Mānoa Arts & Minds
Aloha! As we head into the holiday season, Mānoa Arts & Minds, a four-strong entity partnership—involving the UH Mānoa Department of Art & Art History, Department of Music, Department of Theatre & Dance, and Outreach College—continues to provide a unique medley of music, theater and art.
The winter months of December and January bring more warm-hearted reasons to come to Mānoa, as we continue to spotlight the best of art, music, theater, dance and special performances at the flagship UH campus.
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 – Degrees of Distinction: Alumni Invitational Exhibition
October 25 – December 11, 2009
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.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
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.
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,
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.
Music Series – Javanese Wayang Kulit
(Shadow Puppet Theatre, UH Gamelan Ensemble)
Saturday, November 28; 7:30 p.m.;
The story Babad Alas Mrentani (The Opening of Mrentani Forest) is drawn from the Mahabharata epic. In the never ending feud between the Pendhawa and the Kurawa clan, the devious Kurawa prime minister, Sengkuni, manages to coerce the young innocent Pendhawa princes into placing their estate as a wager in a Kurawa sponsored fixed game of dice. Losing the game, the Pendhawa are exiled to the treacherous Mrentani forest. The Pendhawa's attempt to open the forest to establish a dwelling place encounters fierce resistance from the genie, ghosts, and ghouls of the forest. With great effort the Pendhawa defeat the denizens of Mrentani, and establish a new prosperous state of Amarta.
Master puppeteer Widiyanto joins the UH Gamelan Ensemble to present a wayang kulit performance in celebration of the 75th birthday of the ensemble's founding director, Hardja Susilo. The story will be told in both Javanese and English and accompanied by a full gamelan orchestra.
Music Series – R and R (Rossini and Respighi)
Symphony Orchestra (Conductor: Henry Miyamura)
Monday, December 7; 8:00 p.m.;
Blaisdell Concert Hall
Hear Rossini's Barber of Seville Overture and Respighi's orchestral masterpiece The Pines of Rome come to life under Maestro Miyamura's baton as the UH Symphony Orchestra presents their fall performance. Also on the program are La Boutique Fantasque, which Respighi wrote based upon piano pieces by Rossini, and Rossini's/Una Voce/ from Barber of Seville, with guest soloist soprano Rachel Schutz.
Rossini was known for his operas and Respighi for his ballets and programatic music and his great orchestrations. The combination of both on this concert is because of Respighi's love of Rossini's music. He reorchestrated Rossini's music and made it into a ballet, The Fantastic Toy Shop, and even composed a Suite titled Rossinana. The timespan between the two is a hundred years or more. The titled concert is fitting to two great Italian composers.
Music Series – It's a Grand Night for Singing!
UH Concert Choir; and Chamber Singers (Director: Rachel Samet)
Tuesday, December 8; 7:30 p.m.;
St. Andrew's Cathedral
Downtown at Queen Emma Square)
Join the UH choirs for a diverse and exciting evening of choral music. Performers include the University chorus, a 90-voice chorus of students and community members; Concert Choir, the premier large chorus at UH; and Chamber Singers, a highly select small ensemble of student singers. The evening will culminate with all 180 voices coming together for an exhilarating mass choir performance. The concert will feature works by Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Britten, as well as music from Hawaiʻi, Samoa, the Phillipines, Africa, and India.
Robert Post is a brilliant physical comedian with a stunning theatrical mind. Combine a quart of dry humor with tablespoons of expert mime, versatile acting, and skilled juggling; add a keen sense of satire and the absurd. Blend in splendid timing and experience, and what do you get? A host of unforgettable characters at the perfect comedy feast.