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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, November 2, 2001

Chamber orchestra society announces 10-program series

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Editor

To mark its 35th year of musical productions, the Hawaii Chamber Orchestra Society is resuming a full season of chamber music concerts with an 10-show "Cameo" series on the third Thursday of each month, starting this month.

"What better way to give each other positive reinforcement in these troubled times than through good music shared in the intimate setting of the beautiful Church of the Crossroads?" said Jackie Ward, HCOS president.

Gabriel A. Villasurda, conductor and orchestra director at Punahou School, has been named music director and principal conductor for the series.

Concerts will be at 7:30 p.m., at the church, 1212 University Ave. The schedule:

  • Nov. 29: Mozart's "Divertimento for Strings in F Major," Grieg's "Holberg Suite Opus 40 for Strings," Howard Hanson's "Rhythmic Variations on Two Ancient Themes" and J.S. Bach's "Suite No. 1 in C Major for Strings, Two Oboes, Bassoon and Harpsichord."
  • Dec. 20: Christmas concert with Louise Emery conducting the Hawai'i Chamber Orchestra, featuring Telemann's "Concerto for Viola and Orchestra" with Chad Uehara, viola; Scarlatti's "Christmas Cantata," with soprano Robin Craver; Mozart's "Allelujah," from "Exultate Jubilate," with Robin Craver; selections from J.S. Bach's "Suite No. 3" and selections from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite."
  • Jan. 17: Mendelssohn and Beethoven program, featuring strings and piano.
  • Feb. 21: Haydn and Weber program, featuring cellist I Bei Lin and flutist Fred Lau.
  • March 21: Mozart program, featuring "musical jokes."
  • April 18: Concert version of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Mikado," with Cathy Foy and Guy Merola.
  • May 16: Classical jazz program, featuring works by Gershwin, Ravel and Claude Bolling.
  • June 20: Music for children of all ages, by Saint Saens and Prokofiev.
  • July 18: "On the Light Side," operetta and show tunes by Bernstein, Lehar and Strauss.
  • Aug. 15: Opera and concert arias and music of Villa-Lobos and Purcell.

Tickets: $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students, free for children under 12; on sale at Best Sellers downtown, the Hungry Ear Kailua, or from the chamber orchestra society. Information: 734-0397 or 247-0610.