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Recent Events

Educational Activities for the 2015-2016 season  
fandango Fandango
Sept. 24, 2015
zemlinsky Zemlinsky String Quartet
Oct. 20, 2015
nakamatsu Nakamatsu and Spring Wind Quintet
Jan. 20, 2016
opera Hawaii Opera Theatre
Feb. 3, 2016
flamenco Juan Siddi Flamenco
March 1, 2016
lark Tessa Lark
March 16, 2016
soyeon_ran Soyeon Lee Ran Dank
May 10, 2016


 

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This season the Concert Society's educational activities are reaching approximately one-thousand students in East Hawai`i. Your contributions allowed students to see, hear and learn about fine music and dance, and are especially important because our educational presentations and student discounts provide some of the only such opportunities available to many of our community's youth.

In September Fandango visited Chiefess Kapiolani School, where the musicians were enthusiastically embraced by the students (see top image). In October the Zemlinsky String Quartet gave an unusual master class for Cathy Young's string ensemble. One member of the quartet conducted; the other three joined the violin, viola, and cello sections (second image). It was a thrill to see the communication between the Czech professionals and the Big Island amateurs, and the marked improvement of the ensemble's playing during the rehearsal.

In January the Spring Wind Quintet presented an educational program at Keaukaha School for roughly 100 students. In February members of Hawai`i Opera Theatre met with U.H. Hilo voice students, not to coach them in singing, but to share with them their career stories and experiences.

In March Juan Siddi Flamenco performed some of the same dances that we saw in the public concert for 4th-6th grade students from public and charter schools from Hilo to Puna. Almost 600 children and their teachers filled the U.H. Hilo Performing Arts Center. As shown below (third image), many were invited onto the stage for an introductory flamenco dance lesson.

Also in March Tessa Lark gave a master class for violin students. Those of you who saw and heard her connect with the audience during her public concert will understand how easily she established rapport with each student during the class (bottom image).

We look forward to the master class that Ran Dank will give for piano students in May.

Upon the recommendation of the U.H. Hilo Performing Arts Department, the Concert Society's annual $500 scholarship was awarded to Performing Arts student and clarinetist Michael Voight.

We thank our members, who made all of this possible. We are already planning outreach events with some of next season's artists.

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