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Baroque goes modern at Violin Synergy Festival on Maui

August 3, 2017
Lahaina News

From Aug. 4-6, 2017, Ebb & Flow Arts will present the Violin Synergy Festival, featuring concerts, master classes and informances that feature music for four violins.

Ensembles of multiple violins are associated with the Baroque Era (1700s). Composers such as Vivaldi, Telemann, Corelli and others composed works for four violins.

The 19th century orchestra moved past this practice with diverse families, featured soloists and massive orchestration.

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Leading members of San Francisco Symphony’s first violin section — from left, Sarn Oliver, Mariko Smiley, Melissa Kleinbart and Yun Chu — will perform original and Ebb & Flow Arts-commissioned works for four violins, and duo violins.

The Violin Synergy Festival will bring this Baroque tradition to the Modern Era. There are several works for four violins by 20th century composers.

Programs will include world and Hawaii premieres, plus 21st century works for four violins commissioned by E&FA.

Sarn Oliver, Mariko Smiley, Melissa Kleinbart and Yun Chu, all leading members of the San Francisco Symphony's first violin section, will perform original and E&FA-commissioned works for four violins, and duo violins.

Oliver and his wife, Smiley, are well known on Maui for several acclaimed concerts here over the years.

All events are free admission.

"Last summer, we featured music for five pianos and piano synergy," stated Robert Pollock, executive director of Ebb & Flow Arts.

"This summer, August 4-6, we continue with music for four violins and Violin Synergy Festival."

Area violin students of Teresa Skinner, Iolani Yamashiro and Rona Landrigan will participate in master classes, coaching sessions and private lessons on Aug. 5 at Makawao Union Church at 4 p.m.

Featured will be a violin quartet by American composer Halsey Stevens performed by area students and coached by members of the San Francisco Symphony.

On Friday, Aug. 4, at the Seabury Hall Creative Arts Center at 480 Olinda Road in Makawao at 7:30 p.m., works by Bela Bartok, Luciano Berio, Witold Lutoslawski, Pelarin Bacos, Sarn Oliver, Robert Pollock, Lauren Vendervelden, Bertolt Hummel and Joyce Orenstein will be featured. A pre-concert discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. The program will be repeated on Sunday, Aug. 6, at Keawalai Congregational Church at 5300 Makena Road at 4 p.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 5, at Makawao Union Church (1445 Baldwin Avenue) at 4 p.m., Sarn Oliver will discuss the history and structure of the violin. There will also be master classes led by members of the San Francisco Symphony with area students who study violin, and chamber music coaching of the students in their performance of Halsey Stevens' "Four Pieces for Four Violins."

Programs are subject to change without notice.

Ebb & Flow Arts Inc. is a statewide, 501(c)(3) nonprofit presenter of modern music and multimedia events.

It was founded in 1999 by composer/pianist Pollock. It aims to build bridges between the arts and connect artistic expressions and cultures.

E&FA creates a global soundboard and mirror for music and art in Hawaii. It also teaches Maui children how to read and write music with "Scaling Haleakala," an award-winning curriculum.

For more information, visit www.ebbandflowarts.org, e-mail ebbandflowarts2013@gmail.com or call (808) 876-1854.

 
 
 

 

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