TWINGE premieres by Haven Trio in Texas and Oklahoma
Dallas-based contemporary classical Haven Trio performed Jon
Magnussen's new work “TWINGE” for soprano, piano and clarinet – 15
songs based on Pulitzer Prize winner Barry Bearakʻs "The Day the Sea Came", the
Nov. 27, 2005 New York Times Magazine cover story which tells the story
of six survivors from the 2004 Indonesian tsunami. The Trio gave three performances as part of this first tour, at the Dallas Museum of Art, University of North Texas and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.|
The creation and performance of “TWINGE” was made possible by a generous 2015 Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant.
Click here to see a video of the "I look to the West" preview at University of North Texas.
Pākaʻa Lanakila! goes to Hawaiʻi Island
| Mahalo to the Cooke Foundation and Kamehameha Schools–Kea'au for supporting Pākaʻa Lanakila! performances ma
ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (in the Hawaiian language) with English translation at the WILLIAM CHARLES LUNALILO CENTER, on the KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS Kea'au campus on Nov. 2 and 3, again in a double-header format: an free evening program for the public, and a daytime
school program (about 300 keiki). |
Pākaʻa Lanakila! goes to Maui
"TWINGE" workshop with Haven Trio
|Jon travels to Lawrence, Kansas, to workshop his recently completed work "TWINGE" with the members of Haven Trio – at the International Clarinet Association's ClarinetFest 2016. |
Pākaʻa Lanakila! CD voted 2016 Nā Hōkū Hanohano award finalist
|Jon's Pākaʻa Lanakila! is
nominated for a 2016 Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Artists Na Hōkū
Hanohano Award in the Technical Category for Best Liner Notes, which Jon wrote with Kalama Cabigon.
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Hawaiian-language version of Pākaʻa Lanakila! -- First public performance at Kaua'i Community College Performing Arts Center
|The Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center hosted Chamber Music Hawaii's Spring Wind Quintet in the first public Hawaiian language “Pākaʻa Lanakila!” performance
to an enthusiastic (350+) audience. Master storyteller B.K.
Cabigon joined the quintet, and the performance included English
translation subtitles and artwork by Caren Loebel-Fried.
Donations supported the Larry L. McIntosh Band Music Scholarship Fund.
See The Garden Island newspaper article.
Free ‘Pākaʻa Lanakila!’ teacher resource guide now available
free, bilingual study guide featuring artwork by noted Hawaiʻi Island
artist, Caren Loebel-Fried is now available for educators to help them
teach the story of “Pākaʻa Lanakila!”. The Hawaiian and English language teacher resource guide
features an in-depth description of “Pākaʻa Lanakila!” and includes
suggested classroom activities and crossword puzzles, as well as photos
and background on “Pākaʻa Lanakila!” musical instruments.
World premiere of "Swell Lines" for string orchestra
|The Punahou Symphony under Jonas Carlson gave the world premiere of Jon's new "Swell Lines" on December 4, 2015. The piece is an arrangement of the third movement from his string quartet deep sea, distant sky (String Quartet No. 1) and
was dedicated to Director of Academy Orchestras Jonas Carlson and the
Punahou Symphony in celebration of the School’s 175th
"The Winged" featured at the José Limón International Dance Festival in NYC
|Jon's music for José Limón's 40-minute ballet “The Winged" is featured at the José Limón International Dance Festival
where dance companies and colleges from seven countries around the
world join the Limón Dance Company to share 15 of Limón’s masterworks
with a wider audience at New York City’s The Joyce Theater.
Pākaʻa Lanakila! CD is released
|Chamber Music Hawaii's new CMH recording label releases its first album – Pākaʻa Lanakila! performed by the Spring Wind Quintet in two versions; one, with narration in Hawaiian by Braven Kalama Cabigon and Sam ʻOhu Gon III; and another with narration in English by Jon. The recording is available for download at CDBaby.com, iTunes and also at retail outlets including Bishop Museum, Nā Mea Hawaiʻi at Ward Warehouse, and the Kauaʻi Museum.|
Haven Trio collaboration with Jon wins Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning award, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
|Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, announced Haven Trio as a recipients of its 2016 commissioning programs, supporting the creation of new works for small ensembles. The new commission will support a new work by Jon Magnussen based on the stories of six people who survived the 2004 Indonesian tsunami.|
"The Queen's Jubilee" (arr. Jon) featured in UH Mānoa choral concert "UNCLOUDED DAY".
