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American Wild Ensemble (guest artists)
Friday, February 7, 2020
7:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
The American Wild Ensemble will perform on Oahu and the Big Island, premiering new works by University of Hawaii composers Takuma Itoh and Michael-Thomas Foumai, professor emeritus Byron Yasui, and Hawaii-born composer Tonia Ko, as well as additional works from their repertoire. Each of these new compositions explores an aspect of Hawaiian wildlife, geography, or culture, meant to celebrate the beauty of Hawaii and raise awareness about environmental issues and efforts throughout the state and beyond. Takuma Itoh’s new piece, Adaptation Variations, is supported by a grant from Chamber Music America. Performances will take place at University of Hawaii-Manoa, UH Lyon Arboretum, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and additional schools around Honolulu. For more information, please visit
Michael-Thomas Foumai: E Mālama i ke kai (2019)
Byron Yasui: Dance of the Goddess Pelehonuamea (2019))
Tonia Ko: Covers and Uncovers (2016))
Mason Bates: Life of Birds (2008))
Takuma Itoh: Adaptation Variations (2019))
Tonia Ko: New work, title TBD (2019))
Free Admission
Music students: this concert is eligible for Mus 199 concert attendance credit.

UHSO Pops Fundraiser @ Windward Mall
Saturday, February 8, 2020
2:00 p.m., Windward Mall
46-056 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe 96744
The UH Symphony Orchestra, Joseph Stepec conductor, is back with its popular POPS concert at Windward Mall, Saturday, February 8 at 2pm! Come listen to your favorite soundtracks from Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings and more!
Interested in supporting the orchestra? Dine in at Panda Express at Windward Mall on Saturday, February 8th and show a copy of this
online flyer at checkout! 20% of proceeds go to the UHSO! Dine in and hear the UHSO at Windward Mall, Saturday, February 8 at 2pm!


February, 2020
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Rachel Cheung, piano
Friday, February 15, 2020
7:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
presented by UHM Outreach College
Pianist Rachel Cheung won over audiences and critics alike as a finalist at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition with “the most sophisticated and compelling music-making” (Dallas Morning News) and was awarded the Audience Prize by online vote. Also a Young Steinway Artist, she continues to build a reputation for a sparkling stage presence and elegant performances across three continents. Recent and upcoming highlights include concerto performances with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Jaap van Zweden, a tour of China, Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong with the Asian Youth Orchestra, and recital tours across the United States and Europe. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Rachel is also laureate of the Leeds, Chopin, Horowitz, Gina Bachauer, and Geneva International Piano Competitions, and a graduate of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and the Yale School of Music. She awarded Artist of the Year (Music) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in May 2019.
Ms. Cheung’s program will include:
Selections from Piéces de Clavecin by Jean-Phillipe Rameau (1683-1764)
Estampes: Pagades, La soirée Grenade, Jardins sous la pluie by Calude Debussy (1862-1918)
Nocturne No. 6 is D-flat Major, op. 63 by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Impromptu No.2 in F Minor, op. 31 by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
"Toccata” from Le Tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Prélude, Fugue et Variation, op.18 by César Franck (1822-1890) and Harold Bauer (1873-1951)
Preludes, op.28 by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Tickets: $25 / $20 /$10

Music students: this concert is eligible for Mus 199 concert attendance credit.

The East-West Center Arts Program, in partnership with the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Music Department presents
Silk and Bamboo – Sankyoku Performance of Shamisen, Koto and Shakuhachi
Sunday, February 16, 2020
4:00 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
This event is part of the 2020 celebration for the 100th birthday of Professor Emerita Barbara B. Smith.
Join us for a presentation of music played on traditional Japanese instruments, ranging from the highly refined ensemble and solo music of the Edo period (1603-1868), to koto music by the famous early 20th century Japanese composer Miyagi Michio, to compositions of the late 20th century. Although the music from each of these periods differs in structure, form and instrumental technique, we hope to demonstrate how the traditional music of a culture remains alive while transforming itself into new forms.
The instruments featured are the
shamisen (three-stringed lute), the koto (13-string zither), and the shakuhachi (bamboo vertical flute). The voice is also an integral part of Japanese music. Koto and shamisen strings are traditionally made from silk, and the shakuhachi is the signature bamboo flute of Japan—hence the concert title: Silk and Bamboo.
Satomi Fukami (koto & shamisen) is a master of the traditional repertoire and continues to commission and perform contemporary works for the koto. A graduate and recently retired instructor of Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai), she has been awarded several prestigious prizes for her musical talent. She has performed around the world as well as to an appreciative audience in Japan.
Christopher Yohmei Blasdel (shakuhachi) is a shakuhachi performer, ethnomusicologist, educator and writer. A graduate of Tokyo University of the Arts, he has performed in Japan and around the world, maintaining a balance between traditional shakuhachi music, modern compositions and cross-genre work with musicians, dancers, poets and visual artists. He is currently an adjunct lecturer in Japanese music at UH Mānoa.
Tickets: $20 / $15 / $10

Music students: this concert is eligible for Mus 199 concert attendance credit.

