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Maui Chamber Orchestra trumpets its 2019-20 season

Discounted ticket packages offered

The Maui News

Venturing into a new era after the resignation of its founder and artistic director, Robert E. Wills, Maui Chamber Orchestra is launching its most musically diverse season. The offerings in 2019-20 include two orchestra concerts at Iao Theater and a series of four chamber music concerts at Kihei Baptist Chapel.

The Dec. 21-22 Holiday Concert features the Maui Chamber Orchestra and Chorus, with guest conductor Stephen Spinelli of Cornell University in a program of joyous music for the season: Mozart’s “Regina Coeli” and Bach’s “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” (Cantata 191), followed by popular carols for orchestra and choir.

The May 16-17 Spring Concert brings Ignace (Iggy) Jang, concertmaster of the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra, to Maui as guest conductor and violin soloist in a program of Rossini, Vivaldi, Villa Lobos and Beethoven.

The Chamber Music series shines a spotlight on MCO’s principal players, with programs for string quartet (Oct. 27), woodwinds and piano (March 15) and brass (April 19). Rounding out the series is a Valentine-themed concert (Feb. 9) featuring a quartet of vocalists offering musical depictions of love through the ages, from the Renaissance to Broadway and jazz.

Complete program listings can be found at MCO’s website, mauichamberorchestra.org/concerts.

In another first, MCO is offering substantial discounts on tickets purchased as a package — the two orchestra concerts together and/or the four chamber music concerts together (details at the website). With tickets as low as $5 for students and $15 for seniors, and the package discounts for its regular $27-$55 tickets, MCO seeks to make its concerts of “inspiring music performed passionately” accessible to the entire Maui community, residents and visitors alike.

The season begins on Oct. 27 at Kihei Baptist Chapel with Music for String Quartet (+1). The featured piece is Schubert’s sublime “String Quintet in C,” a work widely regarded as among the composer’s greatest accomplishments and one that, according to National Public Radio’s guide to essential classics, “revolutionized the art of writing for strings.”