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Free classical music concert to be held at Baldwin Home

By Staff | May 20, 2010

LAHAINA — The 2010 Maui Invitational Music Festival will present a free classical music concert on Saturday, May 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Baldwin Home in Lahaina.

Chamber music will be performed by the Maui Brass Ensemble, Maui Cello Quartet and Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (MYPO)’s violin trio.

The Maui Brass Ensemble will feature many well-known composers in transcriptions of major works, such as Rachmaninoff’s “Ave Maria,” J.S. Bach’s “Contrapunctus I” from the “Art of the Fugue,” and Purcell’s “Trumpet Tune and Ayre.” 

There will also be several pieces composed specifically for the instruments featured in a brass quintet, such as Cheetham’s “Scherzo.” The rich sounds of two trumpets, French horn, trombone and tuba will also be heard in the works of Handel, Mendelsohn and Copland.

Maui Brass Ensemble members are topnotch musicians and regular performers with Maui Pops and the Maui Community Band. Lisa Owen, tuba player and leader of the group, has played professionally both in Europe and the U.S.

Lance Jo, trumpet player, retired from Baldwin High School after being the band leader there for 35 years. Now he conducts MYPO, which also features Cody Sarmiento on trumpet and Sue Nakama on French horn.

The Maui Cello Quartet is a collaboration of cellists of the Maui Pops Orchestra: Silvina Samuel, Cheryl Lindley, Ron Schecter and Michelle Ancheta.

Founded in 2005 by Iolani Yamashiro, Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra introduces the fine arts of music to the many talented children of Maui. More than 70 adults and students from schools throughout Maui are involved in MYPO’s performance groups.

The Maui Invitational Music Festival is presented by Arts Education for Children Group (AECG), a nonprofit organization founded in 1996. It is dedicated to providing opportunities for artistic and cultural enrichment for the Maui community.

The festival is supported by the county Office of Economic Development and Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Admission to the open-air concert is free. There is paid parking behind the Baldwin Home (enter from Dickenson Street). Proceeds go toward the preservation and continued maintenance of all Lahaina’s historic sites.

For a complete schedule of Maui Invitational Music Festival workshops, classes and concerts, visit www.aecg.org or call 283-3576.