Blast from the Past – Tenth Anniversary Concert Year

December 22, 2013

ImageOn January 19, 2014 the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra will continue their 2013-2014 concert season with a “Blast From the Past”, playing favorite works from previous years to commemorate the orchestra’s 10th anniversary.   The program at Kahilu Theater in Waimea will feature solo performances by concertmaster Ursula Vietze, principal second violinist Joel Gimpel and artistic director Dr. Madeline Schatz in Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”.

The orchestra’s string section will be highlighted in this program, which will also include Mendelssohn’s lively “Swiss Symphony” and Barber’s plaintive “Adagio”.

The concert begins at 4:00 pm.  Tickets will be $20.00/$15.00/$10.00 & $5.00, depending on seating, and they can be purchased online, at Kahilu’s box office, or at the door.

To purchase tickets online,  visit Kahilu Theater’s website at: this link

Antonio Vivaldi’s “Le quattro stagioni”, (The Four Seasons) composed in 1723, is among the most familiar pieces of baroque music, and Vivaldi’s best-known work. Vivaldi, who was highly inventive and avant-garde for his time, introduced the concept of instrumental music that tells a story with these compositions, a set of four violin concertos depicting the four seasons of spring, summer, fall and winter.  First published in 1725 as part of a set of “Twelve concerti, Op. 8″ titled “Il cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventione”, (The Contest Between Harmony and Invention), each concerto is in three movements, with a slow movement in between two fast movements.  As a violin virtuoso, Vivaldi extended the technique of the instrument, illustrated by the complexity of the solo parts for these concertos.

Ursula Vietze will reprise her spectacular October 2005 performance of Concerto No. 1 in E Major, “La Primavera” (Spring), which depicts the bird song, melting snow and gentle breezes of the spring season.  For this concert, she will also perform Concerto No. 3 in E Major, “L’Autunno” (Autumn), a musical celebration of the bountiful harvest and the beginning of the fall hunt.  Vietze is founder and manager of Magic Strings ensemble, as well as concertmaster of the Kamuela Philharmonic and Kona Music Society Orchestras.  She studied at the Conservatory of Music in Frankfurt, Germany and has played with many different orchestras in both Germany and the US. She was a member of the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Johann Strauss Orchestra in Germany and has played with the Honolulu Symphony and Maui Symphony Orchestras. A resident of Hawaii since 1989, Vietze teaches violin and piano at Ursula’s Music Studio in Kona.

Joel Gimpel also soloed with the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra in October 2005, on Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, “L’Estate” (Summer), which portrays searing summer heat and sometimes violent storms.  A West Hawaii Today review of Gimpel’s performance said he played the concerto with “a foot stomping enthusiasm that echoed the fierce thunder of the music”.  Gimpel, who has a B.S. in Music Education from the University of Illinois, was a music teacher and orchestra director in the East Aurora, Illinois schools.  He was also concertmaster of the Fox Valley Symphony, principal cellist with the DuPage Symphony, first violinist with the St. Louis Symphony, principal second violin with the Highland Park Strings, jobbing violinist and bass guitarist with dance and show bands in Chicago, and while attending law school, violinist and bassist in the College Inn Orchestra of the Sherman Hotel.  Upon retirement from his legal position, Gimpel moved to Kona where he’s continued his musical pursuits. Besides acting as principal second violinist for the Kamuela Philharmonic, he plays violin and viola for private parties and celebrations, and in solo and chamber music recitals.  He is a member of Kona’s Traveling Jewish Wedding Band, is the violinist for many local theatre productions, and often acts as Music Director at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu.

Dr. Madeline Schatz will be the soloist on Concerto No. 4 in F Minor: “L’Inverno”(Winter).  The ice and freezing cold of the winter season is reflected in the music of this piece.  Although in recent years Dr. Schatz has concentrated on teaching strings and piano, and developing the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra as artistic director and conductor, she moved to Hawaii Island after a long, successful career as a concert violinist and violist, so hearing her violin solo on this concerto should be a rare treat.  As well as performing on violin and viola with major orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Los Angles Chamber Orchestra, Dr. Schatz has appeared with numerous other orchestras, both nationally in Utah, New Mexico, Washington, Virginia and Oregon, and internationally in London, England as a concert artist and guest conductor. She won the grand prize at the international Coleman Chamber Music Competition five times and has studied chamber music with the Julliard, Netherlands and Amadeus Quartets.  She has also recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra and Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra.

