Performances

Free Guitar Concert at UH-Maui College, July 25, 2014 at 12 Noon

Renowned guitarist Benjamin Verdery

Renowned guitarist Benjamin Verdery

Kahului, Hawai‘i – Virtuoso guitarists Ian O’Sullivan, Ray Zhou, Arash Noori will perform a free noon concert at UH Maui College on Friday, July 25. The program, sponsored by the UH-Maui College Music Department, will include baroque guitar, classical guitar, and ‘ukulele, and will take place in the science building lecture theatre (‘Ike Le‘a 144) at 12:00 PM. The concert is a special event in the week-long guitar masterclass taught by the renowned American guitarist and chair of the guitar department at the Yale School of Music, Benjamin Verdery. This year marks the 15th year that Mr. Verdery has held a guitar masterclass on Maui. Over that time, over 125 guitarists have come from across the United States and around the world to Maui to study with Mr. Verdery, many of them returning multiple times. The class includes one-on-one instruction not only with Mr. Verdery but also with world-famous guest teachers, including this year John Dearman of the acclaimed Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. The class also includes the performance of ensemble music, with the 15 to 20 guitarists in the class performing as a guitar orchestra. Each year, the orchestra performs at least one piece of music written by a Hawaiian composer. This year, that piece will be Bailey Matsuda’s “Born and Raised,” in an arrangement by Ian O’Sullivan.

O‘ahu-based Guitarist Ian O'Sullivan

O‘ahu-based Guitarist Ian O’Sullivan

The concert at Maui college will feature three extraordinary young performers, all of whom have studied with Mr. Verdery, either on Maui, at Yale, or both. Ian O’Sullivan grew up […]

By |July 3rd, 2014|Categories: Announcements, Blog, Performances||0 Comments

Piano Concert & Workshop May 7, 2014

For those you who missed the full-house blast of Earth Day Jam in which we were joined by two members of the Boom Booms Band from Vancouver, the Chinese erhu player Hong Zhou, the Kihei-based singer songwriter Louise Lambert, and the violinist Wenlu Duffy, you won’t want to miss this!

We look forward to our final workshop and concert this the semester on Wednesday May 7th from 5 to 8 PM. We will begin with solo performances followed by intermission and then group playing.

Students from Anne Ku’s three piano classes will be rehearsing and setting up from 4:15 pm onwards. Feel free to arrive before 5 pm and enjoy the polytonal, polyphonic, and polyrhythmic sounds of the twenty-some pianos.

Feel free to visit the EVENT ON OUR CALENDAR and click on “YES” to add to your Google Calendar.

Note: Last December, our concert of December 18th, 2013 was a full house without prior advertisement.

Piano Workshop and Concert poster designed by Kattie Fluharty

Piano Workshop and Concert poster designed by Kattie Fluharty

UH-MC Steel Guitar Students Perform At Maui Steel Guitar Festival

A number of students in our inaugual Elementary Hawaiian Steel Guitar class peformed at the Maui Steel Guitar Festival this past Saturday at the Ka‘ānapali Beach Hotel. Mahalo to their kumu Joel Katz for preparing and accompanying them during the performance. Many in attendance were suprised but delighted to learn that steel guitar is a regular course at Music at UH Maui College, and will be offered again next semester.

We will be offering a combined Elementary and Intermediate steel guitar class in the fall. Please stay tuned for details!

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By |April 15th, 2014|Categories: Announcements, Blog, Performances||0 Comments

UHMC Music Week 2014!

Attention music lovers! The community is invited to an exciting weeklong series of free events that includes musical performances, workshops, presentations, and even the opportunity to drop in on the music class of their choice. Beginning Monday, April 21st and continuing through Friday, April 25th, the series is your chance to explore your musical side and learn more about the opportunities to study music at UH Maui College.

MusicWeekPRPic “Our music faculty have vast knowledge and experiences in many musical styles”, said Dr. Keola Donaghy, interim coordinator of music studies at UHMC. “We wanted to share our passion for music with the community, and let everyone know that you can take a class in anything from steel guitar to classical piano. There’s an abundance of musical activities and learning opportunities right here on Maui.”

The series includes: piano workshops with and a piano recital by music lecturer Anne Ku, a piano recital by UHMC students of lecturer Karyn Sarring, a lecture and video presentation by the Vancouver, British Columbia-based group The Boom Booms, Maui-based performers Gilbert Emata and Jimi Canha, a presentation by UH-Mānoa Assistant Professor and Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning recording artist Aaron J. Salā, and an Open Mic night on Thursday evening.   All activities are free and open to the public. Students and the Maui community are also invited to attend any music class of their choice for the week of April 21st-April 25th. All are welcome!

Click here for a one-page schedule of open music classes and events for the week, including Earth Day. For a list of music classes being conducted that week, and the days and times the classes meet, […]

Free Piano Workshops in Kupa’a 104

Poster designed by Rossil Estillore, of Harvey Reed's Design Class, UHMC

Poster designed by Rossil Estillore, of Harvey Reed’s Design Class, UHMC

Did you know that Room 104 in the Kupa’a Building has more pianos than anywhere else on Maui?

