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Mokihana Club hosts annual classical concert for a cause Sunday

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Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013 12:45 am

LIHU‘E — The Mokihana Club’s 8th Annual Winter Concert will feature several local musicians during an evening of classical tunes for a cause.

The event is Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lihu‘e Parish Hall with performances by well-known local artists, including Sarah Tochiki on trumpet, David Braun on trumpet, Darryl Miyasato on double bass, Nina Saraos on piano and Julianne Hiu on clarinet and vocals.

“They all play locally and teach at local schools,” said Corinne King, chair of this year’s concert. “It’s going to be really, really great.”

The program will include arrangements by a number of classic composers, including Robert Schumann, Wolfgang Mozart and Johann Sebastian Bach.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Mokihana Club’s Music Scholarship program for graduating high school seniors.

Each year, the Mokihana Club awards two sets of scholarships, one to music students and the other to nursing students. Money raised from several fundraisers throughout the year finance the scholarship competitions, including the Winter Concert, a bake sale and the Annual Golf Scramble.

Tochiki is the director of the Kaua‘i Community College Wind Symphony and band director at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School. In 2011, School Band and Orchestra Magazine, a national publication, named her as on of the nation’s 50 Directors Who Make a Difference and the CKMS faculty named her Duke’s Educator of the Quarter in 2010.

Braun lives in Hanapepe and is the music director at Waimea Canyon Middle School, where he leads three concert bands, one chorus and two ‘ukulele ensembles. Originally from Chicago, he majored in music education at the University of Illinois and went on to receive a master’s degree in jazz performance from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Miyasato began playing bass at Kaua‘i High School, where he now directs all six music classes. After studying music composition at the University of Hawai‘i, he earned a master’s in performance at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. He returned to Kaua‘i in 2005 and became KHS band director when Larry McIntosh retired.

Saraos is a former student of McIntosh and a past recipient of the Mokihana Club music scholarship. Today, she is the director of the KCC Orchestra and often dedicates her time to supporting young students in the performing arts by serving as an accompanist for Hawai‘i Children’s Theatre and Kaua‘i Performing Arts Center. She received a degree in music composition from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

Finally, Hiu is a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and took over as chorus director at CKMS in 2008, growing the program to its current size of more than 150 students.

In April, the CKMS Concert Choir will return to O‘ahu to participate in the Na Leo Pili Mai Festival.  

Tickets for Sunday’s Winter Concert cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Students get in for $5 and children 8 and under are free. Light pupu and refreshments will be served following the concert. Advance tickets are available from Mokihana board members as well as Scotty’s Music (Kalaheo), Kaua‘i Music (Kapa‘a) and Aloha Furniture Gallery (Lihu‘e).

For more information call King at 855-2938.

The Mokihana Club is Kaua‘i’s oldest women’s service organization. Members meet the first Wednesday of every month at the Lihu’e United Church Parish Hall on Nawiliwili Road.

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