CanoeHouse has Special Menu for KPO Members and Patrons After the Winter Concert

The CanoeHouseThe CanoeHouse will be offering a special Chef’s Menu after the Winter Concert for KPO
$90 per person inclusive of tax, gratuity, and coffee, tea, or soft drink.
Alcohol and specialty drinks are not included.
For reservations call 808 881 7911
Please mention that you would like to reserve a table for the KPO Chef’s Special
1st Course

Butter Leaf Salad
Hawaii Island Goat Cheese, Peppercorn Brittle, Tomato, Cucumber, Brown
Butter Lilikoi Vinaigrette
Furikake Crusted Ono
Seared Rare, Uncle Les’ Fern Shoot Salad, Tempura Green Beans, Ginger Dressing
Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup
House Bacon, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Garlic Croutons
Main Course

Salt & Pepper Daily Catch
JD Farms Asparagus and Candied Garlic, Sweet Corn Milk, Spicy Corn Polenta
Pulehu Pork Ribs
Spicy Soy, Organic Pineapple Baked Beans, Edamame, House Citrus Slaw
Pipi, Canoe House Dry Aged Tenderloin
Pressure Cooked Ali’i Mushrooms, Baked Potato Mash, Singapore Pepper Sauce

Choice of current dessert menu
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Second Annual Concerto Competition Winners to Perform at Winter Concert

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

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.

Noe BaladadNoeBaladad, 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 LinEvan 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

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Auction Items for KPO Valentine’s Day Fundraiser Gathering Momentum

John and Hope Keawe Play Hawaiian Love songs with KPOLocal business owners are rising to the challenge to provide some desirable items for the upcoming KPO Fundraiser in February.  If John Keawe, playing Hawaiian love songs along with the orchestra, and Hope Keawe dancing her beautiful hula isn’t enough to entice supporters to join us for this gala evening, then the auction items are sure to add spice to the pie.

The KPO Board of Directors has been working tirelessly to give business owners the opportunity to share their goods to support the fundraiser.

Golfers will be especially interested in the several golf packages, including a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a round of golf for 4 at the ultra-exclusive Nanea Golf Course, valued at $1,200!

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Click here to peruse auction items

How often does one get a chance to tour the volcano by helicopter? Take your Valentine on a tour of the volcano and waterfalls, compliments of Blue Hawaiian!

Check out the array of other options on our new website, and call Mark Danderson at 325-9415 to add the greatly appreciated support of your business to this worthy cause.

Each business supporter is listed on the auction page, on their own individual page, and on the Links page of the website.  To purchase tickets online, click here.

We are all excited at the upcoming event, and look forward to seeing you there.

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Christmas Concerto at HIlton Waikoloa Village

November 27, 2012


Christmas Concerto at Hilton Waikoloa

This Christmas Concert has been planned as a thank you to the resort for that assistance, and as a way to spread holiday cheer to both resort guests and local supporters of the orchestra.  Admission to the concert, which begins at 7:00 pm, is free, and audience members can have their parking tickets validateded at the concert to receive a reduced parking fee of $5.00.  A no-host bar featuring beer, wine and soft drinks will be available.

“Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8” was composed around 1690 as one of  “Twelve concerto grossi, Op. 6” comissioned by Corelli’s patron Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni, and published as part of this work after the composer’s death. The score is notated “Fatto per la notte di Natale” (“Made for the night of Christmas”), so it is commonly known as his “Christmas Concerto” and  has become one of Corelli’s most popular works. The six movement concerto, scored for two concertina violins and cello, with accompaniment by strings and continuo, will showcase the talents of concertmaster Ursula Vietze, first violinist Ray Broginni, and principal cellist Herb Mahelona.

Holiday Concerto at Hilton WaikolaAntonio Vivaldi’s “Le quattro stagioni”, (“The Four Seasons”) composed in 1723, is among the most familiar pieces of baroque music, and Vivaldi’s best-known work. Vivaldi, who was highly  inventive and avant-garde for his time, introduced the concept of instrumental music that tells a story or paints a picture with these compositions, a set of four violin concertos depicting the four seasons of  spring, summer, fall and winter.  First published in 1725 as part of a set of “Twelve concerti, Op. 8” titled “Il cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventione”,

2012 Christmas Concerto (“The Contest Between Harmony and Invention”), each concerto is in three movements, with a slow movement in between two fast movements.  As a violin virtuoso, Vivaldi extended the technique of the instrument,  illustrated by the complexity of the solo parts for these concertos.  First violinist Michael Russell will reprise his spectacular performance of “Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, “L’inverno” (“Winter”), first played with the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra in October 2005, for this concert.