|Jon's arrangement of her royal majesty's beautiful "The Queen's Jubilee" taken up again by the choirs of UH Mānoa under the direction of Michael Lippert, with oli beautifully delivered by Megann Salā. Beautiful concert also featuring guest conductor J.D. Burnettand the inimitable Miguel Felipe.|
deep sea, distant sky (String Quartet No. 1) premiered by Galliard String Quartet
new 5-movement string quartet was commissioned by Chamber Music Hawaii with support
from the Mayor's Office on Culture and the Arts, premieres at Paliku
Theater (Monday, April 6), UH West O'ahu Library (Tuesday, April 7),
and Doris Duke Theater (Monday, April 13).|
Jonʻs new "Fleet" premiered by UH Contemporary Ensemble's Aisha Kadomatsu (violin) and Grant Carvahlo (piano), with film by Wojciech Lorenc
|Jon's "Fleet" premieres Tuesday, April 21, at Orvis Auditoriumon the UH Mānoa campus. The 6-minute violin+piano piece will be performed with a film created by video artist Wojciech Lorenc based on the piece, to accompany the music.|
Jonʻs new arrangement of HRM Lili'uokalani's "The Queen's Jubilee" premieres at E Himeni Kākou 2015
|Jon's new arrangement of her royal majesty's beautiful "The Queenʻs Jubilee" premieres at the annual statewide collegiate choral festival, with the Nola Nāhulu conducting choirs from UH Mānoa, UH West Oʻahu, Kapiʻolani Community College and Leeward Community College, and oli beautifully performed by Prof. Leilani Basham.|
Pākaʻa Lanakila! ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi version recorded and edited... off to the mastering engineer!
sessions were fabulously fun with Braven Kalama Cabigon and Sam ʻOhu
Gon III, and now... editing is finished for this beautiful
ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi version of Pākaʻa Lanakila!. Handing it off soon to Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer, Michael Bishop from Five/Four Productions.|
Pākaʻa Lanakila! ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi version ready for recording!
with Braven Kalama Cabigon and Sam ʻOhu Gon III has yielded a beautiful
ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi version of this piece for wind quintet and narrator that
just keeps going (...kupaianaha!). Next up, the UH West Oʻahu D-249 recording studio with ʻOhu, Kalama and Jon. |
"He Lei Aloha no nā ʻEwa" for oli and chorus performed for Spring 2014
UH West Oʻahu Commencement Ceremony
UH West Oʻahu Commencement Ceremony
|"He Lei Aloha no nā ʻEwa" for oli and chorus, a collaboration with UHWO Hawaiian/Pacific Studies faculty Dr. Leilani Basham, author of the oli “He Aloha no nā ʻEwa”, performed by the UHWO University Chorus, Dr. Basham and graduates, directed by Jon.|
Limón Dance Company brings "Psalm" to The Joyce Theater in New York City
|Performances of "Psalm" for SATB chorus, baritone solo, and ensemble (2002) on April 29, 30, May 1-3, 2014, with recorded version played for live dance. Five performances in conjunction with the annual Limon Company Gala.|
Jon directs HRM Lili'uokalani's "ʻImi au iā ʻoe" (arr. Jon) at 2014 Lōkahi High School Choral Festival
HRM Lili'uokalani's "ʻImi au iā ʻoe" (arr. Jon) is the mass choir number at the 2014 Lōkahi High School Choral Festival Concert (with approx. 200 singers), Jon directing – at Kawaiahaʻo Church, Honolulu.
"He Lei Aloha No Nā ʻEwa" performed in E Hīmeni Kākou 2014 – Collegiate Choral Festival
|E Hīmeni Kākou Collegiate Choral Festival features "He Lei Aloha no nā ʻEwa" for oli and chorus, a collaboration with UHWO Hawaiian/Pacific Studies faculty Dr. Leilani Basham, author of the oli “He Aloha no nā ʻEwa”, performed by the UHWO University Chorus, Dr. Basham and Lahi Vegas, directed by Jon. Mahalo to BYU Hawaiʻi Campus in Lāʻie, HI for hosting!|
HRM Lili'uokalani's "ʻImi au iā ʻoe" (arr. Jon) presented by Nola Nāhulu at the American Choral Directors Association Western Division Conference 2014 in Santa Barbara, CA.
HRM Lili'uokalani's "ʻImi au iā ʻoe" (arr. Jon) is presented by Nola Nāhulu in her presentation “Nā Lani ʻEha – The Royal Composers” at the American Choral Directors Association Western Division Conference 2014 in Santa Barbara, CA.
HRM Lili'uokalani's "ʻImi au iā ʻoe" (arr. Jon) highlighted in spring performances
Jonʻs arrangement of HRM Lili'uokalani's lovely "ʻImi au iā ʻoe" -- created for the UH West Oʻahu University Chorus, is being performed in SAB and SAB+string quartet versions this spring season.
