Maui Chamber Orchestra to Present October Concert

September 16, 2015, 9:28 AM HST · Updated September 16, 9:28 AM
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Maestro Robert E. Wills we lead the Maui Chamber Orchestra in a varied program from Bach, Hadyn and Mozart to Stravinsky. Sun Dancer photo.

The Maui Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Robert E. Wills, will present a challenging and exciting concert on Oct. 17 and 18 at ʻĪao Theater in Wailuku.

The program will begin with Franz Josef Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto. Written in 1796, this work is one of the first created for the newly developed key trumpet—the valve trumpet was not yet invented.

The concerto will feature Pam Humphrey as the soloist. She has a master of music degree in trumpet performance from the University of Minnesota and has played with most of the regions orchestras, including the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis Pops and many chamber orchestras. The in-demand freelancer and soloist is a resident of Rogers, Minnesota.

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    Igor Stravinsky is credited with being the father of “modern music.” His Pulcinella Suite is next on the program. This work was written at the request of Ballets Russes impresario Sergei Diaghilev. He and Stravinsky had collaborated for more than a decade, producing The Firebird and The Rite of Spring.

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    “Whether it was caused by Stravinsky’s work or Najinsky’s choreography, we know there was a riot at the Paris premiere of The Rite of Sping in 1912,” said Maestro Wills. “However, Pulcinella was loved—so much so that so-called progressives condemned Stravinsky for ‘selling out.’ Which goes to show, you can never please all of the people all of the time.”

    The first half of the program will close with a reprise from the 2015 season of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto. This masterpiece of the Baroque era is truly a timeless work—everyone is familiar with some part of it. The concerto will feature three Maui soloists—Rona Londrigan, violin; Jazzlyn Woods, oboe; and Peggy Schecter, flute. Lynn Erickson on trumpet will perform the most well-known part of the concerto. She is the second chair of Americaʻs leading chamber group, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

    The concert will close with Mozart’s Symphony no. 35 in D, commonly known as the Haffner. The Saturday concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.; the Sunday concert will start at 3 p.m.

    Maestro Wills will offer his free “Conversation’s with the Conductor” at 1:30 p.m. prior to the concert on Sunday.

    Tickets are available at www.mauichamberorchestra.org.

    Maestro Robert E. Wills we lead the Maui Chamber Orchestra in a varied program from Bach, Hadyn and Mozart to Stravinsky. Sun Dancer photo.

    Maestro Robert E. Wills we lead the Maui Chamber Orchestra in a varied program from Bach, Hadyn and Mozart to Stravinsky. Sun Dancer photo.

     

    Soloists for Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto include, (left to right, top to bottom) Lynn Erickson, trumpet; Peggy Schecter, flute; Rona Landrigan, violin; and Jazlynn Woods, oboe. Photo credits: top left, Maui Chamber Orchestra; top right, Ron Schecter; both photos on bottom, Sun Dancer.

    Soloists for Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto include, (left to right, top to bottom) Lynn Erickson, trumpet; Peggy Schecter, flute; Rona Landrigan, violin; and Jazlynn Woods, oboe. Photo credits: top left, Maui Chamber Orchestra; top right, Ron Schecter; both photos on bottom, Sun Dancer.

    The Maui Chamber Orchestra brings high-caliber performances to a diverse community. Sun Dancer photo.

    The Maui Chamber Orchestra brings high-caliber performances to a diverse community. Sun Dancer photo.

    Pam Humphrey, a Minnesota-based trumpeter, will be the soloist for the Maui Chamber Orchestra’s performance of Franz Josef Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto. Photo credit: Maui Chamber Orchestra.

    Pam Humphrey, a Minnesota-based trumpeter, will be the soloist for the Maui Chamber Orchestra’s performance of Franz Josef Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto. Photo credit: Maui Chamber Orchestra.

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