Prolific German composer Felix Mendelssohn, referred to by his contemporary Robert Schumann as the Mozart of the 19th century, composed more than 400 pieces by the time he died at age 38.  He was only 14 years old when he wrote String Symphony No. 9 (Swiss Symphony) after a family sightseeing trip to Lucerne, Switzerland.  The work features a Swiss folk melody, and the third movement is reminiscent of mountain echoes.  It includes an alpine yodel, something which fascinated the young Mendelssohn. One of his best known works, Overture to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, was composed at age 17.  Another popular piece, “Hebrides Overture” was inspired by his impressions of Scotland.  His music was the essence of Romanticism, with its expression of feelings and emotions.  Good humor and optimism characterize Mendelssohn’s music, and his serene melodic style is universally appealing.   The orchestra first performed this piece at their debut concert on March 21, 2004, is looking forward to an even better performance of the piece for this concert.

Samuel Barber arranged the second movement of his “String Quartet, Op. 11” to create the beautiful “Adagio for Strings” in 1936.  It is certainly the composer’s best known work, and some music critics consider it the most popular of all 20th century orchestral works. The melody of the piece, which first slowly ascends and then descends in a stepwise fashion, pauses after four climactic chords, then resumes the opening theme and fades away, calling up a sense of sadness and deep emotion.  It has been used in numerous television shows and movies (most famously as the soundtrack to the movie “Platoon”), one factor in the vast popularity of the work.  Members of the Kamuela Philharmonic requested Dr. Schatz to program this piece for their winter concert on January 16, 2005 and are looking forward to the opportunity to play it again.

The mission of the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society is to present live, high-quality orchestral music to BigIsland audiences, and to further the musical education of young people.  As a charitable organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, donations to help us accomplish that mission may be tax deductible.  Any contributions placed in our calabash during concerts, mailed to us at P.O. Box 2597, Kamuela, HI96743, or done via our website at are greatly appreciated.  Special thanks go to Kahilu Theater and West Hawaii Today for helping to make this performance possible. We look forward to seeing you at our concerts.

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10th Anniversary Year ~ The New Season Begins…

cello-anton-scrollpPlans for the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra’s exciting new season are moving forward, and fans of the orchestra who want to maximize the effects of their financial help to the group can do so through their participation in this year’s Give Aloha Program.  Although the continuing generosity of benefactors such as the Dorrance Family Foundation, Kahilu Theater and Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, as well as many local small businesses, has made it possible for the orchestra survive and grow, more contributions to this effort are always needed.

If you would like to help the orchestra, and really make your donation count, your participation in Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts program would be a great way to accomplish this.  “Give Aloha,” which honors Foodland Super Market, Ltd. founder Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan, continues his legacy of giving back to the community.  Partnering with the Western Union Foundation, Foodland matches all donations up to a total of $325,000.00 each year for all participating non-profit organizations, directing their charitable giving efforts towards the programs their customers consider most important.  Like other worthy local 501(c)(3) organizations, the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra has signed up to take part in this event, which runs from September 1-30, 2013.  When you shop at Foodland or Sack N Save during the month of September, you simply show your Maka’i Card and ask to make a donation to the orchestra (up to $249.00 per person).  Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will then match your donation to our organization.

Holiday Concert at UH HiloThe Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra will start its 2013-2014 season by expanding programs to East Hawaii  audiences, collaborating on a holiday concert in Hilo with the UH Hilo music department.  The concert program will include Haydn “Symphony No. 26 (Christmas Symphony)”, Laland “Christmas Symphony”,  Manfredini “Christmas Symphony” and selected choral works .

10th_anniversary!Since January 26, 2014 marks the orchestra’s 10th anniversary, their January 19, 2014 concert will be a “Blast From the Past”,  reprising favorite works from previous concert seasons.   The program at Kahilu Theater in Waimea will include Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” (featuring violin soloists from the orchestra) and Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings”.

Concerto Competition for Youth - StringsThe orchestra’s Third Annual Concerto Competition will be held on February 1 & 2, 2014, and the three winning young string players will perform their solos, with orchestra accompaniment, at the orchestra’s spring concert, scheduled March 30, 2014 at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows Tennis Pavilion.  Also on the program for that concert is Dvorak’s “New World Symphony”, another “Blast From the Past”.

Click HERE for Application and Repertoire forms.

Please help the orchestra continue its mission of providing low cost admission to concerts of quality orchestral music, and furthering the musical knowledge of local young people.  Give Aloha today!