"He Lei Aloha No Nā ʻEwa" premiered at Fall 2013 UH West Oʻahu Commencement Ceremony
|Premiere performance of He Lei Aloha no nā ʻEwa for oli and chorus at the Fall 2013 Commencement Ceremony; a collaboration with UHWO Hawaiian/Pacific Studies faculty Dr. Leilani Basham, author of the oli He Aloha no nā ʻEwa, performed by the UHWO University Chorus, Dr. Basham, graduating students of Dr. Basham, and directed by Jon.|
"Roadtrip" plays at UH Hilo's ‘IMILOA Astronomy Center
|Jon's "Roadtrip" heads for UH Hilo's ‘IMILOA in an August 31, 2013 program presented by Ebb & Flow Arts as part of the ongoing “Music of the Spheres” program – avant garde electronic music with in-house effects and full dome films.|
- Chamber Music Hawai‘i receives Kosasa Foundation grant to record "Pāka‘a Lanakila"
|Thanks to a grant from the Kosasa Foundation, "Pāka‘a Lanakila" will be recorded and edited in English as well as in Hawaiian. More on that in the coming months...|
New arrangement of Lili‘uokalani's "Imi au ia ‘oe e ke aloha"
leads the performance of his SAB arrangement for the newly-formed UH
West O‘ahu University Chorus at the Kapolei Choral Festival.|
"Roadtrip" premieres at Paliku Arts Festival
a commission from Ebb and Flow Arts, Jon composes "Roadtrip" and
collaborates with Joseph Ciotti (computer-generated visuals) for the
premiere at the Paliku Arts Festival on the campus of Windward
Community College. The work is presented by Ebb & Flow
Arts as part of the ongoing “Music of the Spheres” program: avant garde
electronic music with in-house effects and full dome films.
Kala Koa Entertainment reprises Jon's string arrangements in SoCal HAPA concert
|Jon's string arrangements for well-known HAPA tunes "Olinda Road", "Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai", "Manoa in the Rain", and more are reprised at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center for the November 10, 2012 performance.|
Jon scores the featured trailer at 32nd Hawai‘i International Film Festival
|Jon collaborates with film maker Luke Aguinaldo and composes, performs and produces the music for the HIFF 2012 trailer, which appears before each of the 219 festival films during the 32nd Hawaii International Film Festival, and in TV ads.|
Zoe Goode joins the Spring Wind Quintet and Jon for the neighbor island
performance. Mahalo to sponsors University of Hawaii at Manoa
Outreach College, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, The
National Endowment for the Arts, the Hawaii Friends of the Library and
Four Seasons Resorts and Hotels (Ko‘ele Lodge). |
Kala Koa Entertainment taps Jon for string arrangements in SoCal HAPA concert
|Jon creates string arrangements for well-known HAPA tunes "Olinda Road", "Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai", "Manoa in the Rain", and more. Musician and concert promoter Mitch Chang leads the strings at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center for the November 13, 2011 show.|
Paka`a Lanakila! premieres at Doris Duke and Paliku Theaters on O`ahu, celebrates Chamber Music Hawaii's 30th season
generously by the Honolulu Mayor's Office on Culture and the Arts, Jon
again collaborates as narrator with Chamber Music Hawaii's
Spring Wind Quintet on his newly completed wind-themed work for
narrator, flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon (with an appearance
of Hawaiian ka`eke`eke and pu instruments).
Jon composed Paka`a Lanakila! for audiences young and young-at-heart, based on the Kaua`i story of Paka`a (retold by Frederick B. Wichman in his "Polihale and other Kaua`i Legends" [Bamboo Ridge Press]). The piece tells the story of a young boy who faces adversity and ultimately triumphs, and it resonates with themes of love, respect, courage, rejection, acceptance, family, and community.
Jon conducts Limón Performances in Culiacán and Mazatlán, Mexico
|Once again collaborating with the amazing Limón Dance Company, Jon travels to Sinaloa (Mexico) to conduct the Orquesta Sinfónica Sinaloa de las Artes in Culiacán and Mazatlán, performing the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos and Norman Dello Joio. Wonderful music, old friends, new friends... it doesn't get better!|
UH Manoa Dance Program dances to Fantasy for Violin and Synthesizers
|Choreographer Amy Schiffner creates a terrific new piece entitled "Greyscale" based on Jon's "Fantasy for Violin and Synthesizers" from long ago (college days). Cool lighting with CFL lightbulbs, wonderful dancing, and smart choreography. Five performances over 2 weekends.|
Contemporary Music Ensemble Korea (CMEK) premieres below the sky
|On February 11 at Orvis Auditorium (UH Manoa campus), Chi-wan Park, piri and Woong-sik Kim, janggu perform Jon's new duo below the sky for these Korean traditional instruments.|
Oahu Choral Society premieres BUMP! with choreography by Amy Schiffner
|On October 24 at Paliku Theatre, Esther Yoo (director, Honolulu Symphony Chorus and Honolulu Chamber Choir) and pianists Thomas Yee and Grant Mack premiere BUMP!, a 17-min. Halloween-themed work for chorus and piano four-hands. (Yes, that's right -- from "things that go BUMP in the night.") Kudos to choreographer Amy Schiffner (UH Mänoa faculty), lighting designer Lloyd Rifod, and the terrific dancers from the UH Manoa dance department for creating a very mysterious and hallowed eve atmosphere. Thanks to the Honolulu Mayor's Office on Culture and the Arts for generously supporting the commission and performance.|
Chamber Music Hawaii premieres part one of Pākaʻa Lanakila!
