Our guests on this week’s podcast are Maestro Brian Dollinger, Brother Noland, and Hal Glatzer.
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In 2016, Maestro Brian Dollinger was appointed the Artistic Director & Conductor for the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra. When here on Hawai‘i Island, Maestro Dollinger makes it a point to work with young musicians in their school environments. He has spent countless hours with music students all across the island as well as with young elementary school students. Dollinger talks about the upcoming Madeline Schatz-Harris Youth Concerto Competition. To enter, visit the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra website at kamuelaphil.org
Born and raised in Kalihi-Palama on the island of O’ahu, Brother Noland is most famous for his original song “Coconut Girl,” which birthed the “Jawaiian” contemporary style (fusion of Hawaiian & Reggae) music. He has won numerous Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards including Best Reggae Album and his music is featured in several movies including “Pineapple Express” and “Snakes in the Plane.” We caught up with him at the Kahilu Theatre while recording a performance for the 18th Annual ‘Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Fest.
Hal Glatzer is a member of the Tin Pan Alleycats, a five-piece dance-band based in Hilo, with a repertoire drawn from the Great American Songbook. He can also sing a few French songs, and for four years in Hawaii, he was in a “gypsy jazz” band called Le Hot Club de Hilo. Hal has gone three times to the annual Festival Django Reinhardt, in France, where he has jammed with many European musicians, and later appeared with them on stage in Gent, Lyon, and Amsterdam. Glatzer talks about performing on the Kahilu Theatre’s new online platform Kahilu TV.
Music: “The Four Seasons: Spring,” “Coconut Girl,” and “A Lover of the Orchid Isle.”
Photos: Elice Moore and Steve Roby.