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Seasoned pros and students to play free classical music concert in Lahaina

By Staff | May 17, 2012

Tatyana Shapiro-Leiste is a professional concert harpist from St. Petersburg, Russia.

LAHAINA – The 2012 Maui Invitational Music Festival will present a free classical music concert on Saturday, May 26, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Baldwin Home along Front Street.

The public is invited to enjoy performances by some of Maui’s best classical musicians and students.

Maui Brass Ensemble under the direction of Lisa Owen, harpist Tatyana Shapiro-Leiste and soprano Lisa Paulson will be featured along with high school students Sharon Nakama and Skyler Mendoza.

The Maui Brass Ensemble will perform works by Mouret (Masterworks Theater Theme), Handel, Bach, Joplin and more. The ensemble consists of Julius Galanto and Lance Jo, trumpets; Sue Nakama, French horn; Stephen Rodrigues, trombone; and Lisa Owen, tuba and leader.

For more than 20 years, the Maui Brass Ensemble has performed on Maui, specializing in classical music and popular annual holiday concerts.

Lisa Paulson has been a featured soloist in many of Maui’s classical concerts and was a 2004 HPR Art Song Contest winner.

Members are topnotch musicians and regular performers with Maui Pops and the Maui Community Band.

Owen has played professionally both in Europe and the United States.

Works for classical solo harp and opera favorites to be performed by Shapiro-Leiste and Paulson include music by Italian, French and Russian composers such as “Norma” by Bellini, “Moldau” by Smetana, “Samson and Dalilah” by Saint-Saens and more.

Shapiro-Leiste is a professional, classically trained concert harpist from St. Petersburg, Russia. She works as an orchestra harpist and solo performer, recording artist, composer and arranger, and private harp and piano teacher. She has performed on television and was seen in one of the 2010 “Dancing with the Stars” episodes.

Paulson has been singing professionally for 26 years, including performances in local productions of “Honk!,” “King and I,” “Annie” and “Cats.”

Nakama, an outstanding young oboist, also plays the piano. After graduating from high school, she plans to attend University of Nevada at Las Vegas as a music major.

Mendoza is an extraordinary pianist who also plays all the percussion instruments. He is headed for the University of Washington as a medical student with music as a minor.

In addition to their regular school groups, both Sharon and Skyler play in the Maui Pops, Maui Community Band, Honolulu Youth Symphony and Maui Youth Symphony.

They will perform “Fantasia ” for oboe and piano by Pasculli, “Romance” for oboe and piano by Schumann and “Tambourin” for xylophone and piano, among other selections.

Paid parking is available behind the Baldwin Home (enter from Dickenson Street). Proceeds go toward the preservation and continued maintenance of Lahaina’s historic sites.

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. Call (808) 283-3576 or visit www.aecg.org.