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Mānoa Arts & Minds

It's standing ovation time for Mānoa Arts & Minds, an exciting new series featuring the best of UH Mānoa theater, music, the arts and Outreach College offerings. Whether it's a toe-tapping concert at Orvis Auditorium or Andrews Amphitheatre, a moving musical or dramatic performance at Kennedy Theatre, a treat for the senses at the Art Gallery, or very special presentations throughout Oʻahu courtesy of Outreach College, Mānoa Arts & Minds will captivate the heart, brain and soul.

Music credit: Warm aloha to Hawaiian slack key guitarist Ozzie Kotani for the music heard in the Mānoa Arts & Minds announcements. Ozzie is an alumni and former music instructor at UH Mānoa, and "Ka Ua Noe" (The Misty Rain) is from his 2009 CD titled "Hōʻihi" (Respect).


Art Series – Faculty Exhibition

Klaus Knoll + CellaSeptember 6 — October 2, 2009
Art Gallery

Recent work by faculty from the Department of Art & Art History will be highlighted in the Faculty Exhibition.




Outreach College Series – Mānoa Jazz Festival

Hot 8 Brass BandSeptember 19, 2009 6 p.m.
Andrews Amphitheatre

A cool night of hot jazz! The Mānoa Jazz Festival is back by popular demand for its second year in the magnificent outdoor setting of Andrews Amphitheatre. This time, we kick it up a notch with celebrated local and national big bands: The ʻIolani School Stage Band, Hawaiʻi Pacific University Jazz Ensemble, and headliner, New Orleans' hottest young street band, Hot 8 Brass Band.



CassowaryOctober 2 & 3, 2009 7:30 p.m.
October 4; 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Kennedy Theatre

A humorous tale for family audiences about New Guinea's giant Cassowary bird and its role in creating the rainforest.

UHAA members receive 20% off adult general admission tickets. Promo code required.






Outreach College Series –
The Sound of Ecstasy and Nectar of Enlightenment: Buddhist Ritual Song and Dance from Korea

Buddhist CeremonyOctober 8, 2009 7:30 p.m.
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. These pieces are a sampler from the elaborate three-day ritual in honor of Buddha that has been classified as a Korean Intangible Cultural Asset.

UHAA members receive $5 off adult general admission tickets. Promo code required.





Art Series – Degrees of Distinction: Alumni Invitational Exhibition

October 25 – December 11, 2009
Art Gallery

The Degrees of Distinction: Alumni Invitational Exhibition features 20 to 24 artists and art historians educated at the Department of Art & Art History, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa that 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)

Sunday, October 25, 2009
Orvis Auditorium

John Mount has lead 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 theatre offerings.

John MountBeebe Freitas


Theatre Series – THE HOMECOMING

The HomecomingNovember 13, 14, 20 & 21; 8 p.m.
November 22; 2 p.m.
Kennedy Theatre

Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter's play about sexuality and a struggle for power in a volatile household.





Music Series – UH Bands Winter Concert
(Conductors: Grant Okamura, Keith Higaki,UH Symphony photo credit: John Lutfey
Gwen Nakamura)

Monday, November 23; 7:30 p.m.;
McKinley High School Auditorium

The University of Hawaiʻi Wind Symphony and the UH Wind Ensemble will present a variety of selections ranging from classical to pop. Grant Okamura will conduct UH composer Byron Yasui's Life of the Land as well as works by Morton Gould, Jan Van der Roost, and Jerry Goldsmith.

Mr. Okamura will also pass the baton to three guest conductors. Keith Higaki, Associate Director of Bands, will conduct the UH Wind Ensemble in Felix Mendelsohn's Overture for Band. Assistant Band Director Gwen Nakamura will conduct Clifton William's Symphonic Dance #3. Alumnus Chadwick Kamei, now the Pearl City High School Director of Bands,will conduct Alfred Reed's Hounds of Spring.

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