|Spring Wind Quintet
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The Spring Wind Quintet has a proud tradition of reaching across the socio-cultural divide. We constantly seek works that integrate world cultures and bring diverse ideas together. In addition to our usual European/American fare, the SWQ has programmed works by African, South American, Asian, native Hawaiian and Hawaii-resident composers, and also honors the work of artists whose lives were marred by tragedy, such as the quintet we played last season by Polish composer Pavel Haas, who died while imprisoned in the ?? concentration camp.
In 2003 we built a bridge halfway around the world, sharing our stage with the Bergen Wind Quintet of Bergen, Norway. In 2005 we took our Hawaiian repertoire and our aloha on tour to New York and Norway, where the Bergen Quintet shared their stage with us.
In 2006 we premiered a new work, Malulani, for wind quintet and slack-key guitar by Keola Beamer, which contains many references to traditional Hawaiian oli and mele, and contains one movement that explores the challenges of a hula dancer without arms or legs.
In August 2010 the SWQ performed a six-concert series on O ahu, Kaua i, Maui and Hilo with Keola Beamer and Raiatea Helm which was sponsored by N~ Lei Aloha Foundation and dedicated to the ideals of Diversity, Harmony, and Peace.
John Magnussen’s new work, P~ka a, receiving its world premier tonight, describes in Hawaiian legend one young boy’s journey out of conflict, prejudice, doubt, and despair. May we all take the message of this story home with us and apply it in our own lives.