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Mānoa Arts & Minds

Aloha! As we head into the holiday season, we have much reason to give thanks. Mahalo for your continued enthusiastic interest in Mānoa Arts & Minds, a four-entity partnership involving the Departments of Art & Art History, Music, Theatre & Dance, and Outreach College.

This collegial quartet at UH Mānoa dishes out an amazing medley of musical, theatrical and artistic events, which connoisseurs of culture and entertainment continue to gobble up.

Musings of Mystery and Alphabets of Agony:
The Work of Edward Gorey

University of Hawaiʻi Art Gallery
Art Building University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
September 26 – December 10, 2010

Musings of Mystery and Alphabets of Agony: The Work of Edward Gorey

The University of Hawaiʻi Art Gallery in collaboration with the University of Hawaiʻi Library presents work by celebrated, prolific American author and artist Edward Gorey (1925–2000), revered for his distinctly elegant, enigmatic, and eerie black and white illustrations. This exhibition features over 700 books, book jackets, prints, posters, original drawings, postcards, handmade dolls, and other ephemera from the John A. Carollo - Edward Gorey Collection in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library's Special Research Collections, with special loans courtesy of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust, New York City and the Edward Gorey House, Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts.

Through poetical prose and short narratives with obsessively crosshatched drawings, Gorey invented a gothic world of Victorian/Edwardian interiors and remote landscapes with stylishly dressed characters entangled in provocative and humorous tales of mystery, peril, and bizarre twists of fate. His mischievous children, incredible creatures, and nonsensical plots and parody amuse and delight readers around the world.

This exhibition honors Edward Gorey who left a legacy of over one hundred authored books and more than 80 books that he illustrated for others. His devotion towards literary works, cinema, George Balanchine's New York City Ballet, and to animals and his cats is legendary. Gorey's influence is international with his works translated in 15 languages. His words and images have inspired many writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers to create compositions, interpretive theatrical productions, graphic design, and animations.


Sponsored by the University of Hawaiʻi Department of Art and Art History and the College of Arts and Humanities and University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library; supported by grants from the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities; and by the "We the People" initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts; Rianna M. Williams, and anonymous donors. Additional support by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Outreach College, Department of Music, and Department of English; The Mānoa Foundation; Mānoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing; Hawaiʻi State Public Library System; Barnes & Noble Booksellers; Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day; and Mānoa Arts & Minds, a partnership that cultivates the mind and spotlights the best of art, music, theater, dance and special performances at UH Mānoa.


Image courtesy & © The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust
The Edward Gorey House


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Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Paul T. Mitri, director
Kennedy Theatre
Nov 5, 6, 20 & Dec 3 at 7:30 pm
Nov 14 & Dec 5 at 2:00 pm


One of the greatest plays ever written, Hamlet delves into the universal themes of life, love, duty and vengeance. Commanded by his murdered father’s ghost to seek revenge, Hamlet struggles with the human and spiritual costs of pursuing justice.

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Gagaku Concert

Tsu Garyokai, Rev. Kazunari Kubo, director
Hawaii Gagaku Kenkyukai, Rev. Masatoshi Shamoto, director
Orvis Auditorium
Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Gagaku Concert

The Hawaiʻi Gagaku Kenkyukai (Hawaiʻi Gagaku Society) welcomes to Hawaiʻi the members of Japan’s Tsu Garyokai for a joint concert of gagaku music. Gagaku is the court music of Japan, and includes instrumental music, vocal music, and dance. Tracing its history to 9th century Japan, it is considered one of the oldest continuously performed music traditions in the world.

The beginnings of Tsu Garyokai came in 1892 with the establishment of the Tenrikyo Tsu Grand Church in Tsu City of Mie Prefecture, Japan. Several young members of the church performed gagaku during services, and their activities gradually led to establishment of the Gagaku Department of Tenrikyo Tsu Grand Church, which offered gagaku classes and performances. After a short hiatus during World War II, activities resumed, and in 1955, the department was renamed Tsu Garyokai. Since then, the group has performed extensively, both inside and outside the Tenrikyo church, using gagaku as an educational tool. The head of Tsu Garyokai is Rev. Kazunari Kubo, the Director of Tenrikyo Tsu Grand Church and Head Minister of the Tenrikyo Tsu-Nakazato branch.

For this concert, Tsu Garyokai has selected a saibara vocal piece, Isenoumi, a kangen (instrumental) piece, Ringa, and Ranyo-o, a solo dance.

Hawaiʻi Gagaku Kenkyukai is a community-University organization dedicated to the study and performance of the gagaku tradition. The director is Rev. Masatoshi Shamoto, who has taught gagaku at the UH Mānoa Music Department for over 40 years. Rev. Shamoto has been an important performer and teacher of gagaku in Japan, Hawaiʻi, and Germany. The ensemble consists of former class members and musicians from the community.

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Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

Directed by Markus Wessendorf
Kennedy Theatre
November 12, 13, 19, December 2, 4 at 7:30 pm
November 21 at 2:00 pm

Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot is surely the most indelible play of the twentieth century. Its central existential image of two tramps waiting for a benefactor who never seems to arrive and still waiting after they have vowed to move on, sums up a bleak world, but one not without humor or hope.

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UH Concert Choir and Chamber Singers
Rachel Samet, conductor

St. Andrews Cathedral
Friday, November 19 at 7:30 pm

UHM Chamber Choir

UH Mānoa’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers present an evening of music composed or inspired by women. Works to be performed include Ildebrando Pizzetti’s 2 Composizioni Corali, set to the lyric poetry of Sappho, as well as music by Chen Yi, Fanny Hensel, Eleanor Daley, Arvo Pärt, G.F. Handel, and Queen Liliʻuokalani.

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Music and Dance of Java and Bali –
UH Gamelan Ensemble

UH Balinese Gamelan Ensemble, I Made Widana, director
UH Javanese Gamelan Ensemble, Byron Moon, director
Pak Hardja Susilo, director emeritus

East-West Center, Imin Center, Keoni Auditorium
Saturday, November 20 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 21 at 4:00 pm

Gamelan Concert

Visiting master dancers from Java and Bali join the UH Gamelan Ensemble as part of the East-West Center’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Presented by the East-West Center and the UHM Music Department with support from the Hawaii Gamelan Society.

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UH Contemporary Music Ensemble – Takeo Kudo and Byron Yasui: A Celebration

Thomas Osborne, director
Orvis Auditorium
Tuesday, November 23 at 7:30 pm

Takeo Kudo and Byron Yasui

The UH Contemporary Music Ensemble honors retiring music faculty Takeo Kudo and Byron Yasui with an evening devoted to the music of both composers.

The student ensemble will join a host of faculty artists for a night of performances and reminiscences. Included on the program are Byron Yasui’s song set Ancient Japanese Poems and the premiere of a new work by Takeo Kudo.

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