A trio of virtuoso guitarists are set to perform a free noon concert at the University of Hawaii Maui College on Friday, July 25, to help shine a light on opportunities to study music at UHMC and inspire the next generation of musicians.
The concert features students of world-renowned classical guitarist Benjamin Verdery, who serves as chair of the guitar department at the Yale School of Music: Ian O'Sullivan, a Kamehameha graduate and U.H. alumni who became the first guitarist from Hawaii to earn a Masters in Guitar from Yale University; Arash Noori, who is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music from the Yale School of Music; and Ray Zhou, who will begin Yale School of Music's highly competitive Artist Diploma program. Sponsored by U.H. Maui College's Music Department, the program will include baroque guitar, classical guitar and 'ukulele, and will take place in the science building lecture theatre ('Ike Le'a 144).
"We're thrilled to have these gifted guitarists appear at UHMC and demonstrate the depth and variety of music that can be heard here on Maui," said UHMC Music Studies Coordinator Dr. Keola Donaghy.
"Maybe the next Ian O'Sullivan will be in the audience and find inspiration to take a music class at UHMC." UHMC is offering a variety of hands-on music classes starting Aug. 25, including Piano, Hawaiian Steel Guitar, Beginning 'Ukulele, Voice Class and Digital Recording Techniques. There's still time to apply and register, but it's recommended interested students do so soon. To learn more about music opportunities at UHMC, visit maui.hawaii.edu/music or maui.hawaii.edu/apply to fill out an online application.