameha Schools Hawaii and maintains a private studio of violin and viola students.

Madeline Schatz, the conductor and director of Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra, 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, Oregon, 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.

About the concert:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 (1844)
by Felix Mendelssohn
About the composer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Mendelssohn
About the music:http://lasr.cs.ucla.edu/geoff/prognotes/mendelssohn/violinCon.html

Symphony No. 41 in C major “Jupiter”, K. 551 (1788)
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
About the composer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozart
About the music: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._41_%28Mozart%29

Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major, BWV 1048 (1721)
by Johann Sebastian Bach
About the composer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bach
About the music: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandenburg_Concertos#Brandenburg_Concerto_No.3_in_G_major.2C

For more information, please contact Kaori Mitani 808-896-2153, kaorim@aloha.net

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