Last weekend’s concert at the Mystic Rose Oratory marked the 13th annual Hawaii Masterworks Festival, and completed the 24th season of the Hawaii Vocal Arts Ensemble. You may not know that the HVAE was actually co-founded by three people: David Kayner, Carl Crosier and Tim Carney and the group made its debut with a Big Island tour.
Some time ago, Betsy McCreary sent me this photo of the original Hawaii Vocal Arts Ensemble, and I had to look high and low to find it — but here it is!
Yes! That’s me in the front row, in the red dress. I was conscripted as a singing member, even though I certainly don’t think of myself as a singer. Carl Crosier and Tim Carney are mostly hidden on the far right, back row. Other people I can identify in the back row, from left to right, are Mark Wong, David Kayner, (I don’t know the next two men), Paul Schwind, Paul Beck in the middle, Guy Merola, George MacDonald and Tod Bowermaster. In the front row, I think it’s Debbie Kelsey, Gloria Moore (now Faltstrom), myself, Vicki Gorman, Betsy McCreary, Robin ? (forgot her last name), then Ella Edwards, Nola Nahulu, and I don’t know the woman on the far right.
So at Sunday’s concert, when Ella Edwards was visiting from South Carolina, she, Betsy McCreary and Gloria Faltstrom took the photo shown at the left, reuniting HVAE charter members.
Here is a letter from Tim Carney, director, about this weekend’s concerts:
I’m looking forward to performing this music again in Ireland!