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Jon Magnussen Composer: Na Kau ‘Elua | The Two Seasons
Seeded by iecontent2 on 13 Nov 2019
Author: Hawaii Symphony
Japanese Conductor Keitaro Harada makes his HSO debut in this program that connects classical music of Prokofiev and Schubert with Hawai'i’s rich natural history. As part of the Hawaiian Oboe Legacy Project, Principal Oboist J. Scott Janusch performs a monumental work that celebrates ancient Hawaiian culture. Jausch's legacy oboe is crafted from wood from a kauila tree, native to Koke?e, Kaua'i. The tree from which the oboe is made is believed to have been about 300 years old. After being damaged in a hurricane, the wood was reclaimed, and a portion was gifted to Janusch. Howarth of London, an internationally known maker of oboes, English horns, clarinets, and bassoons, was commissioned to craft the oboe. Two years later the oboe was completed. With continued support from the Hawaiian Oboe Legacy Project and Live Music Awareness, Janusch commissioned University of Hawai'i-West O'ahu Associate Professor Jon Magnussen to write a piece for oboe that would also be a legacy gift to the p