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UH West O‘ahu hosts Chamber Music Hawai‘i ensembles concert series

Concerts to be offered for the first time in West O'ahu

University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu
Julie Funasaki Yuen, (808) 689-2604
Public Info Officer, Chancellor's Office
Posted: Nov 30, -0001

The University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu will be filled with the sounds of beautiful music this year as host to three Tuesday evening Chamber Music Hawai‘i (CMH) concerts. CMH ensembles, the Galliard String Quartet and the Spring Wind Quintet, will perform a three-part concert series for the first time in West O‘ahu at the University’s new Kapolei campus. All Chamber Music Hawai‘i ensemble members are full-time musicians with the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra (formerly the Honolulu Symphony).

Open to all, the concerts are free for students and will take place in UH West O‘ahu’s (UHWO) Library that provides a marvelous acoustic setting for the evening performances.

“The UH West O‘ahu Library is proud to be a supporter of our local artists,” said UHWO Library Director Sarah Gilman. “We feel that the library is the perfect venue to provide a balance between academic rigor and cultural, community events for our students. Events such as the CMH concerts are an integral part of the undergraduate experience.”

The first concert happens on Tuesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. and features the Galliard String Quartet performing Felix Mendelssohn’s “Quartet No. 2, Op. 13,” Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Quartet No. 15, Op. 132” and Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Two Pieces for String Quartet.”

“CMH is very excited to launch our West O‘ahu concerts in partnership with UH West O‘ahu and our long-time friend Jon Magnussen,” said Chamber Music Hawai‘i General Manager Jonathan Parrish. “The musicians look forward to meeting new friends and to sharing the intimacy and variety that makes chamber music so enjoyable. The best part is that no special knowledge or experience is necessary to enjoy this great music.”

UH West O‘ahu’s Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Jon Magnussen is the faculty coordinator for the concert series, and heads up the University’s music program. He teaches a variety of music courses at UH West O‘ahu including “Introduction to Music Literature,” where student attendance at concerts is built into the coursework.

"We’re thrilled that Chamber Music Hawai‘i will be serving our West side community right here from our campus,” said Dr. Jon Magnussen. “In previous years, my students have had to drive into town to fulfill their concert attendance requirement, but now our students and the families of many of our area’s pre college-age students will be able to benefit from these concerts.”

Magnussen also directs UH West O‘ahu’s Summer Music Works song-writing program for high school juniors and seniors in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Hawai‘i’s Wai‘anae Clubhouse and Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education. Summer Music Works breaks down the basics of music and helps students write and record their next music hit, while also providing an awareness of skills helpful for success in college and in life. The program is open to students from U.S. Department of Education Title I schools including Nānākuli, Wai‘anae, Ānuenue, Farrington and Waipahu High Schools.

Chamber Music Hawai‘i’s Spring Wind Quintet and the Galliard String Quartet and friends will perform two more concerts at the UH West O‘ahu Library on Tuesday, January 21 and Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. The Spring Wind Quintet (SWQ) will perform music by Daniel Baldwin, Franz Danzi, Paul Hindemith, and a new arrangement of Bach by SWQ bassoonist Marsha Schweitzer. The Galliard String Quartet and Friends will perform a quintet by Franz Schubert and a sextet by Johannes Brahms.

To purchase tickets, visit or call (808) 489-5038. Students must present a valid student ID at the concerts for free admission. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors, military, and UH West O‘ahu faculty and staff.

About UH West O‘ahu

UH West O‘ahu became a four-year, regional comprehensive university when it served its first class of freshmen in fall 2007. The University offers quality education, small classes and personalized attention at convenient locations. UH West O‘ahu serves approximately 2,000 students at its brand new, state-of-the-art campus that opened in the City of Kapolei in 2012. For more information, visit,, or call (808) 689-2800 or toll-free (866) 299-8656.

Founded in 1982, Chamber Music Hawai‘i (CMH) is Hawai‘i’s oldest presenter of local, professional chamber musicians. CMH musicians are also full-time members of the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra (formerly the Honolulu Symphony). With four different ensembles including the Galliard String Quartet, Honolulu Brass, Spring Wind Quintet or Tresemble, CMH offers a wide variety of musical programming throughout the season. For more information, visit