Concerts, Workshops and Events

Early Music Hawaii Concerts | Hawaii Concerts | Music Workshops in Hawaii
Special Events in Hawaii

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 info@earlymusichawaii.org and attach promotional materials, such as posters, when available.

_____________________________
 

Our next performance: EMH Chamber Singers

Kings and Queens
Intimate Music by & for Themselves

Saturday, February 11, 2017 • 7:30 pm
Lutheran Church of Honolulu

 Sunday, February 19, 2017 • 3:30 pm
Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, Kailua-Kona


The EMH Chamber Singers
Scott Fikse, director Honolulu
Daniel Mahraun, director Kailua-Kona

 

Royalty traditionally reserved precious time for their private enjoyment of music, both sacred and secular. Some, like Henry VIII, were themselves composers. The EMH Chamber Singers, from both Honolulu and Kona, explore some of the songs and sacred pieces for the private chambers of Alfonso the Wise of Spain,  the Viceroyalties of Mexico & Peru, the Dukes of Italy and Burgundy, the Royal Tudors of England and Louis XIV's Versailles.

For the first time, EMH will feature separate ensembles of local singers on Oahu and Hawaii Island, performing the same program. On Oahu, Scott Fikse, Director of Music at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu, has a broad experience of directing and singing in many choral groups on the mainland. In Kona, Daniel Mahraun is choir director at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, where EMH now presents all its concerts. A Doctor of Musical Arts, he is an experienced director, singer, and arranger of music for choirs and a former member of one of the finest early music ensembles in the US, the Rose Ensemble of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Tickets $25 at the door or
online here 30 days before the first
performance

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

 

The 2016-2017 Season Concludes with a visiting Ensemble

Chatham Baroque

Mediterranean Odyssey
A Musical Tour of Southern Europe

Saturday, May 6, 2017 • 7:30 pm
Lutheran Church of Honolulu

Sunday, May 7, 2017 • 3:30 pm
Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, Kailua-Kona

Andrew Fouts, baroque violin; Patricia Halverson, viola da gamba
Scott Pauley, lute and theorbo

Discover elegant baroque sonatas and toe-tapping dances from the sun-soaked shores of Mediterranean Spain, France and Italy - La Jota and Canarios from Spain, sonatas by Jean-Marie LeClair in France, virtuosic fireworks for the violin by Arcangelo Corelli and earthy renditions of Italian dances by Giovanni Kapsberger.A leading chamber ensemble from Pittsburgh, Chatham Baroque has been praised for its "colorful virtuosity" by the New York Times and as "musically impeccable by the Washington Post.

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.

 

2016-2017 Season / Thank you Wayward Sisters for a wonderful performance!

Wayward Sisters

 The Naughty List
Difficult Men - Angelic Music

 

Beth Wenstrom, baroque volin; Anne Timberlake, recorders
Anna Steinhoff, cello; John Lenti, lute and theorbo

Not all composers are nice guys. Matthew Locke acquired a menagerie of unflattering adjectives - vitriolic, ill-tempered, spiteful, atrabilious. He was not alone. Tarquinio Merula, William Brade, Nicola Matteis and even Dario Castello left evidence of their challenging temperaments and brilliant musicianship. 

Winners of the 2011 Early Music America award, Wayward Sisters shows how "difficult" men - braggarts, hotheads, curmudgeons and snobs - could produce some of the most beautiful music of their time.
                                                                                                "...a spectacularly beautiful show..." Ann Arbor Observer

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.

 

 

EMH Concert Season 2016-2017 began with a successful EMH performance

 Old World - New World
Renaissance and Early Baroque Music from Two Continents

Early Music Hawaii's 5th full concert season featured both talented local performers and leading early music ensembles from the mainland. In September 2016 the EMH Choir & Orchestra explored the rich polyphony of 16th century Spain and the exciting baroque rhythms of its later American colonies.

 

Spain & the New World
Sacred Treasures from Two Continents

Saturday, September 24, 2016 • 7:30 pm
Lutheran Church of Honolulu

The Early Music Hawaii Choir & Orchestra
Guest artists on period instruments

Director: Dana Marsh

Spanish composers of the Golden Age inherited a rich musical tradition from Christian, Sephardic and Moorish influences of the pre-Renaissance. Already worldly wise, in the 16th and 17th centuries they found new inspiration in the lively rhythms and special harmonies of the Viceroyalties of Mexico and Peru. 

The program explored first the sacred works of the Renaissance giants in Spain itself - Cristóbal de Morales, Francisco Guerrero and Tomás Luis de Victoria. At the same time, Spanish missionaries and composers in the New World delighted in the musical talent of the native Americans. The result is a joyful synthesis of new rhythms and harmonies to join the old in works by Gaspar Fernandes, Juan de Padilla, Juan de Araujo and others. 

Dana Marsh, Director of the Historical Performance Institute at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, returned to direct this special music, which also features guest artists on baroque guitars and other period instruments.

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  

-November 6, 2016: Baltic Strains - Good music thrives in the smaller communities surrounding the Baltic Sea.
-November 13, 2106: The Glory of Battle- The battlefields of war and love in 16th and 17th century Europe; music of Monteverdi and Guerrero.
-November 20, 2016: Vespers for St. Cecilia - A second look into Alessandro Scarlatti's monumental Vespers for the Patron Saint of music.
-November 27, 2016: Advent in Germany - Significant works for the Advent season by Hieronymus Praetorius & Dietrich Bextehude.

- December 4, 2016: Henry Purcell's Chamber Music - Purcell's instrumental music for the theater is best known, but his more intimate chamber music is equally fine.
- December 11, 2016: Festival of Brass - Grand music for brass & voices for Advent and Christmas from Italy and Spain.
- December 18, 2016: Arcangelo Corelli - The master violinist's sonatas and concertos, including the famous Concerto Grosso for Christmas.
- December 25, 2016: Christmas in Naples - Music by Diego Ortiz, Alessandro Scarlatti and two unusual cantatas for Christmas by Cristoforo Caresana.