Three for One – Aesthetics of Korea: Picturing the Future through Tradition
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
7:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
Among the various Korean traditional musical cultures, pansori is the highlight of the vocal genres and sinawi and sanjo are the pinnacle of the instrumental genres. Professional musicians from Jeonju, Republic of Korea, which is the hometown of traditional culture, present instrumental performances including sanjo, sinawi, and Jindo ssitgimgu. This performance features Jung Mi Seo on the daeguem (a large transverse bamboo flute), Hye Jeong Jang on the ajaeng (a bowed zither), Eun Sun Baek on the gayageum (a 12-stringed zither) and Jin Hee Park on the janggu (an hour-glass shaped drum). They invite the audience to a memorable performance utilizing the harmonization of diverse melodies.
Free Admission
Music students: this concert is eligible for Mus 199 concert attendance credit.

Riley Lee & Enigma Quartet
Friday, February 21, 2020
7:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
Part of the Honolulu Chamber Music Series
shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) master, Riley Lee, and the Sydney-based Enigma Quartet join forces to present the Honolulu premier of Five Elements, a concert inspired by the five universal elements of earth, air, water, fire and ether. Enjoy a musical journey that combines meditative sounds and gestures of the shakuhachi with the rich harmonic palette of the string quartet as they present commissioned and selected works by Australia’s leading composers.
Five Elements will take you on kaleidoscopic journey through the Australian landscape that traverses universal concepts linking humanity to our natural environment and spiritual core through music.
Drawing inspiration from the belief in many ancient cultures that the entire universe was made of just five fundamental elements, earth, air, water, fire and ether, Riley Lee and the Enigma Quartet have commissioned and selected music from Australia’s finest compositional voices to present a strikingly original concert.
The program allows audiences to experience new sound worlds created through the union of the meditative sounds and gestures of the shakuhachi and the rich harmonic palette of the string quartet, a convergence of Eastern Zen Buddhism with Western Classicism.
Five Elements features pieces by composers such as Ross Edwards, David Hirschfelder, Anne Boyd and Katy Abbott amongst many other luminaries and alongside existing music by Peter Sculthorpe.
Tickets: $45 General Admission / $20 Students

Music students: this concert is eligible for Mus 199 concert attendance credit.

So Hyung Kim, piano (guest artist)
Saturday, February 22, 2020
7:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
So Hyung Kim is Professor of Piano at Dong-Eui University. She received a Bachelor degree in Piano Performance from Busan National University, a Master’s in Piano Performance from the Boston Conservatory, an Artist Diploma in piano performance from University of Hartford, and a doctorate in Integrative Arts Therapy from Dongduk Women’s University.
She has performed numerous recitals throughout Korea. Her performance in Orvis Auditorium will feature arrangements of Korean Songs and popular classical tunes.
This concert is co-sponsored by the UHM Center for Korean Studies and the UHM Music Department.
Free Admission
Music students: this concert is eligible for Mus 199 concert attendance credit.
Daeniel Tiamzon, clarinet (junior recital)
Thursday, February 27, 2020
1:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
Daeniel Tiamzon, a student of James Moffitt, will present a recital in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Bachelor of Music in Performance.
Free Admission

Goitse (go-wit-cha)
Saturday, February 29, 2020
7:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
presented by UHM Outreach College
The popular and multi-award-winning quintet Goitse was forged in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick’s Irish World Academy. Named Live Ireland’s “Traditional Group of the Year”, Chicago Irish American News’ “Group of the Year”, as well as winning the prestigious “Freiburger International Leiter 2016” award in Germany, Goitse have become a leader of the new generation of traditional Irish ensembles.
Tickets: $25 / $20 /$10

Music students: this concert is eligible for Mus 199 concert attendance credit.

Coming in March...
UH Bands Spring Concert
UH Saxophone Choir
UH Opera Workshop in Concert
UH Chamber Singers
Calder Quartet (Honolulu Chamber Music Series)
Kojiro Umezaki and Hub New Music
student recitals by James Bradley Thompson, piano; Casandra Ancheta, saxophone; Joshua Chang, cello; James Finamore, composer
Visit for a complete listing of Music Department events.
The Music Department is located at 2411 Dole Street, Honolulu, HI 96822, (at the corner of University Ave.) on the campus of the University of Hawai'i - Mānoa. Our web address

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