The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society, Dr. Madeline Schatz, Artistic Director, announces their 2014-2015 Concert Season. “The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra is positioned to bring to the Big Island of Hawaii some of the finest classical music and soloists during this 11th season” said Dr. Schatz. “As an added bonus we will begin the season with a tribute to this beautiful place we call home. The orchestra will bring back two audience favorites for a celebration of Hawaiian life. I am personally delighted that both John Keawe and Paul Csige have agreed to join us for this concert.
On our second concert we will also present violinist Rosalie Macmillan who dazzled us a couple of seasons ago with her performance of Brahms’ beautiful violin concerto at our concert at the Hilton Hawaiian Village concert. I received so many requests for another opportunity to hear the music of these three artists.”
“A Tribute to Hawaii” is planned for 4 p.m. Sunday, October 26 at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea, and will feature the music of two artists with strong Hawaiian connections: Composer Paul Csige and slack key virtuoso John Keawe.
Paul Csige’s “VOYAGES” is a programmatic work for symphony orchestra inspired by the illustrated story “Voyage: The Discovery of Hawaii” by Herb Kawainui Kane. Like the book, “Voyages” tells the story of the Polynesians leaving their ancestral home in search of a prosperous new land that would one day be known as Hawaii. The Orchestra will perform the work in coordination with a projection of the film. Tickets for this performance may purchased by contacting the Box Office at the Kahilu Theatre (808) 885-6868, or online at kahilutheatre.org.
Paul Csige is a director, composer, video editor, sound engineer, and writer, who grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii. He holds degrees in music from Berklee College of Music in Boston in Film Scoring and another in Music Synthesis. In 2006 Csige entered the New York Film Academy with a concentration on directing, screenwriting, and cinematography. In 2007 Csige returned to Hawaii and was commissioned by the Kamuela Philharmonic to write “VOYAGES” for a January 2008 performance.
In the second half of the performance the Orchestra will be joined by guitarist and singer John Keawe. John Keawe is a songwriter and slack-key guitarist who was born on the Big Island of Hawaii, in the little town of Hawi in North Kohala. John grew up with rock and roll music and enjoyed listening to singer/songwriters. He was drawn to the sound of Hawaiian slack-key, taught himself to play this style of music, and has developed his own distinct style. Through the years, John has released ten recordings under the label of Homestead Productions.
Young children will receive the perfect introduction to the sound of the orchestra when the Kahilu Philharmonic presents the musical tale of “Peter and the Wolf,” Tuesday, October 28 at 9 and 10:30 a.m. at the Kahilu Theatre.
Written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936, “Peter and the Wolf” tells the story of a young boy who, ignoring his grandfather’s warnings, goes off in search of a big, grey wolf. During his journey through the forest, Peter befriends a bird, a duck and a cat, all of whom help him during his fearsome wolf encounter.
Each character in the story is represented by a different instrument and musical theme, allowing children to learn the distinct sounds made by orchestral instruments.
In a return engagement, violinist Rosalie Macmillan will perform the Beethoven Violin Concerto at 4 p.m. Sunday, January 25 at the Hilton Waikoloa. Ms. Macmillan has performed as a soloist across the United States and Europe, and last performed with the Kamuela Philharmonic in 2008. She is a former student of Dr. Schatz.
Also included in this performance will be the “Siegfried Idyll” by Richard Wagner. Composed as a “symphonic birthday greeting” for his beloved wife Cosima, the “Siegfried Idyll” marries the private and public sides of one of the most famous composers of the nineteenth century, and is his only instrumental composition that is regularly performed. Tickets for this concert can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006, or online at brownpapertickets.com.
At 4 p.m. March 22, 2015 at the Kahilu Theatre the final regular season performance will be “A Salute to Youth” and will feature winners of the Kamuela Philharmonic’s Fourth Annual Concerto Competition for artists 18 and younger. This year’s Competition is open to pianists, and performers of wind, brass, and percussion instruments.
The second half of the March concert will feature Symphony No. 5 in E-minor by Tchaikovsky. Composed in the summer of 1888, the fifth symphony has become an audience favorite and is a showcase for the entire orchestra. Tickets for this performance may purchased by contacting the Box Office at the Kahilu Theatre (808) 885-6868, or online at kahilutheatre.org.
On Monday, March 23 the Philharmonic will present a second Children’s Concert. This concert will also feature the winners of the Fourth Annual Concerto Competition for artists 18 and younger. Performances will be at 9 and 10:30 a.m.