UH Mānoa launches Mānoa Arts & Minds series

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Sep 8, 2009

While the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is often associated with the cultivation of the mind, it is also a campus brimming with the best of art, music, theater, dance and special performances. 
To showcase that abundance, Chancellor Virginia S. Hinshaw announces the launch of Mānoa Arts & Minds, a four-entity partnership involving the UH Mānoa Department of Art & Art History, Department of Music, Department of Theatre & Dance, and Outreach College. Selected arts exhibits and musical/dramatic performances from the four partners are being packaged to spotlight the rich cultural center that is UH Mānoa.
“We’re excited to invite our large Hawai‘i ‘ʻohana to enjoy the impressive range of artistic and performance arts talents here at UH Mānoa,” said Chancellor Hinshaw.
Upcoming Mānoa Arts & Minds events include:
·        Art Series – Faculty Exhibition at Art Gallery
                        September 6 – October 2
Recent work by faculty from the Department of Art & Art History will be highlighted in the Faculty Exhibition.
·        Outreach College Series – Mānoa Jazz Festival at Andrews Amphitheatre
                        September 19 – 6 p.m.
The Mānoa Jazz Festival is back by popular demand for its second year in the magnificent outdoor setting of Andrews Amphitheatre, and will feature the ‘Iolani School Stage Band, Hawai’i Pacific University Jazz Ensemble, and headliner Hot 8 Brass Band, New Orleans’ hottest young street band.
·        Theatre Series – WHEN THE CASSOWARY POOPED!
October 2 & 3 – 7:30 p.m.
October 4 – 1:30 and 4 p.m.
Kennedy Theatre
A humorous tale for family adventure about New Guinea’s giant Cassowary bird and its role in creating the rainforest.
·        Outreach College Series – The Sound of Ecstasy and Nectar of Enlightenment: Buddhist Ritual Song and Dance from Korea
October 8 – 7:30 p.m. at Kennedy Theatre                                        
Ancient chants, drum and cymbal dances, and the elaborately costumed “Butterfly Dance” from the sacred Young San ceremony are offered in concert by Korean monks of the Young San Preservation Group.
·        Art Series – Degrees of Distinction: Alumni Invitational Exhibition
October 25 – December 11                                                                                 
Art Gallery
The Degrees of Distinction: Alumni Invitational Exhibition features about two dozen artists and art historians educated at the UH Mānoa Department of Art & Art History, who are recognized for their work and for their contributions as artists, educators, researchers, and museum professionals.
·        Music Series – Saints and Sinners (John Mount, bass-baritone; Beebe Freitas, piano)                                                                                        
        October 25 at Orvis Auditorium                                                                 
The immensely talented John Mount presents a recital at Orvis Auditorium, titled “Saints and Sinners,” which will include operatic arias and songs by Brahms, Mussorgsky, Beethoven, and Vaughan Williams, as well as musical theater offerings.
            For more information on upcoming Mānoa Arts and Minds events, visit http://www.manoa.hawaii.edu/chancellor/arts_minds/.
Hawaiian slack key guitarist Ozzie Kotani, alumni and former music instructor at UH Mānoa, contributed the music heard in Mānoa Arts & Minds public service announcements to run on KGMB9. Kotani’s song “Ka Ua Noe” (The Misty Rain), is from his 2009 CD titled "Hō’ihi" (Respect).