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Maui Classical Music Festival includes Kapalua concert

By Staff | Apr 25, 2011

With some magic from Mozart with enchanting sound combinations, the Maui Classical Music Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary with a week of performances at venues across the Valley Isle.

The festival begins on Saturday, April 30, at 7 p.m. at Makawao Union Church with “Amadeus: The Magical Life and Music of Mozart.” His oeuvre is illustrated through the performance of his music and narration by television and radio personality Howard Dicus.

The music spans from the composer’s earliest piano solo pieces written at age five, and an early flute sonata and piano trio, to the mature works of a soprano aria from “The Marriage of Figaro,” a selection from “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” and the “String Quintet in D Major.”

The nine festival musicians have earned a large collection of major prizes and accomplishments. They group includes the music directors, violist Yizhak Schotten and pianist Katherine Collier, who have been with the concert series since it began in 1982 as the Kapalua Music Festival.

“Over these years, Yizhak and I have traveled throughout the world with our music, but our most memorable moments are making music on beautiful Maui with over 380 fantastic musicians from the U.S. and 16 foreign countries,” said Collier.

Flutist Lorna McGhee, her husband, violist David Harding, and soprano Mary Bonhag and her husband, double bass player Evan Premo, also performed at earlier Maui festivals. Cellist David Requiro played in the 2009 and 2010 festivals, and violinist Arnaud Sussmann performed in 2009.

Violinist Emanuel Borok, concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, completes the group. He has performed with Yehudi Menuin, Janos Starker, Pinchas Zuckerman, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, Lynn Harrell, Christopher Hogwood and other classical music icons.

The concert locations have been chosen for their beauty, excellent acoustics and historical status.

The musicians will perform favorite encore pieces, ending with Enescu’s thrilling “Rumanian Rhapsody for Strings and Piano,” and others at the Showcase Concert on Sunday, May 1, at Sacred Hearts Church in Kapalua.

Keawala’i Congregational Church in Makena will serve as the setting for the Sunset Soiree with the four “Bs” — Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Bernstein. The concert will feature arias from Bach’s “Coffee Cantata” and his “Easter Oratorio” on Monday, May 2. Other performances will include Bernstein’s “Glitter and Be Gay,” a Beethoven sonata and a Brahms’ string sextet.

After a concert on Wednesday, May 4, in Hana’s Wananalua Congregational Church, the musicians return to Keawala’i on Friday, May 6, for works from Bach, Roussel, Rossini and Dvorak.

“We feel honored to be able to come every year and bring our favorite musicians to make music together for the very special Maui audiences,” said Collier. “We look forward to being in Maui soon for this 30th anniversary year, and we thank all of you for your continuing support. Please join us for the celebration!”

For more information, visit www.mauiclassicalmusicfestival.org.