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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 available now (click here)  or at the door on the day of the performance.


Please note that the date for the Honolulu concert has been changed to January 16

Saturday, January 16, 2016 • 7:00 pm
Lutheran Church of Honolulu

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

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 Priscilla Herreid sing and play a dizzying array of period instruments.

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

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


General seating $25 - Students with ID $10

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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


      - December 6, 2015: The Mellow Sackbut - We explore the contribution of this fine early trombone to vocal & instrumental ensembles
      - December 13, 2015: Three "Praetorians", Part 1 - The grand sacred music of Michael Praetorius & a foretaste of the unrelated Hieronymus & his son Jacob
      - December 20, 2015: A Medieval Christmas in England - Old English carols, motets & a mass, including some from a new recording by Blue Heron
      - December 27, 2015: Capriccio! Light Music for the New Year - Songs bright & intimate & instrumental music intended to give easy pleasure to the ear