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EMH endeavors to provide as complete a listing as possible of upcoming early music events in Hawaii – concerts, workshops, significant church services and more – featuring local musicians or visiting artists. This web page is updated periodically and we also send out listings by e-mail. If you would like to receive these listings, simply click on the Join Our Email List icon at the bottom of the page. Our aim is to promote attendance at these events and increase appreciation of early music in Hawaii. We ask event sponsors to email announcements to and attach promotional materials, such as posters, when available.


Early Music Hawaii
Concert Series 2015-2016

Musica Poetica

The term "Musica Poetica" applies in one form or another to
every concert in the 2015-2016 EMH Series. Invented by 17thC
German composers and theorists, it expresses composition in
terms of classical rhetoric and poetry, replacing the traditional
"musica theoretica" or "musica practica" of the Renaissance.

Our signature September concert titled Musica Poetica is a direct
tribute to this German inspiration. In November, El Siglo de Oro
celebrates both poetry and drama; in January 2016, the group
Hesperus plays medieval music appropriate for the silent movies.
Finally, in  2016, the Early Music Hawaii Choir contrasts the
poetry of early madrigals with contemporary compositions.


Tickets for individual concerts will be available for purchase 30 days in advance
online at or at the door on the day of the performance.



Thursday, November 12, 2015 • 7:00 pm
Queen Emma Community Center, Kealakekua

Saturday, November 14, 2015 • 7:30 pm
Lutheran Church of Honolulu

Special appearance (donations only)
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 • 7:00 pm
Kahilu Theater Gallery, Waimea

El Siglo de Oro
Treasures from the Golden Age of Spanish Culture

El Mundo

Nell Snaidas, Janelle DeStefano
Paul Shipper, John Lutterman
Richard Savino, director
(voices, guitars, viola da gamba, theorbo, percussion)

Grammy-nominated El Mundo returns to Hawai'i with a sparkling program spanning two centuries of the Golden Age of Spanish culture - poetic songs and sacred villancicos from the famous early songbooks, the seductive rhythms of Spanish dance, dramatic duets for sopranos from classical theater and from Spain's answer to the Italian opera, the popular and lively Zarzuela.

General seating $25; Students with ID $10
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(Entrance to Kahilu Theater performance by donation at the door only)




Thursday, January 21, 2016 • 7:00 pm
Queen Emma Community Center, Kealakekua

Saturday, January 23, 2016 • 7:00 pm
Lutheran Church of Honolulu

Early Music - Early Movies
Period music for Gems of the Silent Screen


Renowned for many years as performers of medieval and early renaissance music, the members of Ensemble Hesperus have more recently developed a special repertory of period music for live accompaniment of classic silent movies. Nell Snaidas, Tina Chancey, Grant Herreid and Kathryn Montoya sing and play a dizzying array of period instruments.

In Kealakekua, medieval music from France will accompany the 1923 production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, with Lon Chaney.

In Honolulu, English music from the time of Henry VIII and before will accompany the 1922 production of Robin Hood, with Douglas Fairbanks.

Kealakekua: All general seating $25

Honolulu: Preferred seating $35; General seating $25

Students with ID $10

(Tickets available online 30 days in advance)

Concerts by touring ensembles are funded in part by WESTAF, the National
Endowment for the Arts and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.



April 2016, Honolulu & Kealakekua

(Dates and times to be confirmed)

Bridging the Centuries II

The Early Music Hawaii Choir follows its popular 2014-2015 presentation of Bridging the Centuries with an a cappella program of early madrigals and more modern songs - music inspired by great poetry throughout the ages.



EMH programs are supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture
and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of
Hawaii and by the National Endowment for the Arts




Concerts Performed

Saturday, September 19, 2015 • 7:30 pm
Lutheran Church of Honolulu, 1730 Punahou St.

Musica Poetica
Inspiration for 17th century German Composers

The Early Music Hawaii Choir & Orchestra
Guest artists on period instruments from the
Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University
Director: Dana Marsh

This concert featuring pioneer German composers of the early Baroque was enthusiastically received by a near-capacity audience at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu. The Early Music Hawaii Choir & Orchestra, with guest artists on period instruments from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, were led by guest Director Dana Marsh in sacred and secular music by Schütz, Praetorius, Scheidt, Kittel, Scheidemann and others. Both the program, which introduced a number of works not previously performed in Hawaii, and the artists were praised for their outstanding interest and performance.

For this program, we returned to the fine ambience and acoustics of the Lutheran Church, honoring a great musical tradition and its long-time architect and director, the late Carl Crosier, who was also Artistic Director of EMH for three years previously.


EMH programs are supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture
and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of
Hawaii and by the National Endowment for the Arts




Early Music on Hawaii Public Radio

The Early Muse, with Ian Capps
at 9:00pm every Sunday on KHPR 88.1, KKUA 90.7 and KANO 91.1

    - October 4, 2015: John Sheppard - The year 2015 marks the 5th centenary of this early Tudor master's birth.
    - October 11, 2015: The Talent of New Spain - Spanish missionaries to the New World delighted in the musical talent of the local populations.
    - October 18, 2015: La Pellegrina - One of the most lavish wedding celebrations of all time, the marriage of the Medici Grand Duke of Florence in 1589.
    - October 25, 2015: Bachs before Bach - The Early Muse revisits the rich music of Johann Sebastian's many ancestors.

    - November 1, 2015: All Souls in 17thC Italy - We celebrate All Saints with music by Monteverdi & Zarlino, and All Souls with a short Requiem by Melani and Legrenzi's famous Dies Irae.
    - November 8, 2015: Chamber Music from 17thC Germany - Dances by Praetorius, suites by Schein and Scheidt, secular cantatas, canzons and sonatas by   Weckmann, Kittel and Rosenmüller.
    - November 15, 2015: Giovanni Legrenzi - A fresh view of the first composer of renown at St. Mark's Venice not trained by Monteverdi.
    - November 22, 2015: Honoring St. Cecilia - Odes celebrating St. Cecilia's as patron saint of music became an established tradition in late 17th century England. A transplanted Italian, Giovanni Draghi, composed one of the finest.
    - November 29, 2015: Early Tudors Rediscovered - A new recording by the Boston-based Blue Heron sings great works for Advent by Ludford and Jones from the newly edited Peterhouse Partbooks.