The Hawaii Chamber Music Competition’s on-line concert events mix music, meals, and charity

June 6 – Enjoy exquisite chamber music, indulge in gourmet food, and support local charities for children and young musicians with online concerts at the Hawaii Chamber Music Festival.

Organized by bassist Chris Yick of the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra, the festival will stream three concerts in mid-June – a “Songs of Healing” concert on June 15 with internationally renowned young clarinetist Yoonah Kim; a concert on June 18 with piano professor Tommy Yee of the University of Hawaii at Manoa; and a “Happy Belated Beethoven” concert on June 19 with the celebrated violinist Stefan Jackiw making his Hawaiian debut.

To spice up the music on the screen, gourmet food will be offered for delivery or collection for two of the concerts. For the concert on June 15th, Chef Chai Chaowasaree will prepare a surf and turf menu for two. For the concert on June 18th, large or small charcuterie boards will be offered by the caterer Wild and Whim Hawaii. Food is limited so order early.

The concerts serve as a virtual benefit to three charities that serve children and their families, including the Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation. “COVID has been the Achilles heel of many fundraisers, and this is replacing that,” said Yick, a graduate of the ‘Iolani School.

Yicks Festival also sponsors lessons for 20 selected young string musicians who study with Jackiw and other local professionals for free. Students can also create a professional-quality video suitable for auditioning and college applications. “It gives the kids an opportunity to take part in a mini music video shoot,” said Yick.

The cost is $ 25 per concert, with food between $ 85 and $ 250. Visit for tickets and details.

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