December 31, 2012
Winners of the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra’s Second Annual Concerto Competition will be featured in a with the orchestra in a concert at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows Pavilion on Sunday, January 20, 2013. The concert, which begins at 4:00 pm., will open with the orchestra playing Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92”. Then, accompanied by the orchestra, Eugene Son will perform “Piano Concerto No. 1” (1st movement) by Felix Mendelssohn and NoeBaladad will play “Piano Concerto No. 2” (1st movement) by Camille Saint-Saens. Evan Lin will be the soloist for Sergei Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” (1st movement). Admission to the concert is free.
The CanoeHouse at the Mauna Lani has created a special “Chef’s Choice” set menu for people attending the concert. The KPO set menu will immediately follow the concert. CanoeHouse Chef de Cuisine Allen Hess has developed a Hawaiian plantation style menu focusing on Island fresh sustainable ingredients. The Chef’s Choice menu is available at the fixed price of $100 per person, not including tax and beverage. For reservations call 808 881 7911, please mention that you would like to reserve a table for the KPO Chef’s Special. Click HERE for a complete menu of the special.
With this performance of Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7”, which the composer considered one of his best works, the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra will have nearly accomplished their goal of playing all of his nine symphonies. The four movement work, known for its use of rhythmic devices suggestive of dance, was completed in 1812, and debuted in Vienna on December 8, 1813 with some of the best musicians of the day in the orchestra and Beethoven conducting. The second movement, Allegretto, which features two beautiful melodies played against each other by various sections of the orchestra, was encored at the debut, and became so popular it is frequently performed separately from the whole symphony. And the energetic pace of the fourth movement, Allegro con brio, often inspires orchestral performers to feel it is emblematic of the perfect symphony.
Eugene Son, 11, of Waipahu, has studied piano with Dr. Thomas Yee of Honolulu for six years. He chose the first movement of Mendelssohn’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor,
Op. 25” for the concerto competition since it appealed to him most out of the works his instructor suggested. The concerto, which premiered in Munich in October 1831, featured several performance techniques unusual for the day. In the first movement, the piano enters after only a few bars of orchestral accompaniment, and contains several sections of improvisations, a specialty of Mendelssohn. Son, who is also a cellist and has played with the Honolulu Youth Symphony, worked on the piece for a year, and is looking forward to the opportunity to perform it with an orchestra.
NoeBaladad, 15, is a tenth grader at Kaiser High School on Oahu, and has studied piano with Dr. Yee for the last ten years. She did not really care for the first movement of Saint-Saens’ “Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor” when she began practicing it a year ago, but quickly grew to love it as she learned it. Considered Saint-Saens’ most popular piano concerto, the piece was composed in three weeks and premiered in 1868. Baladad’s emotionally evocative rendition of the composition wowed concerto competition judges Doug Johnson, a Waimea teacher & percussionist; Adrienne Cherry, a North Kohala piano teacher, music educator & musician; and Karen Marie Garrett, a Waikoloa-based internationally-known composer & pianist, who were having a difficult time picking a winner from the talented pool of performers in her age group. This is not the first time Baladad, an aspiring professional musician, has played with an orchestra, but she considers every opportunity to do so very valuable, and is excited to play with the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra.
Evan Lin, 17, is in his last year at Punahou School, and has been studying piano with Joanna Fan of Honolulu for 12 years. Although most of Lin’s experience is in playing music of the classical period, he thinks Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major” fits his personality much better, and very much enjoyed preparing the first movement, beginning last May, for the concerto competition. The composition is Prokofiev’s best-known concerto and was completed in 1921, expanding on a theme with variations he composed in 1913. This modern piece features Prokofiev’s trademark punctuation of lyrical musical passages with witty dissonances by the piano soloist, while the orchestral accompaniment rises above background to maintain a balanced partnership with the solo. Lin’s performance of the difficult, dramatic concerto left Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra music director Dr. Madeline Schatz commenting, “I think I saw smoke coming off the keyboard when he played!” Although Lin has also played with an orchestra before, he sees the concert as a chance to further exhibit the results of his hard work, add to his experiences as a soloist and help him attain his goal of playing music professionally.
Generous sponsors such as the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows have been invaluable to our continuing efforts to provide live, high quality orchestral music to Big Island audiences at a low cost. The Dorrance Family Foundation , another major sponsor of this concert , shares a common mission of promoting music education for the young people of Hawaii. If you would also like to contribute to the future growth and improvement of our organization, your donation to our calabash, which will be in the lobby before and after the concert, would be greatly appreciated. The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society is a 501 ( c ) 3, so any donations you make to us may be tax deductible. Contributions can also be mailed to us at P.O. Box 5550, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745 or done via Paypal on our website. For more information about the Kamuela Philharmonic and our programs, please visit our new website at Kamuelaphil.org.