President’s Letter – November 2020

Dear Friends of the Kamuela Philharmonic,

On behalf of the Board and staff of the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society (KPOS), I hope and trust that all is well with you, your family, and friends as we continue to plan for the future amid the many uncertainties facing us because of the pandemic and its effects on our island, state, and nation. As you know, indoor and outdoor gatherings of ten or more remain prohibited, and restrictions that inhibit inter-island and trans-Pacific travel continue to apply. These prohibitions and restrictions make it currently impossible for us to present live performances of full orchestral works in a theater setting. Nevertheless, we continue to hope to be able to present at least one live MasterWorks concert during the 2020-21 season.

In the meantime, we are arranging for live performances of chamber music by KPOS musicians this year within hearing distance of nursing and retirement homes, and are continuing to explore the possibility of recording chamber music recitals for local broadcast. We have also announced that auditions for our annual Madeline Schatz-Harris Youth Concerto Competition will be conducted with videotaped entries.

We also continue to plan programs to educate our island’s keiki about the wonders and beauty of classical symphonic music, and hope to be able to again present them as soon as pandemic restrictions are eased.

All of this, of course, requires funding, and the absence of ticket revenue makes our dependence on contributions from donors like you more important than ever before in order to continue our efforts to bring “classical” music to the people of, and visitors to, Hawai‘i County.

Give Big Hawa‘i’s #GivingTuesday Fundraising Campaign

This year, we are again participating in the Give Big Hawai‘i #GivingTuesday Fundraising Campaign on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. We sincerely hope you will save the date and consider supporting our organization and our mission during this season of giving. Donations to our organization during this campaign can be made at our Give Big Hawaii Kamuela Philharmonic page.

We are qualified as a charitable organization pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, so your donations may be a deductible expense. Mahalo for your consideration and we hope you will donate generously.

Meet Our Newest Board Member

Finally, I’m happy to announce that Binti Bailey, a renowned performer well known to Hawai‘i Island residents, has been elected to serve on the KPOS Board. She will bring a wealth of show business experience to our deliberations. We are still looking to attract more community-minded Board members with experience in website and business management. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact me at president@kamuelaphil.org.


Joel Gimpel, President
Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society

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