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.
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.)
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.
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.
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].
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.
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.
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.
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 .