Following the success of last year’s free concert which packed the house, once again guitar virtuosos will perform at UH Maui College to shine a light on opportunities to study music and inspire the next generation of musicians.

The concert is scheduled to take place Friday, July 10th at 3:00 PM in the ʻIke Leʻa auditorium, and will feature guitarists Ian O’Sullivan, Christopher Mallett, and Aaron Cardenas. The program will include a variety of music for solo and duet, with a mix of classical guitar and ukulele pieces. A reception with pupus and refreshments will follow at 4:00 PM for all attendees.

Ian O’Sullivan, a Kamehameha graduate and UH alumni who became the first guitarist from Hawaiʻi to earn a Masters in Guitar from Yale University, performed last July and is excited to return. “As a performer, I always feel good when the acoustics are good. It’s nice to share music with another part of the University of Hawaiʻi and especially with the community. I look forward to talking to students after the concert.” OʻSullivan is currently a lecturer in classical guitar at UH Mānoa, and was a finalist in the 2014 Na Hōkū Hanohano awards for his first CD, Born and Raised.

Christopher Mallett has been awarded several prizes including the Eliot Fisk Prize for “outstanding guitarist” from Yale University, the Alumni Ventures Grant from Yale University, and as part of the Oberlin Guitar Duo received top Prize in the International Guitar Chamber Competition in Brownsville Texas. He has also been featured in Classical Guitar Magazine, Soundboard and the American Suzuki Journal. Aaron Cardenas is a current UH Mānoa student.

UH Maui College faculty are excited for the performance as well.

Joel Katz, who teaches guitar at the college, said, “I thoroughly enjoyed the concert last year. The musicianship and sound were wonderful. There was variety in the selection pieces along with altered tunings and types of guitars. It was a great musical experience.”

There is no need to reserve for this free concert and reception. For more information about the event, contact Anne Ku tel: (808) 385 2190 e-mail: anneku@hawaii.edu or Joyce Yamada tel: (808) 984 3663 e-mail: yamadajo@hawaii.edu.

(TOP PHOTO: Arash Noori, Ray Zhou and Ian O’Sullivan stand to take a bow at last year’s free concert at UH Maui College.)