From Ian Capps, the president of Early Music Hawaii about last night’s concert at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu, “Henry Purcell: Royal Odes and Anthems:”
Congratulations and a big mahalo for a spectacular performance at all levels. The soloists were all outstanding and the ensemble singing was inspiring and perfectly nuanced. Special thanks to Scott (Fikse) for his meticulous preparation and conducting (and of course fine bass voice!) It was also a delight to have both organ and harpsichord playing together for the first time and a resident lutenist in Luke Trimble. A warm welcome to Jieun (Newland) and Luke, consummate professionals adding more depth to our kama’aina resources. Long may the relationship flourish.
A near capacity audience was lucky to witness such a performance of what turned out to be a perfectly balanced program of music by one of England’s most influential composers. Their applause speaks for itself and the many spontaneous, individual responses we received at the end, especially from discriminating and long-time supporters, have done wonders for your own and EMH’s reputation. In addition, a significant number of first-timers, most likely originally attracted by Purcell’s reputation, said they would be back for more concerts.
Here are more pictures taken from various audience members.
Thanks for coming! See you at the next Early Music Hawaii concert, “Music of Three Faiths: Medieval Gems from Christian, Sephardic and Moorish Spain,” with the Peabody Consort of Baltimore:
Saturday, Nov. 11, 7:30 pm Lutheran Church of Honolulu
Sunday, Nov. 12, 3:30 pm Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, Kailua-Kona