|Commissioned with generous funding from the Honolulu Mayor's Office on Culture and the Arts, the terrific Spring Wind ensemble from Chamber Music Hawaii (Marsha Schweitzer, basson; Jonathan Parrish, horn; James Moffitt, clarinet; with guests Claire Butin, flute; Brad Shimizu, oboe; and yours truly as narrator) premieres part one of Päka`a: Lanakila! at Paliku Theatre on Oct. 4 and at the Honolulu Academy of Arts on Oct. 10. The work, for wind quintet and narrator, tells the story of young Päka`a, who lives in the cliffs of Ke-ahi-ahi on the island of Kaua`i, and who outwits the local fishermen in a canoe race against all odds. (Watch for the conclusion during next season's 30th anniversary of Chamber Music Hawaii!)|
ETHEL brings Outta This World (unplugged) to the Moab Music Festival (UT) and the Museum of Communications in St. Petersburg (Russia)
|Thanks to a generous American Composers Forum ENCORE program award, "America's favorite string band" performs Outta This World at the Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge (also supported in part by a grant from WESTAF). Then, a few weeks later, they land in St. Petersburg for a Russian concert tour supported by CEC ArtsLink, which includes performances in St. Petersburg, Petrozavodsk, Kaliningrad and Moscow. Here's a fun blog of their Russian debut.|
ETHEL rocks in new 'unplugged' version of Outta This World
|ETHEL (Cornelius Dufallo and Mary Rowell, violins; Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, 'cello) premiered the unplugged version of Outta This World on May 13 at the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert in LaGuardia Performing Arts Center... what seriously awesome performers! Jon led the pre-performance audience interaction/improvisation with a great assist from those intrepid ETHEL specialists. Fun, fun, fun...|
Hawaii Youth Symphony premieres KE AO
|Commissioned by the HYS in celebration of the HYS' 45th and Maestro Henry Miyamura's 25th anniversary with the HYS, KE AO was premiered at Blaisdell Concert Hall on April 11 by the HYS, Honolulu Symphony Chorus (Esther Yoo, dir.) and ho`opa`a chanters from Halau Hula Ka No`eau (Michael Pili Pang, kumu hula) -- a terrific first performance. Bravi, tutti!!! See the following HYS Facebook photo links: Pic 1 Pic 2|
Meet The Composer's MetLife Creative Connections program award
|Thanks to a generous Meet The Composer award, Jon will participate in ETHEL Foundation for the Arts' presentation of Outta This World on May 13 at the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert in LaGuardia Performing Arts Center.|
American Composers Forum ENCORE program award
|Thanks to a generous award from ACF's ENCORE program, ETHEL will perform Jon's first string quartet (it's been 11 years since Outta This World's premiere!). ETHEL will be performing the "unplugged" version in May.|
Honolulu Symphony Chorus performs Psalm 23
|The Honolulu Symphony Chorus, directed by Esther Yoo, presented Psalm 23 for SATB chorus and organ, at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Honolulu, with John Renke at the organ.|
Hawai`i Youth Opera Chorus performs "Christmas Bells"
|The Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus, directed by Nola Nahulu, presented the Hawai`i premiere of Christmas Bells for 3-part treble chorus and piano, atKawaiaha'o Church in Honolulu.|
Honolulu Symphony Chorus premieres Psalm 23
|The Symphony Chorus joined with the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus to present "A Festival of Psalms", which featured the Honolulu Chamber Choir's premiere of Psalm 23 for SATB chorus and organ at Kawaiaha'o Church on November 25, with Buddy Naluai at the organ and conducted by HSC artistic director Esther Yoo.|
PBS Hawai`i premieres "State of Aloha" documentary
|Jon contributed some original music for this TV version of State of Aloha which premiered on PBS Hawai`i on August 27. Directed by Anne Misawa of the Academy for Creative Media (University of Hawai`i at Manoa), the feature-length version will show at the Hawai`i International Film Fest (October).|
composed for solo voice and piano, these new arrangements are scored for SSAA and
SATB with piano/organ (approximately 4 minutes in duration).
(19 June 2015)