Distinguished Artists of Hawaii

Helping Others With Bags Of Aloha

In collaboration with Bags of Aloha, HCMF concluded its first season by presenting an exciting night of chamber music featuring two of Hawaii's finest musicians.

For this benefit concert, Hawaii Symphony Concertmaster and University of Hawaii violin faculty Ignace Jang joined forces with Honolulu Chamber Music Series President and University of Hawaii piano faculty Jonathan Korth.

Bags of Aloha is a non-profit organization committed to spreading awareness about homelessness by remembering that everyone has a soul, name, and history. Their mission is to give the homeless a glimpse of 'aloha' with each bag at a time.

HCMF made this event for people to bring charitable donations such as toilet paper, trash bags, soap, granola bar, dental floss, and monetary donations at the door.

In addition to Bags of Aloha's usual activities, they donated items from this event to the Kauai Flood Relief via Malama Kaua'i.

This concert also featured 'Iolani senior Susan Hasegawa (viola) and Hawaii Chamber Music Festival founders Daniel Lucas (cello) and Christopher Yick (bass).

Born to Korean parents in Grenoble, France, Ignace Jang began violin studies at the age of five. Jang attended the Paris Conservatory under the tutelage of Flora Elphege and Gerard Poulet and earned his Artist Diploma at Indiana University under Franco Gulli. His playing has received praise in the United States, Europe, and Asia for its excellent sense of style, impressive musicianship, and uniquely beautiful timbre. This summer, as Program Director, Jang will lead a brand new Solo and String Quartet Program under Hawaii Youth Symphony's Pacific Music Institute.

Jonathan Korth, a native of Iowa, enjoys a multifaceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, collaborator, and teacher. He is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University where he studied with Ann Schein and Boris Slutsky, and StonyBrook University, where he was a student of Gilbert Kalish. Since making his 2002 Carnegie Hall debut at the Weill Recital Hall and joining the faculty of the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa in 2008, Dr. Korth has become an advocate for classical music, performing and lecturing around the world.