Thanks for all you do!With the help of generous sponsors like the Hilton Waikoloa Village, which has once again offered the perfect venue and other assistance for this event, and many others who selflessly donate their time and resources to promote the Kamuela Philharmonic, the orchestra looks forward to creating more great classical music performances for local audiences in the future

Your support is truly appreciated.The orchestra is striving to promote local music education and introduce their music to diverse audiences by continuing to keep admission to concerts free.  Since the group is a 501 (3) c nonprofit, any contribution you might wish to make to this effort, in our calabash at our concerts, or through our website:, may be tax deductible and would be greatly appreciated.

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Ninth Concert Season Begins at Hilton Waikoloa’s Grand Ballroom

The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society
P.O. Box 5550, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745

21. September 2012

The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra will open its ninth season with a concert at Hilton Waikoloa Village’s Grand Ballroom, on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm. Internationally known violinist Rosalie Macmillan will join the orchestra once again, this time performing the “Violin Concerto in D major, Opus 77” by Johannes Brahms. Also on the program are “Il Matrimonio Segreto,Overture” by Domenico Cimarosa and “Symphony No.104” by Franz Joseph Haydn. Admission to the concert is free, and audience members who have their parking stubs stamped after the concert will receive a $5.00 reduced parking fee from Hilton Waikoloa Village. A no-host bar featuring wine, beer and soft drinks will be available.

Rosalie Macmillan has won over audiences around the globe since her solo orchestral debut at age 13 with the Utah Symphony. Her first place finishes at national and international violin competitions led her to a career as a concert violinist, giving recital tours in South America, Europe, South Africa, Canada and throughout the United States. On tour with the BYU Chamber Orchestra to Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Russia, she had the opportunity to perform at the famous Cairo Opera House and the Bolshoi Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Appearances as a featured soloist in ballet, ballroom dance, theater and film productions, as well as jazz, rock and pop concerts, have allowed her to share her talent and interest in classical music with new audiences.

Macmillan’s solo repertoire for violin includes works by more than 30 composers, and she has an extensive repertoire for solo violin and orchestra, as well. She has appeared regularly with conductor Joseph Silverstein and the Utah Symphony, and has also soloed with theWestminster Chamber Orchestra, Brigham Young University Philharmonic, Utah Chamber Orchestra, Murray Symphony, Oquirrh Mountain Symphony, UVU Chamber Orchestra, Mormon Youth Symphony, Sundance Theater Orchestra, and Granite Youth Symphony. In addition, she has been on the faculty of the Violin Making School of America since 1998 and of the Utah Valley University since 2007. Macmillan plays a 1726 Montagnana violin with a Dominique Peccatte bow, on loan from a generous sponsor.

Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Musical Director Dr. Madeline Schatz gratefully accepted her former student Macmillan’s offer to again perform with the orchestra during a “vacation” in Hawaii. Dr. Schatz asked her to perform the “Violin Concert in D major, Opus 77” which was composed by Johannes Brahms in 1878 and dedicated to his friend violinist Joseph Joachim. The concerto, which is in three movements, was Brahms’ only violin concerto. Joachim, who premiered it in 1879 along with the Beeethoven Violin Concerto, called it one of the four greatest German violin concerti, and parts of the piece clearly play homage to Beethoven’s work.

The overture to the opera “Il Matrimonio Segreto” is the most well known work of Domenico Cimarosa. He was the most famous and popular Italian opera composer of the second half of the eighteenth centruy, and over the course of his highly successful career, he composed more than 65 operas, as well as a significant number of instrumental pieces and works for the church. Some of his other operas continue to enjoy occasional staging, and his overtures are considered remarkable for their melodic invention and sheer vitality, but “Il Matrimonio Segreto” is one of only a handful of operas of the period never to have left the opera repertory.

“Symphony No. 104” was Franz Joseph Haydn’s final symphony. Haydn is often called “Father of the Symphony” and “Father of the String Quartet” because of his important contributions to these musical forms. He was one of the most prominent and prolific composers of the Classical period, a close friend of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a teacher of Ludwig van Beethoven. This symphony was completed in 1795, and premiered in London, so it has became known as his “London Symphony”. Like many other compositions in Haydn’s “popular style”, elements of folk music were incorporated into this piece, which retains a learned and rigorous musical structure, along with great popular appeal.

As in past years, this concert will be part of the Daniel Pearl Foundation’s World Music Days, held each October in memory of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002, shortly after 9/11. Pearl, a writer and gifted musician, attempted to build bridges between diverse cultures, and is remembered and admired as a symbol of hope. Daniel Pearl Music Days uses the power of music to inspire respect for differences and promote tolerance. The event has grown to encompass more than 4900 performance in 10 countries, and the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to be a part of it.

