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Early Music Hawaii
Concert Series 2013-2014
Friday, September 27, 2013 • 7:30 pm
The Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa
712 School St., Honolulu
Sacred Drama from Rome to Handel
The Early Music Hawaii
Choir and Orchestra
Carl Crosier, Artistic Director
When Handel first visited Rome in 1707, the Oratorio form was already fully mature. Hawaii's leading early music singers and players bring you the brilliant sacred dramas of 17th century Rome and a taste of Handel's first oratorio composed under the influence of Alessandro Scarlatti. Come see why the oratorio has often been described as "sacred opera", mostly in Italian as a response of the Counter Reformation to Luther's popularity.
Anerio's Mentre sul'alto monte, the powerful tale of the battle between
David and Goliath,
pictured above in the work of a contemporary Roman artist
● Giacomo Carissimi's tragic Historia di Jephthe, his most popular dramatic work
● Domenico Mazzocchi's uplifting Dialogo dell'Apocalisse, a forerunner of the full oratorio
● Excerpts from George Frideric Handel's first oratorio La Resurrezione, and his operatic
Gloria - both composed in the cradle of oratorio and opera
● Sacred madrigals by Palestrina and Marenzio, popular tools of the Counter Reformation
This program was 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 the national Endowment for the Arts.
The Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa
The resonant acoustics and ambience of the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa are the ideal environment for this repertory. The location at 712 School Street in Liliha is conveniently close to central Honolulu. There is ample free parking and the cathedral is fully air-conditioned.
2013-2014 Season Touring Ensembles
Early Music Hawaii is proud to present two leading early music ensembles from New York/France and the Bay Area, Asteria and Ostraka, who bring us the sophisticated elegance of French music, separated by 250 years: songs of love and chivalry from the medieval court of Burgundy, followed by the intimate chamber music of 18th century Paris. These award-winning musicians complement the presentations of previous seasons which featured a renaissance wind band, early baroque strings from Italy and Germany, and the exciting rhythms of Spain and Latin America. For the first time, EMH will bring the regular season's visiting ensembles to the active communities of West Hawai'i, where EMH was founded by Garrett Webb in 2005.
Friday, January 24, 2014 ▪ 7:30 pm - Lutheran Church of Honolulu
Sunday, February 2, 2014 ▪ 3:30 pm - Christ Church Episcopal, Kealakekua
Flower of Passion - Thorn of Despair
Sylvia Rhyne, soprano, Eric Redlinger, tenor and lute
The 15th century ducal court of Burgundy was the center of European art and culture. The ecstasy of love and bitterness of unrequited passion are expressed in the beautiful songs of the greatest composers, who follow the long troubadour tradition of chivalry and Arthurian romance.
The New York and France based duo Asteria, winners of the first Early Music America Competition for Medieval/Renaissance performance, celebrate Valentine's Day with this delightful program, which they have performed throughout the Mainland and in Europe to great acclaim.
"...deeply expressive, intimate and often haunting interpretations." The New York Times
Saturday, March 22, 2014 ▪ 7:30 pm - Lutheran
Church of Honolulu
Sunday, March 23, 2014 ▪ 3:30 pm - Christ Church Episcopal, Kealakekua
Lee, viol and cello; John Lenti, lute and theorbo
David Walker, lute, theorbo and guitar
From the Bay Area, the ensemble Ostraka traces the rise and fall of the outrageous and refined French baroque style and its struggles against the fashionable forces of Italianism - virtuosic solo and ensemble music by Lully, Marais, Hervelois, Boismortier and Forqueray.
The 2012-2013 Concert Series
The 2012-2013 inaugural season marked the "coming of age" of Early Music Hawaii. For the first time we presented a coordinated series of three exciting concerts, following some years of successful individual concerts on an "ad hoc" basis. The response from all audiences, including the young students of a public elementary school, was very positive and rewarding. Our objective is to present every year one major concert featuring Hawaii's own leading Early Music specialists and two presentations by top professional touring ensembles based on the mainland or internationally. The visiting artists are selected for their excellence in a wide variety of genres from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods.
The first concert in September 2012, Glorious Gabrieli, celebrated the glorious works of the Venetian master Giovanni Gabrieli on the 4th centenary of his death. It featured the fine Hawaii singers and players who brought Monteverdi's magnificent Vespers of 1610 to Hawaii for the first time in November 2010.
In January 2013, The Kingdoms of Castile was the second event of the season, featuring an internationally renowned ensemble from the Bay Area, Grammy-nominated El Mundo, in an exciting program of Spanish and Latin American music from the late 17th century. In April, Musica Pacifica, also from the Bay Area, brought sparkling repertory from all across Baroque Europe with their popular Continental Breakfast program. They performed twice to great acclaim, first at a splendid fundraiser and feast in Kealakekua, West Hawaii, then at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu. Both ensembles also enchanted hundreds of fascinated students during educational outreach at Kaneohe Elementary School.
Thanks to EMH's original sponsorship, both groups also performed in Hilo under the auspices of the Hawaii Concert Society. El Mundo also performed in Lihue for the Kauai Concert Association.
Concerts by El Mundo, Musica Pacifica
and other touring groups presented by Early Music Hawaii, are funded in part by
WESTAF, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
Early Music Hawaii is grateful to these organizations for their generous support.
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
- December 1: John Dowland
450 - Celebrating his 450th birthday with his songs and instrumental works
- December 8: Music for Advent - Music for the Virgin and building expectation for the Nativivity
- December 15: At Home - The explosion of music printing brings music into every home
- December 22: Christmas in Germany - More intimate music for the season by Buxtehude, Schütz & Pez
- December 29: At the Banquet - A New Year's program of music for the banqueting halls of the great