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Bring your Valentine to Enjoy Hawaiian Love Songs with John and Hope Keawe

John and Hope Keawe Play Hawaiian Love songs with KPOThe Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra will once again join Grammy award winning local slack-key artist John Keawe for an evening of romantic music on Thursday, February 14, 2013. “Hawaiian Love Songs”, the orchestra’s 1st Annual St. Valentines’s Day fundraiser, will feature Keawe playing some of his favorite songs, accompanied by an 18-piece orchestra of strings and woodwinds led by Maestra Madeline Schatz, with Hope Keawe dancing hula. The event begins at 6:00 pm in The Fairmont Orchid’s Grand Ballroom.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $70.00 per person, and can be purchased online or by phone at (800-838-3006),  or from the Kona Wine Market at Kona Commons.
Light pupus prepared by sponsor The Fairmont Orchid, and two beverages are included in the ticket price.

A live and silent auction will be conducted prior to the concert. Some of the
exciting auction items that will be offered include: rounds of golf at Nanea
Golf Club, Mauna Lani Golf Course and Waikoloa Village Golf Club; a helicopter
tour by Blue Hawaiian Helicopters; overnight stays at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel
and Bungalows and Waimea Guest House; passes to the Big Island Film Festival;
art works, including paintings by Darrell Hill, glass art by Rebecca Johnson and
photos by C. Brad Lewis, as well as gift certificates from Gallery of Great
Things at Parker Square, Holualoa Gallery, Lilikoi Café , Café Pesto in Kawaihae
and Kope Lani Coffee in Kona, along with many other interesting items. Visit
the orchestra’s website to catch a “Sneak Peek” of these items
and more details on the auction.

John Keawe enjoyed his orchestral debut with the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra
last March, and is glad to once more help the orchestra raise money for their
programs, including music education. The five songs Keawe chose for that
concert, “Aina Hanau, “Beautiful Hula Dancer” (dedicated to his wife Hope),
”Kauholo”, “ Puuwai Hoano” and “Steal The Morning” were orchestrated especially
for the fundraiser by Kamuela Philharmonic principal cellist, Herb Mahelona.
Mahelona, a Kamehameha Schools teacher, composer, web designer and filmmaker, as
well as a musician, is also of Hawaiian heritage.

He picked four additional Keawe songs to orchestrate: “Hawaii Island Is My Home”, “Faces of Pele”, “Kohala Kuu Home” (which has vocals in Hawaiian) and “Slack Key 101″, because they were so much fun for him to arrange. These songs celebrate Keawe’s thankfulness for being Hawaiian, and love of his home, Hawaii Island (which he prefers over “Big Island”), since these are the primary inspirations for his music. At the request of Musical Director Madeline Schatz, Mahelona also arranged “Hawaii Ponoi” and Schatz’s favorite Hawaiian song “Poliahu” for the program. 

The combined talents of these two”homegrown” musical entities make for a very
different and highly enjoyable event. Both John Keawe and the orchestra are
looking forward to sharing this experience with their Hawaii Island fans, both
old and new.

If you want to contribute to the future growth and improvement of the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra, and assist us in continuing to provide live, high quality orchestral music to local audiences, your attendance at this event would be greatly appreciated. The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society is a 501(c)3, so any donations you make may be tax deductible. You can also mail your contributions to P.O. Box 5550, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745 or contribute via Paypal on our website.

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CanoeHouse has Special Menu for KPO Members and Patrons After the Winter Concert

The CanoeHouseThe CanoeHouse will be offering a special Chef’s Menu after the Winter Concert for KPO
$90 per person inclusive of tax, gratuity, and coffee, tea, or soft drink.
Alcohol and specialty drinks are not included.
For reservations call 808 881 7911
Please mention that you would like to reserve a table for the KPO Chef’s Special
1st Course

Butter Leaf Salad
Hawaii Island Goat Cheese, Peppercorn Brittle, Tomato, Cucumber, Brown
Butter Lilikoi Vinaigrette
Furikake Crusted Ono
Seared Rare, Uncle Les’ Fern Shoot Salad, Tempura Green Beans, Ginger Dressing
Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup
House Bacon, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Garlic Croutons
Main Course

Salt & Pepper Daily Catch
JD Farms Asparagus and Candied Garlic, Sweet Corn Milk, Spicy Corn Polenta
Pulehu Pork Ribs
Spicy Soy, Organic Pineapple Baked Beans, Edamame, House Citrus Slaw
Pipi, Canoe House Dry Aged Tenderloin
Pressure Cooked Ali’i Mushrooms, Baked Potato Mash, Singapore Pepper Sauce

