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Free classical music concert slated at the Baldwin Home

By Staff | May 12, 2011

Harpist Tatyana Shapiro-Leiste will appear in the 2011 Maui Invitational Music Festival classical music concert on May 21 at the Baldwin Home.

LAHAINA — The 2011 Maui Invitational Music Festival will present a free classical music concert on Saturday, May 21, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the Baldwin Home on Front Street.

The public is invited to enjoy performances by some of Maui’s best classical musicians, as well as several youngsters performing for the first time.

The Maui Cello Quartet, harpist Tatyana Shapiro-Leiste, Maui Brass Ensemble and the Suzuki-Maui Talent Education and Ability Development group will be featured.

The program begins at 3:30 p.m. with the Maui Cello Quartet. The group’s selections cover a broad spectrum of classical music from Baroque to modern day compositions. Their unique blend of sounds were a highlight at last year’s festival.

A performance by the young students of Suzuki-Maui Talent Education and Ability Development follows at 4:15 p.m.

Classical harpist Shapiro-Leiste will play pieces by Handel, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Donizetti, Gliere and others beginning at 4:50 p.m.

And the Maui Brass Ensemble will finish the program from 5:30 to 6 p.m. with music by Pezel, Bach and Handel; a Scott Joplin rag; and two Japanese folk songs, “Sakura” and “Kimigayo.”

The annual Maui Invitational Music Festival is presented by Arts Education for Children Group (AECG), a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 that is dedicated to providing opportunities for artistic and cultural enrichment. The Festival is supported by the county Office of Economic Development and Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Admission to the open-air May 21 classical music concert is free. For a complete schedule of the 2011 Maui Invitational Music Festival concerts and workshops, visit www.aecg.org or call (808) 283-3576.