Artist Dorothy Faison gets “Beached!” with Honolulu’s Fresh Chamber

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Honolulu’s Fresh Chamber brought the salon concept back last night to Studio 909, with “beached!” featuring the music of American composer Amy Beach and the work of Hawaii artist Dorothy Faison.

It was a rare and exquisite Honolulu experience, as if you were transported to 1880 in Paris. Over 80 people showed up to experience an intimate gathering of music, art, conversation and food!

“We’re going for more of a salon atmosphere than a concert atmosphere,” said Wellington, a violinist with the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra.

Exquisite performances, delicious bites prepared by Fumiko Wellington, and supported by volunteers in love with presenting fresh concepts in Honolulu. If you missed it, this is what I witnessed.

Excerpt from Honolulu Pulse about Dorothy Faison:

“Faison’s most recent work of note is the fictional “Lawnboat Historical Society,” a whimsical account of an era in which boats transported grass lawns across the ocean to Hawaii. She has created a website, paintings and “historical” documents and artifacts as part of her chronicle. For this event, she will be creating a “wrap” around the performance area, decorated with motifs from her “lawnboat” series.”

Listen to Noe Tanigawa’s HPR interview.

Artist Dorothy Faison prepares installation for Beached.

Performances by mezzo-soprano Maya Hoover, a University of Hawaii-Manoa voice professor and symphony musicians Ignace Jang on violin, violist Colin Belisle, cellist Joanna Morrison-Pernela and UH piano professor Thomas Yee.

Location: Studio 909, Hawaii Musicians Union building, 909 Kapiolani Blvd.


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