Hawaii International Music Festival Announces Second Season

The Hawaii International Music Festival (HIMF) announces its second annual season, “Thrill of the Senses,” with daily performances between August 10 – 17, 2017. Founded by Internationally Acclaimed Artists: Metropolitan Opera Soprano Amy Shoremount-Obra, Violin Virtuoso Eric Silberger, and Esteemed Pianist Carlin Ma, the festival will include classical music concerts, appearances, and outreach events on Oahu and Hawaii Island.

Violinist Eric Silberger performing near the Keanakākoʻi Crater and Volcano House.

Operations Manager Taylor Yasui of Honolulu, states, “We are excited to showcase the music and stories of acclaimed international and local artists, which adds to the unique and diverse musical landscape we have here in Hawaii. Each year HIMF strives to build upon our mission of presenting unique interdisciplinary classical music events and educational outreach programs for the community of Hawaii.”

Pahala House Plantation

The festival arrives on the Big Island on Wednesday, August 16, for a 7:00 PM performance at the Pahala Plantation House. The concert will raise awareness of the Pahala Historic Properties Alliance and their efforts to build a museum to curate and honor the history of Pahala. This concert will feature Metropolitan Opera Soprano and daughter-in-law of Lorie Obra (of Rusty’s Hawaiian Coffee) Amy Shoremount-Obra, Virtuoso Violinist Eric Silberger, Esteemed Pianist Carlin Ma, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Cellist Sung Chan Chang, Mexican Tenor Manuel Castillo, Young Artist Mexican Mezzo-Soprano Sandra Aldaz Meraz, and World Renowned Argentinean Bandoneon Player JP Jofre.  Tickets and donation information is available both at the door and online at http://himfpahala.bpt.me

Violinist Eric Silberger performing in the Thurston Lava Tube

The festival concludes with a performance in Hilo on Thursday, August 17, with a free prelude picnic preview at Lili`Uokalani Gardens from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM, followed by the main festival event, “Tastes, Sights, and Sounds of the Big Island” taking place at 6:30 PM at First United Protestant Church Hilo, 1350 Waianuenue Ave. Original photography by Artistic Director Carlin Ma and special guest, Big Island Photography Expert, Ken Goodrich, will be paired with music featuring World Renowned Argentinean Bandoneon Player JP JOFRE, Esteemed Pianist Carlin Ma, Virtuoso Violinist Eric Silberger (Pictured), Metropolitan Opera Soprano Amy Shoremount-Obra, Mexican Tenor Manuel Castillo,  Hawaii Symphony Cellist Sung Chan Chang and Young Artist Mexican Mezzo-Soprano Sandra Aldaz Meraz.  The concert will also feature a tasting of artisanal specialty coffee from Rusty’s Hawaiian and chocolate courtesy of Hawaiian Crown Chocolate Plantation. The event will raise awareness and accept donations for Lili’Uokalani Gardens, for their continued maintenance, improvements, and events as a key cultural center in Hilo.  Tickets for the evening concert and artisanal tastings are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. http://himfhilo.bpt.me

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