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Events Calendar - October 2009

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Gagaku Moonviewing Concert

Hawaii Gagaku Kenkyukai
Masatoshi Shamoto, director
Friday, October 2, 2009
7:30 p.m., Barbara B. Smith Amphitheatre, free
Hawaii Gagaku Kenkyukai

The centuries-old Shinto tradition of celebrating the full moon continues at this outdoor concert. Gagaku, court music of Japan and the world's oldest existing orchestral music, also has a long history in Hawaii. The music was first taught at UHM in 1962 by Masatoshi Shamoto, who in 1968 founded Hawaii Gagaku Kenkyukai, a community-based group dedicated to the study and performance of this ancient music tradition. He continues to direct the group.

Rev. Shamoto was recently awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays by the cabinet of the Japanese government and the Emperor. See related article.

(*Mus 199 credit for Music Majors)

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Six Hands, Thirty Fingers!

Jonathan Korth, Bichuan Li, Thomas Yee, pianists
Saturday, October 3, 2009
7:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
$12 general / $8 students & seniors
Six Hands, Thirty Fingers

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UH faculty pianists Jonathan Korth, Bichuan Li and Thomas Yee take the stage together to play multi-player piano works and arrangements by Bach, Benjamin, and Bernstein, along with Milhaud and Mozart and Many others.

(*Mus 199 credit for Music Majors)

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UH Contemporary Music Ensemble

Thomas Osborne, director
* Tuesday, October 6, 2009 * Concert postponed **
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All- Star Benefit Concert

presented by the Honolulu Piano Teachers Association
Sunday, October 11, 2009
4:00 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
$20 general / $10 students & seniors
HPTA All-Star Benefit

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Featuring performers from UH and guest artists from the local community, the Honolulu Piano Teachers Association presents a concert to support scholarships for students of the UH Manoa and Kapiolani Community College piano programs.

(*Mus 199 credit for Music Majors)

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An Evening of Japanese and Okinawan Music and Dance

Saturday, October 17, 2009
7:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
$12 general admission, $8 students & seniors
Japanese and Okinawan Music and Dance

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This joint faculty recital features instructors at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's ethnomusicology and dance programs. Performers include:

In addition to traditional gagaku and bugaku, there will also be dances choreographed to classic koto/shamisen music as well as a contemporary koto/shakuhachi duet. Okinawan classic and folk numbers will also be presented.

(*Mus 199 credit for Music Majors)

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Keane Ishii, baritone

Thursday, October 22, 2009
1:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium, free

Keane Ishii, a student of John Mount, will present a junior recital as part of the requirements for the degree Bachelor of Education (Secondary Vocal).

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John Mount, bass-baritone
Beebe Freitas, piano

Sunday, October 25, 2009
4:00 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
$12 general / $8 students & seniors
John Mount & Beebe Freitas

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John Mount has led an active career on the opera stage, performing over seventy-five roles with Hawaii Opera Theatre and leading roles on the mainland with the San Francisco Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, the Denver Lyric Opera and the Houston Grand Opera. Professor Mount has also been the featured bass soloist for a number of performances with the Honolulu Symphony including Handel's Messiah, Verdi's Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

His recital at Orvis Auditorium, titled "Saints and Sinners", will include operatic arias and songs by Brahms, Mussorgsky, Beethoven, and Vaughan Williams, as well as musical theater offerings.

Beebe Freitas is the Associate Artistic Director of Hawaii Opera Theatre and a highly respected vocal coach and accompanist. She was named a Living Treasure of Hawaii Award by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii. In 2005 she received the Alfred Preis Award which "honors individuals who have demonstrated in word and action a lifetime commitment to arts and arts education for Hawaii’s children and their families."

(*Mus 199 credit for Music Majors)

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Jason Nomura, guitar

Thursday, October 29, 2009
1:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium, free

Jason Nomura, a student of Peter Kun Frary, will present a junior recital as part of the requirements for the degree Bachelor of Education (Secondary General).

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