Choice of current dessert menu
Click here for Directions to The CanoeHouse


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Second Annual Concerto Competition Winners to Perform at Winter Concert

December 31, 2012

Winners of the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra’s Second Annual Concerto Competition will be featured in a with the orchestra in a concert at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows Pavilion on Sunday, January 20, 2013.  The concert, which begins at 4:00 pm., will open with the orchestra playing Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92″.   Then, accompanied by the orchestra, Eugene Son will perform “Piano Concerto No. 1″ (1st movement) by Felix Mendelssohn and NoeBaladad will play “Piano Concerto No. 2″ (1st movement) by Camille Saint-Saens.  Evan Lin will be the soloist for Sergei Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No. 3″ (1st movement).  Admission to the concert is free.

The CanoeHouse at the Mauna Lani has created a special “Chef’s Choice” set menu for people attending the concert. The KPO set menu will immediately follow the concert. CanoeHouse Chef de Cuisine Allen Hess has developed a Hawaiian plantation style menu focusing on Island fresh sustainable ingredients. The Chef’s Choice menu is available at the fixed price of $100 per person, not including tax and beverage. For reservations call 808 881 7911, please mention that you would like to reserve a table for the KPO Chef’s Special.  Click HERE for a complete menu of the special.

With this performance of Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7”, which the composer considered one of his best works, the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra will have nearly accomplished their goal of playing all of his nine symphonies.  The four movement work, known for its use of rhythmic devices suggestive of dance, was completed in 1812, and debuted in Vienna on December 8, 1813 with some of the best musicians of the day in the orchestra and Beethoven conducting.  The second movement, Allegretto, which features two beautiful melodies played against each other by various sections of the orchestra, was encored at the debut, and became so popular it is frequently performed separately from the whole symphony.   And the energetic pace of the fourth movement, Allegro con brio, often inspires orchestral performers to feel it is emblematic of the perfect symphony.

Eugene Son

Eugene Son, 11, of Waipahu, has studied piano with Dr. Thomas Yee of Honolulu for six years.  He chose the first movement of Mendelssohn’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor,

Op. 25” for the concerto competition since it appealed to him most out of the works his instructor suggested.  The concerto, which premiered in Munich in October 1831, featured several performance techniques unusual for the day.  In the first movement, the piano enters after only a few bars of orchestral accompaniment, and contains several sections of improvisations, a specialty of Mendelssohn.   Son, who is also a cellist and has played with the Honolulu Youth Symphony, worked on the piece for a year, and is looking forward to the opportunity to perform it with an orchestra.

Noe BaladadNoeBaladad, 15, is a tenth grader at Kaiser High School on Oahu, and has studied piano with Dr. Yee for the last ten years.  She did not really care for the first movement of Saint-Saens’ “Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor” when she began practicing it a year ago, but quickly grew to love it as she learned it.  Considered Saint-Saens’ most popular piano concerto, the piece was composed in three weeks and premiered in 1868. Baladad’s emotionally evocative rendition of the composition wowed concerto competition judges Doug Johnson, a Waimea teacher & percussionist; Adrienne Cherry, a North Kohala piano teacher, music educator & musician; and Karen Marie Garrett, a Waikoloa-based internationally-known composer & pianist, who were having a difficult time picking a winner from the talented pool of performers in her age group.  This is not the first time Baladad, an aspiring professional musician, has played with an orchestra, but she considers every opportunity to do so very valuable, and is excited to play with the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra.

Evan LinEvan Lin, 17, is in his last year at Punahou School, and has been studying piano with Joanna Fan of Honolulu for 12 years.  Although most of Lin’s experience is in playing music of the classical period, he thinks Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major” fits his personality much better, and very much enjoyed preparing the first movement, beginning last May, for the concerto competition.  The composition is Prokofiev’s best-known concerto and was completed in 1921, expanding on a theme with variations he composed in 1913.  This modern piece features Prokofiev’s trademark punctuation of lyrical musical passages with witty dissonances by the piano soloist, while the orchestral accompaniment rises above background to maintain a balanced partnership with the solo.  Lin’s performance of the difficult, dramatic concerto left Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra music director Dr. Madeline Schatz commenting, “I think I saw smoke coming off the keyboard when he played!”  Although Lin has also played with an orchestra before, he sees the concert as a chance to further exhibit the results of his hard work, add to his experiences as a soloist and help him attain his goal of playing music professionally.

