Winners of the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra’s third-annual Concerto Competition will be featured in concert 4 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows Pavilion.
Elizabeth Sekona will perform the first movement of Lalo’s “Symphonie Espagnole in D Minor” and Kisa Uradomo will play the first movement of Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto in E Minor” with orchestral accompaniment.
In keeping with Kamuela Philharmonic’s 2013-14 season theme “Blast From the Past,” the orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Madeline Schatz, will reprise favorite works from past seasons to commemorate the orchestra’s 10th anniversary.
The program will include Mendelssohn’s “The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave) Overture,” which the orchestra performed in April 2006, and Dvorak’s “New World Symphony,” which was part of a January 2008 program.
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Violinist Elizabeth Sekona is a 17-year-old senior at Honokaa High School and member of the school’s award-winning jazz ensemble. She recently helped teacher Gary Washburn start an introductory string program in Honokaa High as part of her senior project, and continues to study violin and piano with Ursula Vietze of Kona.
At age 15, she was among the winners of the orchestra’s first Concerto Competition. Her competition piece, Belgian composer Eduoard Lalo’s dramatic “Symphonie Espagnole,” is a bold martial melody overlaid with a more lyrical second theme in Spanish style, which allowed her to put all her emotions into her playing and display her beautiful tone. The expressiveness of her performance is one of the factors that made her stand out to the competition judges.
Kisa Uradomo is a 17-year-old senior at King Kekaulike High School on Maui. She studied violin for 12 years, first with Teresa Skinner and Rona Landrigan of Maui, and now via Facetime with Robin Sharp of California. She has also studied piano and currently plays trumpet in her school’s jazz band, as well as alternating on trumpet and percussion in the wind ensemble, marching band and pep band.
This will be Uradomo’s first experience soloing with an orchestra, a long-time dream and her primary goal in the competition. Uradomo chose Felix Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto in E Minor” because it is challenging and emotional.
Her lively performance exhibited a virtuosity that left no question in the judge’s minds she is a competition winner.
The mission of the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society is to present live, high-quality orchestral music to Big Island audiences and further the musical education of young people.
Donations to help the orchestra accomplish that mission might be tax deductible.
The group appreciates contributions in its calabash during concerts, mailed to P.O. Box 2597, Kamuela, HI 96743, or via the orchestra’s website at kamuelaphil.org.