Dear Friends and Supporters of the Kamuela Philharmonic,
The Board of Directors, Advisory Committee members and Consultants of the Kamuela Philharmonic hope that you are weathering the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic and staying well while following the travel and public gathering restrictions, and social separation directives that are in effect on our island, our state, and our nation. As you can imagine, we are well aware of the effects these restrictions and directives may have on plans for our 2020-21 season, depending on their duration. For example, travel restrictions could prevent the participation of our off-island musicians, soloists, and Artistic Director even if the venue, public gathering, and social separation directives were lifted.
The first event of our coming season is the Madeline Schatz-Harris Concerto Competition, presently scheduled for September 2020, at the Iolani School campus on Oahu. We recognize that circumstances may require that the date or venue may have to be changed, and will make that decision by the end of July.
The next scheduled event is our season-opening MasterWork concert at the Kahilu Theatre on October 4, featuring piano soloist Lorraijne Min. Because of the aforesaid uncertainties regarding the duration of the restrictions and directives, our planning for this concert must also be tentative until more is known. We expect to make a final decision early in August.
Similar concerns exist for the MasterWork concerts and educational programs presently planned for the remainder of our 2020-21 season. But rest assured, we will apprise you of those decisions as soon as possible because we greatly appreciate your continued support of our mission to present live, quality performances of “classical” music for the people of, and visitors to, Hawai‘i County, especially including students, and to enrich the lives of all who come into contact with our activities.
In the meantime, please stay well.
Joel E. Gimpel, Acting President
Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society