The first-ever performances of the University Strings ensemble highlight the UH West Oʻahu’s late-semester music offerings and concerts, which begin next week.
The events include:
- Tuesday, Nov. 20: Curious About Opera?, a one-hour program featuring Hawaiʻi Opera Theatre singers Blythe Kelsey and Leslie Goldman accompanied by pianist Erick Schank. Hawaiʻi Opera Theatre Director of Education and UH West Oʻahu voice instructor Erik Haines will join the group for opera and Broadway songs and duets. The program is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday Nov. 20 in C225. Free.
- Monday, Nov. 26: War and Peace, a program by Chamber Music Hawaiʻi’s Spring Wind Quintet. The group will present a musical celebration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, including the Hawaiʻi premiere of John Steinmetz’ work that was inspired by the Hōkūleʻa’s voyage, along with selections from West Side Story. Students with current ID free; others $31. 7 p.m., James & Abigail Campbell Library.
- Wednesday, Dec. 5: A Winter Concert. The University Band under the direction of Chadwick Kamei and Michael Nakasone will perform, as will the University Chorus directed by Justin Kaʻupu. The Hawaiian Ensemble and Beginning Ūkulele will perform under the direction of Bobby Moderow. The program will culminate with the first performance of the University Strings ensemble, which will be directed by Dr. Jon Magnussen. 6 to 8 p.m., Center Court at Ka Makana Aliʻi. Free. For those who wish to get there early, at 4:30 p.m. there will be a pre-concert show featuring music by early college songwriters.
- Thursday, Dec. 6: Inaugural Concert by University Strings. Jacques Arcadelt’s “Il Bianco E Dolce Cigno,” J.S. Bach’s Concerto in D Minor, Edvard Grieg’s “Holberg Suite,” and Jon Magnussen’s “Swell Lines.” 7:00-8:00 p.m., James & Abigail Campbell Library. Free.
The University Strings ensemble began this semester under the direction of Magnussen.