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Niskala to perform piano recital

By Staff | Nov 7, 2019

“Naomi Niskala is a bold, rigorous, poetic champion of this tough-minded but eclectic composer. (Robert) Helps’s legacy is in good hands,” noted Jack Sullivan of American Record Guide.

MAKENA – On Friday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Keawala’i Congregational Church in Makena, Ebb & Flow Arts will present renowned pianist Naomi Niskala of Pennsylvania in a solo piano recital. Admission is free.

Dr. Niskala will perform Roger Sessions’ beautiful “Piano Sonata #1;” two works by Robert Helps, including his gorgeous “Three Hommages;” “Mementi” by Vivian Fine, based on Schubert; Arnold Schoenberg’s legendary “Opus 19;” and “In the Mists” by world-renowned Czech Composer Leos Janacek.

“We are thrilled to invite pianist Naomi Niskala to Hawaii. Her program is in perfect fulfillment of our mission,” explained Robert Pollock, executive director of Ebb & Flow Arts.

“Her phenomenal recording of the complete piano works by Robert Helps is legendary.”

While on Maui, Niskala also will record modern music for inclusion in E&FA’s planned fifth commercial CD.

There will be an intermission with complimentary food and beverages on the beautiful Keawala’i Congregational Church grounds.

“Pianist Niskala impresses through the extreme dynamic changes executed completely without any technical losses…,” noted Matthias Noether of Berliner Zeitung.

“Niskala’s… (playing has) brilliant, hard textures and finger work balanced with gorgeous differentiations of textures,” said Pulitzer Prize-winning Composer David del Tredici.

This event is part of E&FA’s annual, multi-day, multi-site, international NORTH SOUTH EAST WEST FESTIVAL 2019.

The festival is produced, in part, with support from Korean American Foundation Hawaii, AHS Foundation, Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Community Enrichment Program, John R. Halligan Charitable Fund, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music, Edward T. Cone Foundation, Amphion Foundation, BMI Foundation, Kosasa Family Foundation (ABC Stores), Mayor Arakawa Community Kokua Fund, Vendetti Productions LLC, Amphion Foundation (NYC) and private contributions. Website service is provided by Maui Web Designs.

Ebb & Flow Arts is a nonprofit presenter of modern music and multimedia events.

Founded in 1999 by composer/pianist Pollock, E&FA aims to build bridges between the arts and connect artistic expressions and cultures.

Ebb & Flow Arts creates a global soundboard and mirror for music andart in Hawaii.

Visit www.ebbandflowarts.org, call (808) 876-1854 or e-mail ebbandflowarts2013@gmail.com for more information.