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Recent Events

Educational Activities for the 2016-2017 season  
salieri Maligned Master Salieri
Sept. 14, 2017
hough Stephen Hough, piano
Oct. 25, 2017
peabody Peabody Consort
Nov. 14, 2017
lark Tessa Lark and Amy Yang
Jan. 10, 2018
latinoamericano Quarteto Latinoamericano
Jan. 30, 2018
rafale Trio Rafale
Mar. 6, 2018
joyce Joyce Yang, piano
May 9, 2018






This season the Concert Society's educational activities are reaching well over one thousand students in East Hawai`i. Your contributions are allowing 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 youth.

In September, the dancers and musicians from Okinawa performed for and spoke with dance students at U. H. Hilo. We invited the local Okinawan community to attend the reception following the public performance, and many were there to meet the dancers and musicians. In October the Wayward Sisters brought their music and baroque instruments to Malamalama Waldorf School. Ninety-seven enthusiastic students and teachers were in attendance. Afterwards, as shown below, the students had time to interact personally with the musicians. Malamalama students learn to play the recorder, and some of them performed an impromptu concert for the Sisters after the formal educational service ended.

In January pianist Steven Osborne gave a master class with six young student pianists performing and receiving guidance from him. Clarinetist Jean Johnson, Steven's wife, met with the attentive band students at Kamehameha School. A highlight was Jean showing the students how to generate the introductory clarinet glissando in Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. The Eroica Trio also visited Kamehameha School in February, and they and the students bonded strongly; several students attended the public concert despite the pressures of homework and other activities.

HCS organized and sponsored two performances of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel by Hawaii Opera Theatre, at Kamehameha Schools and in the UHH Performing Arts Center, the latter attended by 550 students and their teachers. Thanks to the efforts of Board member Cindy Debus, the students were very well prepared; it was heart-warming to hear them sing along with (and put their hearts into) famous songs from that opera, especially the Evening Prayer.

Finally, the Eden Stell Guitar Duo performed and and discussed guitars and music with Wendell Ing's and Yvonemusic Yokoe's students at Hilo High School in May.

Upon the recommendation of the U.H. Hilo Performing Arts Department, the Concert Society's annual scholarship was awarded to voice students Esther Frost and Taylor-Keahi Macomber.

We thank our members, who made all of this possible. We are already planning outreach events with some of next season's artists.

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