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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

Season Finale

Saturday, April 2, 2016 • 7:30 pm
Lutheran Church of Honolulu

Saturday, April 9, 2016 • 5:00 pm
Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity
77-165 Lako Street, Kailua-Kona

Bridging the Centuries II

Shakespeare Songs, Then & Now
Love Songs of Petrarch & the Song of Songs

Performed by

The Early Music Hawaii Chamber Singers

Georgine Stark, Naomi Castro, soprano
Karyn Castro, Diane Koshi, alto
Karol Nowicki, Randy Reynolds, tenor
Jeremy Wong, Keane Ishii, bass

      We celebrate William Shakespeare on the 4th centenary of his death in April 1616 with a selection of his best known songs set by his contemporaries Robert Johnson, Thomas Morley and others. We then pair the songs with modern compositions by Ralph Vaughan-Williams, George Shearing and one of New York's best known living composers, Matt Harris.

      The comparison of mostly secular song from the 16th to the 21st centuries follows the popular concert of all-sacred motets performed under the same title in the 2014-2015 season. It also features the love poetry of the Italian renaissance master Petrarch and  set by the famous 16th century madrigalists and the beautiful verses of the Song of Songs from all ages, including the lovely 1780 setting of The Rose of Sharon by William Billings and others by Franz Liszt and Morten Lauridsen.

General seating $25 • Students with ID $1o

Tickets available click here


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


Thursday, November 12, 2015
Queen Emma Community Center, Kealakekua

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Lutheran Church of Honolulu

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

El Mundo
Nell Snaidas, soprano
Janelle DeStefano, mezzo soprano
Paul Shipper, bass, guitar, percussion
John Lutterman, bass viol
Richard Savino, vihuela, guitar, director

      During their second visit in four years, El Mundo stepped back to the 16th century and the secular tradition of love songs and dance that gave birth to the glorious Spanish style that we recognize to this day. Early songs by Enzina and Milán and dances by Mudarra led gracefully to the theater solos of the 17th century and an exciting final zarzuela, Spain's unique form of opera, by Sebastián Durón.


Saturday, January 16, 2016
Lutheran Church of Honolulu

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Queen Emma Community Center, Kealakekua

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

performed by

Ensemble Hesperus
Tina Chancey, viola da gamba, renaissance violin, recorder
Grant Herreid, baroque guitar, vihuela, tenor
Priscilla Herreid, recorders, shawm, bagpipe, crumhorn, soprano
Nell Snaidas, soprano, renaissance guitar

       "Silent" movies were always intended to be performed with musical accompaniment. Uniquely to date, Ensemble Hesperus has moved past the traditional theater organ or original scores created by composers for the silver screen and revived music from each film's historical period to be played on instruments from that time. In Honolulu, the original Robin Hood with Douglas Fairbanks provided a popular romp for a rapt audience, while in Kealakekua they enjoyed the more poignant story of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. An independent performance at the Kahilu Theater in Waimea featured Zorro. Within a single week, Hesperus performed the remarkable feat of three programs of entirely different music, following every detail of each movie with extraordinary skill.


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.




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

  - February 7, 2016: The Deep Well of Portuguese Sacred Music - Always in the shadow of Spain, Portugal had its own passionate musical language. Powerful works by Magalhães, Cardoso, and a Requiem Mass by Duarte Lôbo.
  - February 14, 2016: Love Poetry of the Italian Renaissance - A Valentine's Day program celebrating the ageless beauty of the Italian madrigal, based on the poetry of Petrarch, tasso and Guarini.
  - February 21, 2016: Lenten Penitence from England - Settings of Lenten music in both Latin and English from the most turbulent time in English religious history under the Tudors.
  - February 28, 2016: A Gathering of Lutes - The most popular solo instrument of the Renaissance transformed into large ensembles, inspired by the master Paul O'Dette's Three, Four and Twenty Lutes performance at the 2015 Boston Early Music Festival.

  - March 6, 2016: Two Venetian Women, their Sacred Music - Barbara Strozzi and Antonia Bembo were better know for their secular cantatas, but their sacred music is also magnificent. A program for International Women's Day, March 8th.
  - March 13, 2016: Shakespeare 400: The Tempest - The Early Muse celebrates Shakespeare in the 4th centenary year of his death. Original songs for the Tempest and music for 17th century adaptations of the play by Matthew Locke and Henry Purcell.
  - March 20, 2016: Holy Week in Italy - Settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah by Fabrizio Dentice & Giovanni Marcorelli, Gesualdo's In Monte Oliveti and Josquin's monumental Stabat Mater.
  - March 27, 2016: Easter Day in Italy - We continue with Italian music for the season featuring different treatments of the Magdalen at the tomb by the Abbess Chiara Margarita Cozzolani and an early oratorio by Domenico Mazzocchi; plus a fine Venetian Easter Mass by Adriaen Willaert.