Sept. 24, 2015
||Zemlinsky String Quartet
Oct. 20, 2015
||Nakamatsu and Spring Wind Quintet
Jan. 20, 2016
||Hawaii Opera Theatre
Feb. 3, 2016
||Juan Siddi Flamenco
March 1, 2016
March 16, 2016
||Soyeon Lee Ran Dank
May 10, 2016
This season the Concert Society's educational activities are reaching
approximately one-thousand students in East Hawai`i. Your contributions
allowed students to see, hear and learn about fine music and dance, and
are especially important because our educational presentations and
student discounts provide some of the only such opportunities available
to many of our community's youth.
In September Fandango visited Chiefess Kapiolani School, where the
musicians were enthusiastically embraced by the students (see top
image). In October the Zemlinsky String Quartet gave an unusual master
class for Cathy Young's string ensemble. One member of the quartet
conducted; the other three joined the violin, viola, and cello sections
(second image). It was a thrill to see the communication between the
Czech professionals and the Big Island amateurs, and the marked
improvement of the ensemble's playing during the rehearsal.
In January the Spring Wind Quintet presented an educational program at
Keaukaha School for roughly 100 students. In February members of Hawai`i
Opera Theatre met with U.H. Hilo voice students, not to coach them in
singing, but to share with them their career stories and experiences.
In March Juan Siddi Flamenco performed some of the same dances that we
saw in the public concert for 4th-6th grade students from public and
charter schools from Hilo to Puna. Almost 600 children and their
teachers filled the U.H. Hilo Performing Arts Center. As shown below
(third image), many were invited onto the stage for an introductory
flamenco dance lesson.
Also in March Tessa Lark gave a master class for violin students. Those
of you who saw and heard her connect with the audience during her public
concert will understand how easily she established rapport with each
student during the class (bottom image).
We look forward to the master class that Ran Dank will give for piano
students in May.
Upon the recommendation of the U.H. Hilo Performing Arts Department, the
Concert Society's annual $500 scholarship was awarded to Performing Arts
student and clarinetist Michael Voight.
We thank our members, who made all of this possible. We are already
planning outreach events with some of next season's artists.