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‘Imiloa Presents: Kona Harp Ensemble

by Brea Aamoth on March 25th, 2015

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center presents the Kona Harp Ensemble on Sunday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m. Kona Harp Ensemble’s unique sound of three harps, various traditional flutes, a synth and percussion will take you on a musical journey around the world. Enjoy music by Vivaldi, Beethovan, Pachebel, O’Carollan, Jimmy Page, as well as Hawaiian music and original compositions beautifully set by the backdrop of ‘Imiloa’s night sky. Experience the beautiful music of this diverse and talented five-member ensemble as they converge on one stage for a rare afternoon concert.

Bernice RobertoBernice Roberto is a professional harpist, music teacher and private instructor. She began studying harp with Francis Duffy of the Pittsburgh symphony. Roberto is also a composer, songwriter and vocalist and performs regularly at The Four Seasons Resort, Hilton and Sheraton Hotels. She and husband Manuel share a love for music and have recorded several CDs.

Motter SnellMotter Snell is a professional harpist and has performed with the Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and Seattle Opera. She was the principal harpist with the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra for eight years and Tacoma Symphony Orchestra for ten years. She is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Music and has been president of the Musicians Association of Seattle since 2001.

IrminsulIrminsul is a Celtic Harpist, pianist and composer. He has traveled with all sorts of acts from heavy metal to neoCeltic and he has written for piano, strings, woodwinds, mixed ensembles and orchestras. He was the youngest church organist at age fourteen and has won several music composition awards.

Manuel RobertoManuel Roberto is a World Music flautist. He is a master of the wooden and bamboo bass flutes including the Bansuri, Shakuhachi and Native American flutes. He has studied with some of the greatest musicians in the world including GS Sachdev, Zakir Hussain and Pandit Jasraj and has composed music for theatre and television as well.

Jean Pierre ThomaJean Pierre Thoma is a world traveled musician and educator. He performs on flute, saxophone and clarinet. Besides completing a Bachelors and Masters degree in music, he has performed in Europe, Japan, India and Africa. Thoma currently teaches at the Pacific Academy of Music here in Hilo.

Tickets for this event are $15 for members and $20 for non-members and can be purchased by visiting ‘Imiloa’s front desk or by calling (808) 969-9703.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is a world-class informal science education center located on the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus. ‘Imiloa is a place of life-long learning where the power of Hawai‘i’s cultural traditions, its legacy of exploration and the wonders of astronomy come together to provide inspiration and hope for generations. The Center’s interactive exhibits, 3D full dome planetarium, native landscape, and programs and events engage children, families, visitors and the local community in the wonders of science and technology found in Hawai‘i. It is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). For more information, visit the website at

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