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Mānoa Arts & Minds

Aloha! We are heading into our second successful month of Mānoa Arts & Minds, a four-entity partnership involving the UH Mānoa Department of Art & Art History, Department of Music, Department of Theatre & Dance, and Outreach College.

We hope that you were able to attend the Faculty Exhibition at the Art Gallery, Outreach College's Mānoa Jazz Festival at Andrews Amphitheatre and The Sound of Ecstasy and Nectar of Enlightenment at the Kennedy Theatre, and Kennedy Theatre performances of WHEN THE CASSOWARY POOPED!

If not, October and November bring additional good reasons to come home to Mānoa, as we spotlight more of the best art, music, theater, dance and special performances at the flagship UH campus.

Music credit: Warm aloha to Hawaiian slack key guitarist Ozzie Kotani for the music heard in the Mānoa Arts & Minds announcements. Ozzie is an alumni and former music instructor at UH Mānoa, and "Ka Ua Noe" (The Misty Rain) is from his 2009 CD titled "Hōʻihi" (Respect).


Outreach College Series –
The Sound of Ecstasy and Nectar of Enlightenment: Buddhist Ritual Song and Dance from Korea

Buddhist CeremonyOctober 8, 2009 7:30 p.m.
Kennedy Theatre

Ancient chants, drum and cymbal dances, and the elaborately costumed "Butterfly Dance" from the sacred Young San ceremony are offered in concert by Korean monks of the Young San Preservation Group. These pieces are a sampler from the elaborate three-day ritual in honor of Buddha that has been classified as a Korean Intangible Cultural Asset.

UHAA members receive $5 off adult general admission tickets. Promo code required.




Art Series – Degrees of Distinction: Alumni Invitational Exhibition

October 25 – December 11, 2009Degrees of Distinction
Art Gallery

The Degrees of Distinction: Alumni Invitational Exhibition features 20 to 24 artists and art historians educated at the Department of Art & Art History, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa that are recognized for their work and for their contributions as artists, educators, researchers, and museum professionals.







Music Series – Saints and Sinners (John Mount, bass-baritone; Beebe Freitas, piano)

Sunday, October 25, 2009
Orvis Auditorium

John Mount has lead an active career on the opera stage, performing over seventy-five roles with Hawaii Opera Theatre and leading roles on the mainland with the San Francisco Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, the Denver Lyric Opera and the Houston Grand Opera. Professor Mount has also been the featured bass soloist for a number of performances with the Honolulu Symphony including Handel's Messiah, Verdi's Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. His recital at Orvis Auditorium, titled "Saints and Sinners", will include operatic arias and songs by Brahms,Mussorgsky, Beethoven, and Vaughan Williams, as well as musical theatre offerings.

John MountBeebe Freitas

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Theatre Series – THE HOMECOMING

The HomecomingNovember 13, 14, 20 & 21; 8 p.m.
November 22; 2 p.m.
Kennedy Theatre

Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter's play about sexuality and a struggle for power in a volatile household.





Music Series – UH Bands Winter Concert
(Conductors: Grant Okamura, Keith Higaki,UH Symphony photo credit: John Lutfey
Gwen Nakamura)

Monday, November 23; 7:30 p.m.;
McKinley High School Auditorium

The University of Hawaiʻi Wind Symphony and the UH Wind Ensemble will present a variety of selections ranging from classical to pop. Grant Okamura will conduct UH composer Byron Yasui's Life of the Land as well as works by Morton Gould, Jan Van der Roost, and Jerry Goldsmith.

Mr. Okamura will also pass the baton to three guest conductors. Keith Higaki, Associate Director of Bands, will conduct the UH Wind Ensemble in Felix Mendelsohn's Overture for Band. Assistant Band Director Gwen Nakamura will conduct Clifton William's Symphonic Dance #3. Alumnus Chadwick Kamei, now the Pearl City High School Director of Bands,will conduct Alfred Reed's Hounds of Spring.


Music Series – Javanese Wayang Kulit
(Shadow Puppet Theatre, UH Gamelan Ensemble)

Saturday, November 28; 7:30 p.m.;
Orvis AuditoriumJavanese Puppet

The story Babad Alas Mrentani (The Opening of Mrentani Forest) is drawn from the Mahabharata epic. In the never ending feud between the Pendhawa and the Kurawa clan, the devious Kurawa prime minister, Sengkuni, manages to coerce the young innocent Pendhawa princes into placing their estate as a wager in a Kurawa sponsored fixed game of dice. Losing the game, the Pendhawa are exiled to the treacherous Mrentani forest. The Pendhawa's attempt to open the forest to establish a dwelling place encounters fierce resistance from the genie, ghosts, and ghouls of the forest. With great effort the Pendhawa defeat the denizens of Mrentani, and establish a new prosperous state of Amarta.

Master puppeteer Widiyanto joins the UH Gamelan Ensemble to present a wayang kulit performance in celebration of the 75th birthday of the ensemble's founding director, Hardja Susilo. The story will be told in both Javanese and English and accompanied by a full gamelan orchestra.

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