Generous sponsors such as the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows have been invaluable to our continuing efforts to provide live, high quality orchestral music to Big Island audiences at a low cost.  The Dorrance Family Foundation , another major sponsor of this concert , shares a common mission of promoting music education for the young people of Hawaii.  If you would also like to contribute to the future growth and improvement of our organization, your donation to our calabash, which will be in the lobby before and after the concert, would be greatly appreciated.  The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society is a 501 ( c ) 3,  so any donations you make to us may be tax deductible.  Contributions can also be mailed to us at P.O. Box 5550, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745 or done via Paypal on our website.  For more information about the Kamuela Philharmonic and our programs, please visit our new website at

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Auction Items for KPO Valentine’s Day Fundraiser Gathering Momentum

John and Hope Keawe Play Hawaiian Love songs with KPOLocal business owners are rising to the challenge to provide some desirable items for the upcoming KPO Fundraiser in February.  If John Keawe, playing Hawaiian love songs along with the orchestra, and Hope Keawe dancing her beautiful hula isn’t enough to entice supporters to join us for this gala evening, then the auction items are sure to add spice to the pie.

The KPO Board of Directors has been working tirelessly to give business owners the opportunity to share their goods to support the fundraiser.

Golfers will be especially interested in the several golf packages, including a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a round of golf for 4 at the ultra-exclusive Nanea Golf Course, valued at $1,200!

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Click here to peruse auction items

How often does one get a chance to tour the volcano by helicopter? Take your Valentine on a tour of the volcano and waterfalls, compliments of Blue Hawaiian!

Check out the array of other options on our new website, and call Mark Danderson at 325-9415 to add the greatly appreciated support of your business to this worthy cause.

Each business supporter is listed on the auction page, on their own individual page, and on the Links page of the website.  To purchase tickets online, click here.

We are all excited at the upcoming event, and look forward to seeing you there.

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Christmas Concerto at HIlton Waikoloa Village

November 27, 2012


Christmas Concerto at Hilton Waikoloa

This Christmas Concert has been planned as a thank you to the resort for that assistance, and as a way to spread holiday cheer to both resort guests and local supporters of the orchestra.  Admission to the concert, which begins at 7:00 pm, is free, and audience members can have their parking tickets validateded at the concert to receive a reduced parking fee of $5.00.  A no-host bar featuring beer, wine and soft drinks will be available.

“Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8″ was composed around 1690 as one of  “Twelve concerto grossi, Op. 6″ comissioned by Corelli’s patron Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni, and published as part of this work after the composer’s death. The score is notated “Fatto per la notte di Natale” (“Made for the night of Christmas”), so it is commonly known as his “Christmas Concerto” and  has become one of Corelli’s most popular works. The six movement concerto, scored for two concertina violins and cello, with accompaniment by strings and continuo, will showcase the talents of concertmaster Ursula Vietze, first violinist Ray Broginni, and principal cellist Herb Mahelona.

Holiday Concerto at Hilton WaikolaAntonio Vivaldi’s “Le quattro stagioni”, (“The Four Seasons”) composed in 1723, is among the most familiar pieces of baroque music, and Vivaldi’s best-known work. Vivaldi, who was highly  inventive and avant-garde for his time, introduced the concept of instrumental music that tells a story or paints a picture with these compositions, a set of four violin concertos depicting the four seasons of  spring, summer, fall and winter.  First published in 1725 as part of a set of “Twelve concerti, Op. 8″ titled “Il cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventione”,

2012 Christmas Concerto (“The Contest Between Harmony and Invention”), each concerto is in three movements, with a slow movement in between two fast movements.  As a violin virtuoso, Vivaldi extended the technique of the instrument,  illustrated by the complexity of the solo parts for these concertos.  First violinist Michael Russell will reprise his spectacular performance of “Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, “L’inverno” (“Winter”), first played with the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra in October 2005, for this concert.

Thanks for all you do!With the help of generous sponsors like the Hilton Waikoloa Village, which has once again offered the perfect venue and other assistance for this event, and many others who selflessly donate their time and resources to promote the Kamuela Philharmonic, the orchestra looks forward to creating more great classical music performances for local audiences in the future

Your support is truly appreciated.The orchestra is striving to promote local music education and introduce their music to diverse audiences by continuing to keep admission to concerts free.  Since the group is a 501 (3) c nonprofit, any contribution you might wish to make to this effort, in our calabash at our concerts, or through our website:, may be tax deductible and would be greatly appreciated.

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