I am scheduled to return home from playing Grandma tomorrow night, but I will have to jump right in to get ready for next weekend’s gig—the Hawaii Masterworks Festival concert on Sunday afternoon, June 25 at 4:00 pm at the Mystical Rose Oratory on the Chaminade University campus. Guess what—I don’t even have the music yet! And the first rehearsal with the continuo instruments is Tuesday already!
The program includes Henry Purcell’s brilliant chamber opera, Dido and Aeneas, in a concert setting, with soloists Jennifer Lane, Naomi Castro, Karol Nowicki, Amy Johnson and Kirsten Hedegaard.
The last time I heard Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, was when I was fortunate to hear in person Dame Emma Kirkby sing the famous Lament, which you can see here:
Also on the program will be the Haydn Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo, “Little Organ Mass” which contrary to its name, has a big organ part! Other pieces include Handel, Dixit Dominus: “De Torrente in Via” and Monteverdi, Dixit Dominus à 6.
The Lake Isle of Innisfree by the young Norwegian composer, Ola Gjeilo, for voices, strings, piano and guitar will also be performed.
Tim Carney will be conducting the Hawaii Vocal Arts Ensemble and Masterworks Chorus and members of the Hawaii Symphony.
You know what I will be doing when I get home — practicing!