A Night of Sovereign Strings

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A Night of Sovereign Strings


Saturday Jan 12 07:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $45.00
General Admission: $55.00


About the Performance:

Join an all-star cast of Hawai‘i’s instrumental and vocal virtuosi as they reimagine the vibrant string ensemble styles of the Kalākaua era.

The Kingdom of Hawai‘i under Mo‘i David Kalākaua possessed an unprecedented diversity of musical and instrumental cultures—from the bowed string instruments and brass of the Royal Hawaiian Band at ‘Iolani palace to the banjos, mandolins, ‘ukuleles and guitars of Honolulu’s string-slinging harborside minstrels. Fostered by the patronage of the monarchs, this community of musicians and instrument craftsmen forged a sound that would shape the string-driven global soundscape of the modern age.

Master luthier and musical historian Killin Reece offers an in-depth exploration of Hawai‘i's musical traditions, featuring performances by Keauhou, Raiatea Helm, Ian O’Sullivan, Jeff Peterson, Chris Kamaka, Puka Asing, Jeff Au Hoy, Fumiko Wellington, Duane Padilla and more.

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