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The University of Hawaiʻi Maui College’s music studies faculty will hold special events and share their knowledge and expertise at Maui Music Week, April 18–25.

“We held the first Music Week last year, and it was a huge success thanks to the support of students and the entire Maui community,” said UH Maui College Music instructor Karyn Sarring. “We not only opened up over 20 music classes to all students and the entire Maui community, but had guest lecturers, hosted performances by professional musicians on campus, organized an open mic and offered master classes. It was so beneficial for everyone involved and was also great fun!”

Kicking off the festivities is UH Maui College’s Institute of Hawaiian Music’s Aloha Maui Music Festival benefit concert on April 18, which will feature Grammy and Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning musicians, food, crafts, a silent auction and more. The inaugural Aloha Maui Music Festival will be held in Maui Nui Botanical Gardens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Funds raised will benefit the Institute of Hawaiian Music program.

Beginning Monday, April 20, music classes and all other special events will be open to all students and the entire community of Maui for free.

Peter Swanzy of Ebb and Flow Arts
Joel Katz

UH Maui College Music Week highlights

  • Guest artists including keyboard and guitar/voice duo of Gilbert Emata and Jimi Canha, mezzo-soprano Anne Shapiro and Peter Swanzy of Ebb and Flow Arts will visit music classes that week. (Check the calendar for dates.)
  • April 21—Instructor David Fisher’s Art and Business of Music; class will feature a panel discussion about the evolving business models in the music industry as well as short presentations of combined artistic visions and business plans under development by students in the class.
  • April 22—Earth Day will begin and end with two separate music “jams”. Instructor Joel Katz’ ʻukulele class will join Anne Ku’s piano class at 9 a.m. in Kūpaʻa 104, which will kick-off a day-long series of recitals, master-classes and sustainability events on campus.
  • April 23—The Hawaiʻi premiere of a new movie of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony —Following the Ninth traces the “Ode to Joy” as an anthem of hope in five continents. Director Kerry Candaele, will participate via video conferencing.
  • April 23—The UH Maui College Music Club will host an open mic night in the student lounge in the Pilina Building at 5 p.m.
  • April 24—Celebrate Reading Day with students from Instructor Anne Ku’s music literature class at 8:30 a.m.
  • April 25—A performances by Instructor Joel Katz and his students at the Maui Steel Guitar Festival at the Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel.

The public is also invited to view a new exhibit in Kūpaʻa Building room 104 of large acrylic and oil paintings created from the Maui Open Studios’ Art and Music Improv event.

Visit the Maui Music Week website for the full schedule of events.

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