Maui Chamber Orchestra to open season

Maui Chamber Orchestra & Chorus, together with the Cornell University Chamber Singers from Ithaca, N.Y., will present Joseph Haydn’s monumental “Harmoniemesse” — for orchestra, chorus and vocal soloists — at 3 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater.

Haydn — a mentor to Mozart, a source of inspiration for Beethoven and famous in his own right as the father of Viennese classical music — deploys the full range of his compositional skills in this, his last major work for orchestra and chorus.

The title, “Harmoniemesse,” derives from the German terminology for a kind of ensemble, Harmonie, which features the woodwind instruments of the orchestra (flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon).

Maui’s own Tracey Bloser (mezzo soprano) will be featured along with three other conservatory-trained singers from the Cornell choir as the quartet of vocal soloists.

The Cornell University Chamber Singers will open the concert with a set of a cappella pieces for choir, ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century.

While on-island, the Cornell group will also offer free workshops to local high school choirs and participate in cultural immersion service projects.

Their visit has been arranged by MCO Executive Director John Rowehl, who previously conducted the Chamber Singers while serving on Cornell’s faculty.

The performance will be preceded by “Talk Story with the Artists” at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20-$60 ($10 for students) and are available at the MACC Box Office. For tickets, call 242-7469.