The Chamber Music Olympics
Press Release:

The Hawaii Chamber Music Festival (HCMF) continues its third season with a new, innovative concert series, The Chamber Music Olympics. Led by Founder Chris Yick, the series runs August 10-18 and will feature many of today's finest young artists paired with internationally acclaimed performers.

Talent. Drive. Artistry. Much like Olympic Games athletes, musicians from around the world will bring their unique story and experience to the stage.

The Chamber Music Olympics began as a dream. In December 2018, Niu Valley Middle School Band Director Zachary Morita was the recipient of a $100,000 prize from the "Dream Big Teacher Challenge Competition" by Farmers Insurance. His dream -- to launch his music Olympics. HCMF dedicates the Chamber Music Olympics to Zach, as we celebrate his achievement and a prelude of what's to come.

"The inspiration behind the chamber music Olympics came from Zach Morita," said HCMF Founder Chris Yick. "The work he does for the community and his students is amazing. Hawaii is lucky to have a devoted music educator like Zach."

The Chamber Music Olympics will showcase 16 local and international artists, with some familiar faces as well as new. Making his Hawaii debut, violist and social media sensation Drew Alexander Forde, aka ThatViolaKid, will perform in the upcoming Olympics.

The Olympics will open on Saturday, August 10 at 7:00 PM, with "Czech-mate!" at St. John Vianney's Parish in Kailua. The program will feature Ravel's virtuosic Duo Sonata for Violin and Cello, Schumann's String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, and Dvorak's String Quintet in G Major. Tickets are free, with a suggested donation of $20.

On Sunday, August 11 at 4:00 PM, HCMF will make its premiere in Niu Valley's Calvary by the Sea Church as they present "Rushin to Russia." The program will feature masterworks such as Borodin's famous second string quartet, Tchaikovsky's incredible Souvenir de Florence, and works by Spanish composer Pablo de Sarasate and Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla. Tickets are free, with a suggested donation of $20.

Concluding the Chamber Olympics, HCMF will return once again to Orvis Auditorium with "Gems in Germany" on Sunday, August 18 at 4:00 PM. For this concert finale, HCMF welcomes Joseph Stepec, the University of Hawaii orchestra director and newly appointed Hawaii Youth Symphony director. This concert will be a benefit fundraiser for the University of Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (UHSO) which has been selected to perform in Europe in 2020. The program will include Beethoven's Violin Romance in G Major, Brahms' intimate Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, and octets by Bruch and Mendelssohn.

For tickets and more information about HCMF and the Chamber Music Olympics, visit www.hawaiicmf.org.