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Mānoa Arts & Minds

Aloha!  As we approach the mid-semester mark, Mānoa Arts & Minds continues to offer an exceptional combination of music, dance, theater and art events on the UH Mānoa campus.

We hope that you were able to enjoy all that the winter events had to offer, but don't worry if you missed out. The months of March and April bring additional reasons to spring onto the UH Mānoa campus and relish all that the Mānoa Arts & Minds has to spotlight.

Music credit: Warm aloha to Hawaiian slack key guitarist Ozzie Kotani for the music heard in the Mānoa Arts & Minds announcements. Ozzie is an alumni and former music instructor at UH Mānoa, and "Ka Ua Noe" (The Misty Rain) is from his 2009 CD titled "Hōʻihi" (Respect).

Art Series – Eternal Blinking: Contemporary Art of Korea

February 21– April 9, 2010
Art GalleryEternal Blinking: Contemporary Art of Korea

This exhibition brings together about twenty contemporary artists from Korea. The artists are specially selected to highlight the historical dynamism of modern Korea.


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Outreach College Series – Koʻolau: A True Story of Kauaʻi

Friday, March 5; 7:30 p.m.
Palikū Theatre/WindwardCommunity CollegeKoolau: A True Story of Kauai

Koʻolau is an intimate and inventive multi-media puppet performance based on the true story of Kaluaikoʻolau, the native Hawaiian paniolo who achieved legendary status by resisting forced exile to Kalaupapa in the 1890s. This tale of sacrifice, love, and the power of the human spirit is revealed in an entrancing production by Tom Lee.

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Music Series – Aura-JAURA-J Workshop

Saturday, March 6; 7:30 p.m.;
Orvis Auditorium
Sunday, March 7; 4 p.m.; East-West
Center Jefferson Hall
Tuesday, March 9; 7:30 p.m.;
Orvis Auditorium

AURA-J, a Tokyo-based professional musical ensemble that performs new music for traditional Japanese instruments, will be in residence at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Music Department March 5-9, 2010.

During this time they will give two concerts of new music in Orvis Auditorium, a concert of traditional and new music at the Japanese Garden of the East-West Center, workshops on traditional and new Japanese music, and reading sessions for UH Mānoa composition students. They will also participate in educational outreach to the community, introducing school children to Japanese instruments and music. All events are open to the public.

This residency is sponsored by the UH Mānoa Music Composition Area, with support from the Japan Foundation, the East-West Center, the UH Diversity and Equity Initiative, and the UH Mānoa Music Department.

  • On March 6th, experience a concert of new chamber music for Japanese instruments, featuring works by leading Japanese composers, as well as the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa composition faculty.

  • On March 7th, enjoy a concert experience showcasing traditional Japanese music, as well as inspiring new works.

  • On March 9th, discover the wonders of chamber music for Japanese instruments, featuring works by leading Japanese composers, as well as the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa composition faculty.

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Art Series – Intersections Artist Lecture

Fay Ku
Wednesday, March 10; 6:00 p.m.
Art AuditoriumFay Ku, "Accumulation"

In partnership with the Contemporary Museum of Hawaiʻi, Intersections has invited artist Fay Ku to talk about her work. Ku was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1974. Her intimate and precise draftsmanship opens up a fantastic world of personal folklore that examines the tension between whimsy and aggression in the struggles she faces as a Taiwanese woman.

She has an MFA from Pratt Institute, lives and works in New York, and currently has an exhibition at TCM. She is one of a number of artists that Intersections, the Arts and Art History Department's Visiting Artist and Scholar Program, has invited this spring. To find out more about Intersections and see their full program, please visit them at

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Theatre Series –DANCING GREEN!

Annual Dance Concert
Dancing Green Annual Dance ConcertMarch 11, 12 & 13; 8 p.m.
March 14; 2 p.m.
Kennedy Theatre

Dancing Green takes sustainability to the stage with dances created on environmental themes.






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Art Series – BFA Exhibition

April 25 — May 14;
Art GalleryBFA Exhibition

The annual BFA exhibition features recent work in painting, printmaking, fiber, glass, drawing, graphic design, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and intermedia created by students who will receive BFA degress this academic year from the Department of Art and Art History, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

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Music Series – Choir - ANIMAL INSTINCTS

UH Concert Choir and Chamber Singers
Friday, April 30; 7:30 p.m.;
St. Andrew's CathedralUH Concert Choir and Chamber Singers

The UH Concert Choir and Chamber Singers present a concert of "animal music" ranging from the serious to the sublime to the just plain silly. The program will feature Benjamin Britten's glorious Rejoice in the Lamb, Eric Whitacre's "Animal Crackers, Vol. 1" (based on the whimsical poetry of Ogden Nash), as well as selections by Ravel, Handel, Palestrina, Mendelssohn, and John Tavener.

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The Judith of ShimodaApril 30 & May 1; 7:30 p.m.
May 2; 2 p.m.
Kennedy Theatre

The Judith of Shimoda: The world premier of the English language version of this rediscovered and restored play by Bertolt Brecht, presented in conjunction with the 13th Symposium of the International Brecht Society conference at UH Mānoa May 19 - 23.

Mahagonny Songspiel: A special performance of this Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill musical in a production by the Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studio of the Hawaiʻi Opera Theatre.


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