Category Archives: Honolulu Symphony musicians

St. Matthew Passion: Part Two

[Yesterday I started to share Carl Crosier’s 2008 article from Cross Accent, the journal of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, “A Personal Journey to the Bach Passions.” Here’s the second part.] “Although the St. Matthew Passion had been presented … Continue reading

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The Church is dying!

This was an admonition to us Portland ALCM conference-goers at the final plenary session by The Rev. Paul Hoffman. He told us about the three Bs of the traditional Church, and how this order has contributed to its free fall: … Continue reading

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Joyful and focused

That’s how people are remembering percussionist Steve Dinion, who died suddenly yesterday, after a short bout with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Arnold Alconcel was kind enough to share this video of Steve, and I’m posting here for those of you who do … Continue reading

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A star in the making

Over the past three years, I have written many posts about Georgine and Darel Stark, who have been major players in the music program at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu — she a soprano, and he a violinist. Georgine just … Continue reading

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RIP Andrew Eckard

Word has been received that Andrew Eckard has lost his battle with a brain tumor. From the time he joined the Honolulu Symphony in 1996 as Associate Principal Cellist, Drew was also a member of the Bach Chamber Orchestra and … Continue reading

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The last month

It’s December 2012, and I am beginning my last month as organist of the Lutheran Church of Honolulu. A number of people have asked me how I am feeling, and quite honestly, I have answered “with mixed emotions.” You may … Continue reading

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A joyful reunion

Way back in April, I wrote a post called “An embarrassment of riches” and described the musical treasures at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu— its two Beckerath organs, two harpsichords, two sets of handbells, Grotrien grand piano, etc. — but … Continue reading

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The symphony is back!

The buzz this whole week has been about the emotional homecoming the symphony musicians received at the inaugural concerts of the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra. There have been numerous articles and reviews in the newspaper, radio and television, and I have … Continue reading

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The new Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra and LCH

At the announcement time last Sunday, Pastor Jeff Lilley asked parishioners to support the new Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra by buying tickets to their concerts and said there would be a group of LCHers going to one of the concerts together. … Continue reading

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A second chance

In previous posts, I wrote about the importance of professional musicians to the musical life of the Lutheran Church of Honolulu — not only the instrumentalists for Christmas and Easter, but also for our Abendmusiken series and Bach Vespers.  Check … Continue reading

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