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MPO welcomes guest conductor and violinst

Conductor and violinist Lawrence Golan. -- Photo courtesy Maui Pops Orchestra

Award-winning conductor and violinist, Lawrence Golan, joins the 50-plus member Maui Pops Orchestra at its “Winter Pops” concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 in Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.

Acclaimed for his vibrant, inspired performances, imaginative programming and evocative command of different styles and composers, Golan has developed a reputation as a dynamic and charismatic communicator. He once served as principal second violinist of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra from 1989-90.

He has served as music director of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra in Washington since 2010, Colorado’s Denver Philharmonic since 2013 and Pennsylvania’s York Symphony Orchestra since 2014.

This pops program is designed to feature the expressive versatility of the violin.

Music will include selections from “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Schindler’s List,” “The Lord of the Dance,” Bizet’s “Carmen” along with music by Leroy Anderson and Charlie Daniels’ classic “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

Tickets are $22, $35, $50 and $60 (plus applicable fees). Half-price options are available for students 18 years and younger in all but the $22 price sections. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the box office, call 242-7469 or go online to

For more information about the Maui Pops Orchestra, visit

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The third Maui Outstanding Piano Amateurs Festival, designed as a forum in the art of piano for classical non-professional musicians, is presented at 7 p.m. Saturday at Wailuku Union Church, 327 S. High St. in Wailuku.

Directed by Damira Feldman, an internationally recognized pianist and educator, the 2019 MOPAF showcases the exceptional artisitic talent of Maui and Neighbor Island residents and international visitors — Margaret (Peggy) W. King, Christophe Javon, Noriko Fulmer, Sonia Markh, Yuko Ota, Maurice Sprenger, Niko Nemoto, Mari Yoshihara, Janet Chun and Neve Mazingo.

The program features the most celebrated music by Bach, Handel, Couperin, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Scriabin and Rachmaninov, among others.

“It would be a great thing for Maui to be established as a destination for amateur adult pianists from around the world to come together to perform and to share their musical passion with others of like interests and talents,” noted Feldman.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (305) 588-0083 or email

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Ebb & Flow Arts returns to the Castle Theater on Sunday, March 3 for its 10th biennial presentation. The event begins with a chamber music concert featuring contemporary Korean music and contemporary classics. Works will include “Etude #3” for piano by Eugene Lee, “Heem” for violin, cello and piano by Sun Young Park and “Konigliches Thema” for solo violin by world-renowned Isang Yun. Rounding out the program is iconic American composer Henry Cowell’s last work, “Trio” for violin, cello and piano.

The second part of the evening features a special preview of a film by award-winning filmmaker Dr. Tom Vendetti. The film contains recent footage from his trek to holy mountain Mt. Kailash, as well as an interview with the Dalai Lama. Also showing are short films “Florotica” by Dr. Gary Greenberg with special “Cinemaroma,” which will feature fresh, aromatic flowers in the theater, and “Stars” by Peter Swanzy.

There will be a 2 p.m. pre-concert discussion for ticket holders.

Tickets are $30 (plus applicable fees), with half-price admission for keiki 12 years and younger. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the box office, call 242-7469 or go online to

For more information about Ebb & Flow Arts, visit