It’s the ideal place to learn to play piano in a group setting. It’s social, dynamic, and fun! That’s why musicians join rock bands, chamber ensembles, or orchestras.

Experience what it’s like to play the piano in a FREE one-hour workshop. Here’s what we learned in the last two workshops:

December 18, 2013: we played two pieces to official videos (John Lennon’s Imagine and Pachelbel Canon to Vitamin C’s Graduation Song)

March 21st, 2013: five piano students assisted eight members of the Inspired Teaching Committee (faculty and staff) to play all 88 keys on the piano

  • the chromatic scale using just three fingers
  • block and broken triads by crossing hands over each other
  • pentatonic improvisation to create a massive sound field
  • introduction to Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling

Next two workshops:

  • Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 from 2 to 3 PM celebrate Earth Day Jam — learn to play Iz’s “Over the Rainbow” and other finger ballet. After the workshop, there’s a break with snacks. You can stay and listen to live performances of current piano students as they prepare for their final recital.
  • Wednesday May 7th, 2014  piano concert from 5 to 6:30 pm.  Piano ensemble workshop from 7 […]

Discounted Tickets for UHMC Students For Selected Events This Fall At MACC

macc_logotypeThe Maui Arts and Cultural Center has offered discouted prices to UH-Maui students for the Fall 2013 semester. The price for tickets is $15 ($12 special ticket price plus $3 facility fee= $15 total)
. The UH-MC special offer is for students only – not faculty – and only for these select shows.


Students MUST show their current, validated UH-MC ID at the Box Office.

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By |September 14th, 2013|Categories: Announcements, Blog, Performances||Comments Off

Free Concert, String Quartet from San Francisco This Sat. 10 Aug, 2013

Please join us this Saturday 10th Aug for an evening of 20th & 21st century classics for string quartet.

6:30 pm Pre-concert talk  - highly recommended

7:30 pm Concert A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center at Seabury Hall, 480 Olinda Rd.,  Makawao

String Quartet: Leading musicians from San Francisco Symphony -  Sarn Oliver, Mariko Smiley, violins,  David Kim, viola, and Sebastien Gingras cello . The program contains 20th century ‘classics’ by Stravinsky and Shostakovich,  a work by Ebb & Flow Art’s Honorary President, Dr. George Walker (www.georgetwalker.com) – the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music, and world premieres by a member of the group, Sarn Oliver, composer and violinist (www.sarnoliver.com)  Some interesting notes:

  • Stravinsky (www.igorstravinsky.com) wrote his ground-breaking “Three Pieces” for string quartet in 1914.
  • Shostakovich(http://shostakovich.hilwin.nl)) wrote his “String Quartet #8” in 1960. This work is often called autobiographical because Shostakovich used a theme based on the first letters of his name.  He also dedicated the work: ‘In Remembrance of the Victims of Fascism and War’.
  • Violinist Sarn Oliver offers two premieres of his music: “Transparency and Transcendance”, and “Undertow” (for electric string quartet).
  • The second movement of George Walker’s “String Quartet #1” (1946) is his best known piece, sometimes called “Lyric” for strings.

The concert is presented and sponsored by Ebb & Flow Arts: www.ebbandflowarts.org and ebbandflowarts2013@gmail.com. Note: the entire event (pre-concert talk & concert) is FREE. As usual, do stay around to meet the musicians afterwards.

Warm regards, Anne Ku

By |August 8th, 2013|Categories: Announcements, Blog, Performances||Comments Off

Dear Classical Music Aficionados

Here on Maui, live classical music performances are rare occasions. I invite you to join me tonight for classical guitar and Sat 10 Aug for chamber music. Both events are free. Arrive early to grab a good seat.

benjamin_verderyTonight 31 July 2013 Makena 7 pm
Classical guitar concert at the Keawala’i Church at 5300 Makena Road in Makena. It will feature solo and ensemble performances by members of Benjamin Verdery’s Maui masterclass. Solo music will include selections by Piazzolla, Dowland, Villa-Lobos, and others. Duets will feature music of Granados and Sergio Assad. The full ensemble of 19 guitarists will perform music by Verdery, Frederic Hand, and Hawaiian guitarist Ian O’Sullivan, with each composer conducting their own piece. Admission is free.

More info:
Ben Verdery Guitar Class on Maui
Keawala’i Church

Sat 10 August 2013 @7:30 pm Makawao, Seabury Hall [pre-concert talk @ 6:30 pm)
String quartet
Seabury Hall A’ali’ikuhunoa Creative Arts Center at 480 Olinda Road, Makawao
Ebb & Flow Arts present CHAMBER MUSIC FROM SAN FRANCISCO. Leading musicians from San Francisco Symphony – Sarn Oliver, Mariko Smiley, violins, David Kim, viola, and Sebastien Gingras ‘cello – perform string quartets from the 20th & 21st centuries.

More info:
Ebb & Flow Arts

Hope to see you there!

Cheers,
Anne Ku
Instructor, UHMC Piano Classes, Fall 2013

By |July 31st, 2013|Categories: Announcements, Blog, Performances||Comments Off