With the help of generous sponsors like Hilton Waikoloa Village, which has offered the perfect venue and other assistance for this event, and talented performers like Rosalie Macmillan and others, who selflessly donate their services to promote the Kamuela Philharmonic, the orchestra looks forward to creating more great classical music performances for local audiences in the future. The orchestra is also striving to promote local music education and introduce their music to diverse audiences by keeping admission to concerts free. Since the group is a 501 (3) c nonprofit, any contribution you might wish to make to this effort, in our calabash at our concerts, by mail or through our website:, may be tax deductible and would be greatly appreciated.

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Annual Concert Competition

The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society
P.O. Box 5550, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745

25. July 2012

Kamuela Philharmonic Posts Applications for 2nd Annual Concerto Competition

The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra announces its 2nd Annual Concert Competition to be held November 3rd and 4th, 2012. The competition is open to all persons not older than 18 years. The application for the competition can be downloaded here (doc) or here (pdf).

Note: the Application Deadline is Monday, 1. October 2012. This is not a postmark deadline.

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Spring Concert ~ 2012

The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society
P.O. Box 5550, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745

20. March 2012

Kamuela Philharmonic announces Spring Concert, April 1, 2012

The Kamuela Philhamonic Orchestra’s 2011-2012 concert season will conclude with a program featuring the works of P.D.Q. Bach. Audience favorites such as Unbegun SymphonyEine Kleine Nichtmusic and Beethoven Symphony 5: New Horizons in Music Appreciation (with Lyman Medeiros as narrator) will be performed by the full orchestra, and the concert will also include several works for small ensembles, such asSonata for Viola 4 Hands and Schleptet.It would be foolish to miss this concert, which will begin at 4:00 pm on Sunday, April 1, 2012, at the Kahilu Theater in Waimea. Admission is free and audience members are advised to arrive no later than 3:30 pm, since space is limited.

According to the mythology created by his alter ego, Professor Peter Schickele P.D.Q. Bach was the last of famed composer J.S. Bach’s numerous offspring, possibly illegitimate or an imposter, and the family “black sheep.” Schickele’s “biography” calls the composer, who was said to have been born on April 1, 1742, “the worst musician ever to have trod organ pedals,” and claims he had no talent or musical training and only became a composer to capitalize on his famous father’s name. Due to P.D.Q Bach’s wine/women/song lifestyle, Schickele divides his life into three periods: the Intial Plunge, the Soused Period, and Contrition. During the (longest) middle period P.D.Q. concentrated on borrowing themes from the music of Haydn, Mozart and other prominent musicians of his day, and was only able to come up with original musical material when he forgot what he was stealing. He did compose music for some rather unusual instruments, such as the left-handed sewer flute, the windbreaker and the bicycle. But if not for the efforts of Professor Schickele, who in 1957 discovered “Sanka Cantata” being used as a coffee strainer by the caretaker in an old Bavarian castle, and has since collected an additional four score of his scores, P.D.Q. Bach would have faded into well-deserved oblivion after his “death” in 1807.

Professor Schickele has been entertaining audiences in performances of these works with more than fifty orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra, since 1965. His self-contained show The Intimate P.D.Q. Bach, with Music Antiqua, has played nationwide, and Schickele’s Telarc discs, P.D.Q. Bach:1712 Overture and Other Musical AssaultsOedipus Tex and Other Choral CalamitiesWTWP-Classical Talkity-Talk Radio and Music for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion earned Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album of the Year from 1990 to 1993. Random House has published multiple editions of Schickele’s The Definitive Biography of P.D.Q. Bach, and Vanguard has released 11 albums of P.D.Q. Bach performances. He continues to tour with two new programs, P.D.Q. Bach: The Vegas Years and P.D.Q. Bach and Peter Schickele: The Jekyll and Hyde Tour.

During her days as a student, Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra musical director, Dr. Madeline Schatz, enrolled summers at the Aspen Music School. One of the highlights of those summers was the residency of Professor Schickele, who had just begun his career as P.D.Q. Bach. Sitting at his concerts, she literally laughed until her sides hurt watching him perform such memorable pieces as Pervertimento for BicycleBagpipes and BalloonsConcerto for Horn and Hardart, and Concerto for Piano-vs-Orchestra, with world famous classical artists. Since then, whenever she has had the opportunity (such as the April 1 date offered to the orchestra for this concert), she has made a point of programming P.D.Q. Bach works, because they take the stuffiness out of classical music and she very much enjoys sharing Schickele’s humor. The orchestra is also looking forward to having a chance to have some fun with new takes on familiar pieces.

If you want to contribute to the future growth and improvement of our organization, and assist us in continuing to provide live, high quality orchestral music to Big Island audiences, 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.

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