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Kanekoa

Saturday, August 13  7:00 PM

2022 will officially mark 25 years of ʻukulele innovators Kanekoa, “the band of limitless possibilities,” and one of Hawaiʻi’s premier live music experiences. Sailing in on a wave of blissful sound, Maui’s Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning band Kanekoa, has become a global phenomenon. Powered by electric instruments and exotic rhythms, these ʻukulele masters ride the wave of Hawaiian roots with jam band energy, creating a unique sound they call Hawaiian jam-rock.

Audiences never fail to swoon over their soulful originals and crafty covers, interpreted with pure originality. The Grateful Dead’s drummer, Bill Kreutzmann, goes so far as to call them, “the Hawaiian Grateful Dead.” David Hidalgo of Los Lobos says, “These guys scare me. They are that good.”


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Jazz at Kahilu with Julia Keefe Quartet

Saturday, August 20, 2022, 7:00 pm (Mike Luce Studio)

Julia Keefe is a nationally acclaimed Native American jazz vocalist, actor, activist, and educator currently based in New York City.

Juliaʻs professional career has spanned over 15 years and she has headlined marquee events at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C., NMAI-NY, as well as opened for the likes of 20-time GRAMMY Award recipient Tony Bennett and 4-time GRAMMY Award winner Esperanza Spalding. 


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Keola Beamer with Moanalani Beamer - Coming Home to Waimea

Saturday, August 27  7:00 PM

Keola Beamer is a Hawaiian legend. He has breathed new life into slack-key guitar music yet stays true to its deep Hawaiian roots. Winner of multiple awards, he is a singer-songwriter, composer, guitar master, and arranger with an impeccable, gorgeous style featured on The Descendants soundtrack and his 17 CDs to date. “Keola Beamer’s [slack key] style is the best there is on the planet”, says Willie Nelson. And from Paul Simon: “He’s an exceptional musician, a very good player and beautiful singer…the spirit of the island…”

Beamer’s wife, KumuHula Moanalani Beamer, adds her beautiful hula, chant, and the exquisite sounds of traditional Hawaiian instruments to the performance. Together Keola & Moana present the excellence, true spirit, and soul of Hawaiian music and dance.


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Kamuela Philharmonic presents A Dynamic Return

Sunday, September 25  2:00 PM

Repertoire
Felix Mendelssohn – The Hebrides
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 7
David Stern – Rhapsody for Violin and Strings

Concert Description
After a long hiatus from LIVE performances, the Kamuela Philharmonic returns to Hawai‘i Island’s premier concert venue, Kahilu Theatre, to perform for our beloved audiences. A Dynamic Return exemplifies the notion of the world around us moving forward during these trying times. The repertoire for this concert selected by Maestro Dollinger demonstrates the idea of forward motion.

In this performance, Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides has many moments depicting the rolling waves of the seas while he journeyed to the Scottish island of Staffa. Movement in music happens in our imagination and how a composer writes a piece of music. The highly successful and popular Symphony No. 7 by Beethoven is a whirlwind of motion, moving the listener through each of its movements with an ongoing vitality of motion that compels you to yearn for what is to come next.

The Philharmonic will also present the Hawaiian premiere of Rhapsody for Violin and Strings by American composer David Stern, showcasing Concertmaster Ursula Vietze in this moving and emotional work.


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Kalaʻe Parish & Friends

Saturday, October 8, 2022,  7:00 pm   

Kalaʻe Parish has been a professional musician and entertainer in Hawaiʻi since 2013, performing throughout the islands and abroad. In 2016, he began his solo journey as an artist performing at steady spots in Honolulu and recording his very first EP. This new EP titled, Where I Reside, hit the airwaves in December 2020. With all original songs written and composed by Kalaʻe, this eclectic, 6-track EP is a fresh twist of music from pop country infused with lyrics about his island home to smooth Latin rock to love ballads.

Kala’e has performed with top artists Henry Kapono, Brother Noland, and John Cruz. As a Hawaiʻi Island artist residing in beautiful Waimea, he continues to perform regularly throughout all the islands and is actively in the recording studio with new original music to be released soon.


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Ei Nei

Saturday, November 5, 2022, 7:00 pm

Ei Nei is composed of Dane Fujiwara (Wailuku), Grant Kono (Oneawa), and Ekolu Chang (Kāne`ohe). After establishing themselves as individual artists, Ei Nei began their musical journey together in 2016. The following year, they captured the title at the Made in Hawai‘i Kani Ka Pila Grille Talent Search, and in late 2019 released their debut album, Hui!, which debuted at #1 on the iTunes world chart. In 2020 they were nominated for several Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards and won the award for Most Promising Artist. Together, they feature a smooth vocal blend with rich harmonies and a refreshing glimpse into the traditional past with their sights set on the future of Hawaiian music.


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Kamuela Philharmonic presents The Talent That Surrounds Us

Sunday, January 22,  2:00  PM

Repertoire
Madeline Schatz-Harris Youth Concerto Competition Winner Performances
Irminsul – The Three Virtues of Zarathustra
Jean Sibelius – Finlandia

Concert Description
When looking around our island, there are many talents that we could come across every day from our neighbors, friends, and ‘ohana. This performance features the very talented young winners of this year’s annual Madeline Schatz-Harris Youth Concerto Competition. Every year, the talent level displayed by these young students is remarkable, and this concert is a perineal fan favorite. The Philharmonic will also highlight a Hilo-based composer, Irminsul, in the World Premiere performance of his The Three Virtues of Zarathustra. A multimovement work that takes us through the virtues of “Good Thoughts,” “Good Words,” and “Good Deeds,”—virtues we should all strive to embrace. A beautiful and thought-provoking introspective that touches the soul.

Throughout history, music has been used as a call to action or a quiet and subversive patriotic reminder. In Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia, we see such a work. During the late 1800’s Finland was heavily weighted under Czar Nicholas II, and the people of Finland were fighting for their freedoms. Sibelius’ music became a rallying point for this movement. The piece takes the listener on a journey through this oppression culminating in a triumphant ending.


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Kamuela Philharmonic presents Brilliant

Sunday, March 26  2:00 PM

Repertoire
Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 1
Antonín Dvorák – Violin Concerto in A

Concert Description
Ending this MasterWorks season is a performance that Maestro Dollinger uses just one word, “Brilliant.”

The breadth and scope Johannes Brahms used to compose his symphonies are awe-inspiring. Colors and textures that music students have studied since the 1800s. The finale’s unforgettable horn solo and melody of this Symphony No. 1 have captivated audiences for over 150 years.

International violin competition winner, and virtuoso violinist, Sirena Huang, will join the Philharmonic for this performance. Having performed with Ms. Huang on two other occasions, Maestro Dollinger knew that our Hawai‘i Island audience would fall in love with this amazingly talented musician. Her impeccable technique, elegant musicality, infectious smile, and personality will genuinely bring a treasured memory for everyone who shares in the experience. Do not miss her stellar performance of the Violin Concerto in A minor by Dvorák.


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Kamuela Philharmonic Pops Concert

Sunday, May 21  2:00 PM

Concert Description
The Philharmonic is pleased to bring back a favorite performance for our audience. With a generous private sponsorship, the Philharmonic will bring many talented Hawai‘i Island musical artists to be front and center for our POPs concert at the Kahilu Theatre.

The concert will not only include light famous classical works but intermixed in the repertoire is an eclectic collection of selections from the stage and silver screen that will have every generation saying, “I Know That One!”


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