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Jazz & Classical: Beyond Life Support Jazz Classical

Our challenge as an audience of classical music and jazz is to fight for our right to music. Our weapon is showing up for a few great shows and listening to some marvelous performances. Simple, but crucial, because the symphony has slipped back into its coma with no performances scheduled and no information available, and the usual concert presenters and promoters are very cautious about adding events. It sounds dire, but really, there are a number of superb events to fill our ears and hearts. We can vote with our wallets and say yes! We can buy tickets and see shows! Even if we are mildly conflicted in other decisions this fall.


Gordon Biersch

This jazz hotspot steps up to the plate this fall with a couple of solid shows for serious jazz fans. Great beer, food, and music next to the water makes for an irresistible combo. Guitarist Jeff Richman, veteran of The Yellow Jackets, joins local jazz cats Noel Okimoto, Dean Taba, and Robert Shinoda for an evening of world-class jazz.

Back in the day, Richman graduated from Berklee with Al Dimeola and has gone on to play with a range of artists including Deodato, Henry Mancini, Mark Isham, Robbie Krieger and M’shell Ndugucello. A stellar guitarist and a good bet for a memorable show on Wed., 9/26.

Hawaii’s premier jazz ensemble, The Honolulu Jazz Quartet takes the stage Wed., 10/3. John Kolivas, Dan Del Negro, Von Baron and Tim Tsukiyama have earned international creds on tour and on a number of monumental CDs. Honolulu-born vocalist Dana Land returns from tearing up the Bay Area jazz scene for a special appearance with the boys, also on 10/3. (Both shows start at 6:30pm–9:30pm, no cover charge.)

Gordon Biersch Brewery, Aloha Tower Marketplace, 1 Aloha Tower Dr., 599-4877 or 537-3291

Manoa Jazz & Heritage Festival

It’s hot salsa and jazz for the Manoa Jazz & Heritage Festival, featuring the Eddie Palmieri-Brian Lynch Quartet. Palmieri is a Latin Jazz powerhouse with nine Grammys under his belt.

Andrews Amphitheatre, 2465 Campus Rd., Sat., 10/6, gates open at 5:30pm, outreach.hawaii/community, 944-2697, 956-8246

Third Annual Pacific Rim Jazz Festival

It is hard to list a headliner for a jazz-filled night like this, featuring The Rippingtons, trumpet great Rick Braun, Deniece Williams, Kaori Kobayashi, Brian Simpson, Michael Paulo, Lani Misalucha, Rene Paulo, and Starr Kalahiki. Local singer and impresario Al Waterson hosts.

Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave., Sat., 11/3, 4–10pm, $60–$75, (VIP $130 and includes food and wine tasting), [tix.com], [pacificrimjazzfestival.com], 951-696-0184

Chamber Music Hawaii

The symphony may slumber, but its musicians play on. CMH fields four programs on eight dates with their Spring Winds Quintet, Galliard String Quartet, and Honolulu Brass Ensemble, and the musical monster combination of all three, the Tresemble. [Chambermusichawaii.org].

The Tresemble Paliku Theatre, 45-720 Keaahala Rd., Mon., 9/17, 7:30pm, 235-7310 Doris Duke Theatre, 900 Kinau St., Mon., 9/24, 7:30pm, $20–$25, 532-8768
Galliard String Quartet Doris Duke Theatre, 900 Kinau St., Mon., 10/22, 7:30pm, $20–$25, 532-8768 Paliku Theatre, 45-720 Keaahala Rd., Mon., 10/29, 7:30pm, 235-7310
Galliard String Quartet and Spring Wind Quintet with Joyce Yang, piano Doris Duke Theatre, 900 Kinau St., Mon., 11/12, 7:30pm, $35–$40, 532-8768
Honolulu Brass Choir St. Andrews Cathedral, 229 Queen Emma Square, Mon., 12/3, 7:30pm, $30–$35, 489-5038

Honolulu Chamber Music Series

Trio Solisti has been called the most exciting piano trio in America, no small statement given some stellar competition. They will close with the sublime “Spring” and “Fall” from the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by Piazzolla on Sat., 10/6.

A show to mark in indelible ink is Brooklyn Rider Quartet with Kayhan Kalhor. Longtime participants in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Brooklyn Rider is credited with reinventing the string quartet for the 21st Century. Kalhor is a mater of the Persian 4-string violin relative, and is more than enough draw on his own. With the quartet, this is a show to see.

Honolulu Museum of Art. 900 S. Beretania St., Tue., 10/30, 7:30pm with pre-concert talks at 6:30pm, [honolulumuseum.tix.com], 532-8700

University of Hawaii Outreach College

Haochen Zhang is only 22, but he has played piano for 16 years and was a phenomenon by age 6 when he made his orchestral debut in his native Shanghai. His program includes Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, and Debussy, all predictable, but he is known for unusually sensitive performance that may be a revelation.

Orvis Auditorium, UH–Manoa, Sat., 10/13, 2411 Dole St., 7pm, 944-2697

UH Orchestra

The UH Orchestra performs their Winter concert “Mostly American, Some Outsourcing” at the Pearl City Cultural Center. A highlight will be American composer William Bolcom’s Piano Concerto, performed by UH professor Dr, Jonathan Korth.

Pearl City Cultural Center, 2100 Hookiekie St., Mon., 12/3, 7:30pm, 454-5500

Hawai`i Vocal Arts Ensemble

The season preview draws to a delicious close with the luscious sounds of HAVE filling the Mystical Rose Oratory. A nostalgic journey through seasonal favorites by some of the best classical voices in Honolulu .

Mystical Rose Oratory, Chaminade University, 3140 Waialae Ave., Sat., 12/8, 7:30pm, Sun., 12/9, 4pm, $5–$35, [honoluluboxoffice.com] after Nov. 1