Project Director: J Scott Janusch
In 2017 Hawaii Symphony principal oboist J. Scott Janusch asked LMA to become fiscal sponsor for an exciting new project. As his gift to the Hawaii community that has nurtured his professional musical career, Scott is directing the creation of a new oboe made of native Hawaiian kauila wood, and also the commissioning of a new musical composition featuring the kauila oboe. The oboe is now under construction at Howarth’s of London, and Jon Magnussen, noted Hawaii composer and professor of music at University of Hawaii – West Oahu, has agreed to compose the new work.
The new oboe is expected to be completed by autumn 2018 and Magnussen’s composition in time to be performed by spring 2019. Scott will perform these first concerts introducing the kauila oboe, presented in chamber form by Chamber Music Hawaii and Live Music Awareness, and in symphonic form by the Hawaii Symphony. LMA will retain ownership of the instrument, see to its ongoing care and maintenance, and control its use for concert and educational purposes into the future.
Here is a video of Scott introducing the almost-completed Hawaiian kauila oboe. It looks and sounds gorgeous!
The total cost of this project will be about $40,000. Your donations are most welcomed. To contribute to this exciting project, please use the form below: