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MARCH 2020

UH Bands Spring Concert
Sunday, March 1, 2020
4:00 p.m., McKinley High School Auditorium
UH Wind Ensemble
Jeffrey Boeckman, conductor
UH Symphonic Band
Adam Kehl, conductor
Join the UH Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band in concert, featuring the world premiere of a new work by composer Alex Shapiro and the premiere of the wind band version of Takuma Itoh's
Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds.
Tickets: $14 / $10 (no additional fees)

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

UH Saxophone Choir
Monday, March 2, 2020
7:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
The UH Saxophone Choir celebrates its 24th season under the direction of Todd Yukumoto with the largest group in its history. Special guest artists Allan & Megan Ward, and the legendary saxophonist Allen Won join the performance, which will also feature the Kawananakoa Middle School Saxophone Quartet, the Pearl City High School Saxophone Quintet, and the Hawaii High School Saxophone Ensemble.
Tickets: $12 / $8

music students: this concert is eligible for Mus 199 attendance credit

UH Opera Workshop in Concert
Friday, March 6, 2020
7:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
with guest artist José Meléndez, pianist and music director
A program of arias and duets from operas by Bellini, Gounod, Herrmann, Korngold, Rossini, Strauss, and Verdi
Tickets: $12 / $8 (no additional fees) / UHM music majors free

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

James Bradley Thompson, piano (master’s recital)
Saturday, March 7, 2020
7:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
James Bradley Thompson
, a student of Dr. Thomas Yee, will present a recital in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Music in Performance.
Free Admission

Joshua Chang, cello (junior recital)
Thursday, March 12, 2020
1:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
Joshua Chang
, a student of Dr. I-Bei Lin, will present a recital in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Bachelor of Music in Performance.
Free Admission

UH Chamber Singers / UH Faculty String Quartet
Jace Saplan, conductor
Friday, March 13, 2020
7:30 p.m., The Lutheran Church of Honolulu
Come to the Lutheran Church of Honolulu to hear the Hawai’i premiere of Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard.
Free admission

Three Worlds in One Band: Grooves for Korean, Japanese and Western Instruments
Friday, March 13, 2020
7:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
*** Due to travel restrictions and health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, this concert has been canceled. ***

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

Calder Quartet (Honolulu Chamber Music Series)
Saturday, march 14, 2020
7:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
Part of the Honolulu Chamber Music Series
Calder Quartet brings immediacy and context to the works they perform to create an artfully crafted musical experience. This exciting young American quartet performs a broad range of repertoire in venues that have included Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, and late-night TV talk shows. Winner of the prestigious 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, the quartet is constantly in demand by many leading composers to perform their works.
Mozart: String Quartet No. 14 in G Major, K. 387
Anders Hillborg: ‘Kongsgaard Variations’
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 12 in E-Flat Major, Op. 127
Tickets: $45 General Admission / $20 Students

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

Kojiro Umezaki and Hub New Music
Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 7:30 p.m.
Orvis Auditorium
Renown shakuhachi player and composer Kojiro Umezaki
of the Silk Road Ensemble and Hub New Music (called “contemporary chamber trailblazers” by the Boston Globe, consisting of flute, clarinet, violin, and cello) will be in residence at the University of Hawaii to work with the UH composition program. They will be presenting two concerts of music written for this unique pairing that builds dialogues between eastern and western musical traditions and celebrates the intercultural community.
Concert 1 (March 22 at 4pm): Works written by UH faculty composers and members of the Asia-America New Music Initiative (AANMI).
Concert 2 (March 28 at 7:30pm): The culminating concert of the residency that will include the premieres of new works written by UH composition students.
This residency is co-sponsored by the East West Center and the UH Music Department.
Music students: this concert is eligible for Mus 199 concert attendance credit.
James Finamore, composer (senior recital)
Friday, March 27, 2020
7:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
James Finamore
, a student of the UHM Composition program, will present a recital of his works in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Bachelor of Music in Composition.
Free Admission

Korea Past and Present through Music and Dance
Sunday, March 29, 2020
4:00 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
An afternoon of Korean music and dance features a variety of court, folk, traditional and contemporary pieces. The program illustrates the richness and variety of Korean culture and its artistry present in Honolulu. This event is part of the 2020 celebration for the 100th birthday of Professor Emerita Barbara B. Smith. The dances are from the lineage of dance master Halla Pai Huhm, who established the oldest extant Korean dance school in Hawaiʻi. The music presents traditions of the court, the village, and the concert stage.
The dances include the refined "Mugi" recalling the courts of the Yi Dynasty (founded 1392); "Sinjang Kori" is based upon shamanistic ritual and lively drum dances draw upon various folk genres in which the performers both dance and drum. The music selections feature the traditional Korean stringed instruments
gayageum 12-stringed zither, the geomungo fretted zither, and the haegeum 2-stringed fiddle with accompaniment by the janggo hourglass drum.
A contemporary piece uses the modern 25-stringed zither. "Cheonnyeon manse" comes from the court repertoire for chamber ensemble. "Sanjo" is the celebrated virtuoso solo form from Cholla province that transports a soloist through a number of increasingly faster rhythmic patterns. Lina Kim plays "Sanjo" on the fretted zither
geomungo. A contemporary composition "Arirang" by Gye-Ok Kim will be performed by Hae-In Lee on the 25-string zither. A medley of familiar folk tunes by the musicians and dancers concludes the program.
Free admission.
Music students: this concert is eligible for Mus 199 concert attendance credit.

Coming in April...
Fauré Requiem UH Concert Choir / Central Union Oratorio Chorus
Joe Alessi, trombone (guest artist)
SOUNDS OF WIND: A lecture-concert on Korean Wind Instruments
UH Concert Choir and Chamber Singers
Gamelan Music of Java and Bali
UH Jazz Ensemble
Student Composers Symposium
UH Bands Chamber Groups
UH Contemporary Music Ensemble
Piano-Instrumental Collaboration concert
student recitals by Michael May, saxophone; Kathy Kwock, piano; Brandon Hamilton, piano; Emily Vidler, soprano; Johnathan De Soto Jr, tuba; Jerilyn Ornellas, soprano; Mike Matrasko, trumpet; Alyssa Hironaka, piano; Joseph Nakamoto, trombone; Jalen Baraoidan, clarinet; Maria Carmichael, soprano; Jie Gao, piano; Jonathan-Michael Palompo, tenor; Samuel Chen, piano; Morgan Bernat, mezzo soprano; Rana Harada, violin; Eleanor Bennett-White, soprano; Honybal Sosa, Jr., guitar
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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