TWINGE, the story of six survivors from the 2004 Indonesian tsunami, comes to the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu. The performance is based on Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barry Bearak’s New York Times Magazine cover story, “The Day The Sea Came.” Bearak, composer and UH West Oʻahu assistant professor of music Jon Magnussen and Dallas-based HAVEN Trio collaborated on this unique musical composition—melding words and music in innovatively enhanced storytelling.
TWINGE is being performed for the first time in Hawaiʻi on January 19 at the UH West Oʻahu Library, followed by a concert in Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s intimate Atherton Studio on January 21, which will feature live narration by Bearak. The 15-song composition will be performed by the HAVEN Trio, which consists of soprano Lindsay Kesselman, clarinetist Kimberly Cole Luevano and pianist Midori Koga. After both performances, Magnussen, Bearak, and the members of the HAVEN Trio will hold a talkback session with the audience.
Magnussen was inspired to compose TWINGE after reading Bearak’s message of humanity in the dramatic cover story about the survivors of the 2004 tsunami, beginning 24 hours before the tsunami through most of 2005. Says Magnussen, “Bearak’s words can help our community as we expand our ideas about cultural diversity, religious tolerance and survival in a sometimes unstable world.”
For more about the artists, go to the UH news release.
The University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu
- Thursday, January 19 at 7 p.m.
at the UH West Oʻahu Library
91-1001 Farrington Highway, Kapolei, HI 96707
- Tickets: Free admission for students and UH West Oʻahu faculty and staff. A donation of $25 is suggested as a benefit to the UH West Oʻahu Music Fund.
- The musical artists and journalist will also visit UH West Oʻahu classes in journalism, disaster preparedness and music, to increase awareness of cultural understanding, disaster preparedness and the power of music in storytelling. The events are made possible by Chamber Music America, UH West Oʻahu Distinguished Visiting Scholars Fund, UH West Oʻahu Music Fund and the SEED IDEAS fund of the UH System.
Hawaiʻi Public Radio
- Saturday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the
Atherton Performing Arts Studio
738 Kāheka Street, Honolulu, HI 96814
- Tickets: $30 general, $25 HPR member, $15 student (with ID); online service fees apply.
Purchase: (808) 955-8821 during business hours; www.hprtickets.org
- Reservations may be made online or by calling the station. Doors open a half hour before the performance. Advance ticket purchase strongly encouraged as the house is frequently sold out before the performance date.