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

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

1. August 2008


Dear Friends of the Kamuela Philharmonic:

Your Board of Directors and the members of the Kamuela Philharmonic are looking forward to our fourth full season of fine orchestral music for residents of and visitors to the Big Island, and we’ve planned some exciting concerts with classical masterworks by Beethoven, Mozart, Bizet, and Smetana, among others. And if your favorite number is three, you’re in luck, because there are many threes in our plans.

We’ll open our season on Sunday, September 21 (note that 9 and 21 are multiples of 3) with an all Beethoven program: Leonore Overture #3, and the Symphony #3 (“Eroica”). Then, on January 11, we’ll begin the concert with the Overture to Die Fledermaus, by Johann Strauss Jr., the “Waltz King.” Listen for the third and fourth themes, which are in 3/4 time. We’ll continue with “The Moldau,” by Smetana, and conclude the concert with Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #3 (the famous “Rach 3”) featuring Boris Konavalov as soloist.

And we’re not finished with our “threes.” On March 29 (the third month of 2009), we’ll open with Mozart’s Symphony #39 (another multiple of 3), continue with the Tuba Concerto by Vaughan-Williams, with soloist and Big Island resident Garry Russell (note that tubas have three valves), and conclude with Bizet’s Symphony in C.

But that’s still not all! On November 16, we’ll play another “pops” concert at the Kona Inn oceanfront lawn as the closing event of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. In January (precise date to be announced) Maestro Konavalov will perform in a special fundraising recital, and on February 10, our island’s keiki will be treated to a special performance of Tubby The Tuba. One final possibility – a Fourth of July concert at the new Queen’s Marketplace Amphitheatre in the Waikoloa Resort!

Of course, all of our regular season concerts are free of charge, because we believe it’s important to remove the financial barriers many face to hear live, orchestral music. Nevertheless, we have expenses, including costs for music, housing and airfare for off-island musicians, and administration, so our Board of Directors has been actively seeking grants and donations. And though our professional musicians have been donating their time and talent, we believe it’s important and appropriate to recognize the many years of dedication, practice and training by compensating them for their efforts in our behalf. If you’d like to contribute to help us continue to present classical music concerts, we invite you to send a check, payable to the Kamuela Philharmonic, to PO Box 6682, Kamuela, HI 96743, or, if you prefer, through PayPal on this website. Because we are a charitable organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, your contributions are deductible for income tax purposes.

Joel Gimpel
President, Board of Directors

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