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Early Music Hawaii
Concert Series 2014-2015
EMH has two exciting, locally produced programs and two visiting groups from the mainland planned for the 2014-2015 season. All programs except for the first will be presented in both Honolulu and Kona. For our signature opening concert, we follow last year's Oratorio and Gabrieli 400 from 2012 with a program featuring all women composers from the 9th to the 17th centuries, performed by an all women's vocal and orchestral ensemble. And the season will close in April with a second visit from Ensemble Mirable with special guest artist Marion Verbruggen, the world renowned recorder player from Holland.
individual concerts will be available for purchase 30 days in advance
online at www.earlymusichawaii.com or at the door on the day of the performance.
2014-2015 Presentations by EMH Artists
Triumph Against the Odds
Early Women Composers of the Convent & Beyond
Friday, September 19,
2014 at 7:30 pm
Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, 712 School St., Honolulu
The Early Music Hawaii
Choir and Orchestra
Carl Crosier, Artistic Director
Jennifer Lane, Guest Conductor
Emily Haswell, Mihoko
Ito, Georgine Stark, sopranos
Naomi Castro, Diane Koshi, Jennifer Lane, altos
Maile Reeves, Judy
Karen Fujimoto, cello; Esha Neogy, viola da gamba
Constance Uejio, Harp; Katherine Crosier, organ
Women composers had to fight hard to gain recognition for centuries in Europe, and often only through the safe haven of the convent. Early exceptions were the Abbesses Kassia in 9th century Byzantium and Hildegard von Bingen in Germany - both also powerful intellectuals, visionaries and political figures. Much later, the 17th century convents of Italy boasted many talented composers who achieved Europe-wide fame despite official Vatican disapproval, among them Chiara Margarita Cozzolani and Isabella Leonarda.
The women's Choir and Orchestra of Early Music Hawaii perform the glorious music of these nuns, and of two exceptional talents who triumphed against the odds in the secular world, Francesca Caccini and Barbara Strozzi. The magnificent acoustics of the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa will again enhance the drama of these beautiful works.
To purchase tickets online,
or at the door at concert time
Preferred seating $35; General seating $25; Students with ID $10
For a foretaste of this wonderful music, tune into The Early Muse, with Ian Capps, on HPR1 at 9:00 pm Sunday, August 31.
Bridging the Centuries
Contrasts in Sacred Renaissance & Contemporary Texts
Friday, November 14,
2014 at 7:30 pm
St. Andrew's Cathedral Parke Chapel
Saturday, January 31,
2015 at 5:00 pm
West Hawaii (location to be confirmed)
The Choir of Early Music
Conductor, Karol Nowicki
Sacred texts of the Western Church have inspired composers for centuries. The program explores the structural similarities between renaissance motets and contemporary settings of the same texts juxtaposing compositions by Palestrina, Gesualdo, Lassus, Byrd and others, with settings by Poulenc, Maxwell-Davies, Lauridsen and Villette.
The a cappella Choir consists of professional singers from Oahu who have acquired the special skills associated with this repertory under the guidance of EMH Artistic Director, Carl Crosier.
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 & by the National Endowment for the Arts.
2014-2015 Visiting Ensembles
on the Fringes
Vienna, Eastern Europe & the North
Thursday, March 12, 2015
at 7:00 pm
Queen Emma Community Center, Kealakekua
Saturday, March 14, 2015
at 7:30 pm
Lutheran Church of Honolulu, 1730 Punahou St.
Vienna and the outskirts of Europe in the 17th century enjoyed fascinating cross-cultural exchanges. Quicksilver celebrates instrumental music from Vienna and the margins, where the exotic inventions of folk music influenced the creation of early modern chamber music. Captivating gems from off the beaten track by Schmelzer, Jarzebski, Mielczewski and others.
"...drop dead gorgeous with a wonderful interplay of timbres" - Early Music America
Spring of the Italian Baroque
with Guest Artist Marion Verbruggen, recorders
Thursday, April 16, 2015 at
Queen Emma Community Center, Kealakekoa
Saturday, April 18, 2015 at
Lutheran Church of Honolulu, 1730 Punahou St.
Join Ensemble Mirable and special guest artist Marion Verbruggen for a delightful Spring stroll through the Italian Baroque. Celebrate nature's renewal with the glorious music of Mancini, Fontana, Uccellini, Scarlatti, Vivaldi and others. Internationally recognized recorder virtuoso Marion Verbruggen will join her high-spirited, charismatic and dazzling style with the artistry of Ensemble Mirable on their second tour of Hawaii.
"...stylish and full of fire" - San Francisco Classical Voice
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
- August 3: Popular
Entertainment of the Renaissance - Song and dance for winds and strings
- August 10: English Music for the Assumption - English music for a Catholic Feast before the Reformation (plus William Byrd)
- August 17: Heinrich Biber - Less often performed but still colorful works by the greatest violinist of the age
- August 24: The Crusades - The fortunes of the pilgrims and Knights Templar from 1096 to 1453, as told in music
- August 31: 17th Century Women - The successful fight for recognition against prejudice by women inside and outside the Convents
- September 7: The Baroque
Guitar in Italy - Sonatas, dances, arias by 17th century Italian composers,
champions elegant 5-string guitar
- September 14: Monteverdi's Late Polyphony - An architect of the Baroque continues to espouse advanced renaissance polyphony
- September 21: Vienna under the Hapsburgs - Italian violinists teach Imperial court musicians, including the first notable Austrian, Johann Schmelzer
- September 28: Toledo in the Time of El Greco - Spanish masters rediscovered in the Toledo cathedral manuscripts