Kuo is known as one of Hawaii’s premiere Slack Key (ki ho’alu) guitar artists playing in the traditional nahenahe (sweet, soothing) style. In his illustrious career, he has accompanied and collaborated with Hawaii’s major artists such as Eddie Kamae and the Sons of Hawai’i, Dennis Kamakahi, Cyril and Martin Pahinui and Aaron Mahi. His recordings for the Slack Key Guitar Masters Series on the Dancing Cat label, Love for the Elders and Hawaiian Touch, were awarded Instrumental Album of the Year by the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts. In addition to his performing career, George is a Board Member of the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame and Museum, where he has supported initiatives to perpetuate Hawaiian traditional music.
Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a recital of his first three violin and piano sonatas, Op. 12, with noted violinist Nicolas Kitchen, first violinist of the Borromeo String Quartet, and Professor of Music Ann Sears, piano.
Called a “world-wide phenomenon” by Boston’s WBUR, A Far Cry has nurtured a distinct approach to music-making since its founding in 2007. The self-conducted orchestra is a democracy in which decisions are made collectively and leadership rotates among the players (“Criers”). This structure has led to consistently thoughtful, innovative, and unpredictable programming — and impactful collaborations with celebrated performers and composers. Over the past year, A Far Cry has risen to the top of Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart, been named Boston’s best classical ensemble by The Improper Bostonian, and celebrated two Grammy nominations for its Visions and Variations. Boston Musical Intelligencer sums up the group: “In its first decade, this conductor-free ensemble has earned and sustained a reputation for top-drawer playing, engrossing programming, and outstanding guest artists.”
Free tickets may be reserved online though the Watson Box Office.
The Wheaton Chorale, under the direction of Professor of Music Tim Harbold, continues a Wheaton tradition, singing carols and other music from a wide variety of cultures and traditions. The concert is free to the public, but donations are gratefully accepted. Suggested donation $10.
The 60-piece GWSO performs dance music from around the world, featuring selections from Stravinsky’s Firebird; Respighi’s Ancient Airsand Dances Suite No 2; Melanie Bonis’ Suite en forme de valses; and African-American composer William Grant Still’s Danzas da Panama. Charlotte Chuen, Class of 2020, also performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Suggested donation $5.
The Southeastern Massachusetts Wind Symphony, under the direction of Associate Professor Earl Raney, presents works by Prokofiev, Milhaud, Gould, Hindemith, plus seasonal favorites. Suggested donation $5.
The ensemble, under the direction of Assistant Professor Sheila Falls, performs music from a variety of genres from around the world, including Europe, South America, Africa and more.
The talented students of the Jazz Band, under the direction of Assistant Professor Jeff Cashen, perform a program of music including works by Charles Mingus, Ralph Towner, Wes Montgomery and others.
The Phat Police, a student-led ensemble under the direction of Assistant Professor Jeff Cashen, present a program of music selected and arranged by the members, ranging from jazz standards to blues to reggae.
Gifted student performers demonstrate mastery in voice, violin, cello, piano and other instruments.