Exhibition: "Musical Instruments: Sounds of the Asia Pacific"
February 24, 2020 - May 17, 2020
8:00am - 5:00pm
This exhibition features Asia Pacific musical instruments from the Ethno musicology Instrument Collection at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. The collection has been acquired over the past 70 years, initially established by Professor Barbara B. Smith, and continues today under the supervision of Professor Ricardo D. Trimillos. This collection is an invaluable resource for the community because the instruments are meant to be utilized rather than to be displayed as museum pieces. Many of the instruments in the collection are used in the various musical ensembles at the university including Indonesian gamelan (traditional ensemble comprised primarily of metallophones and gongs) and Japanese gagaku (ancient court music), as well as Hawaiian and Tahitian dance, koto (Japanese zither), Chinese, Korean, Okinawan, and Philippine ensembles. The collection is comprised of nearly 2,500 instruments from across the globe. This exhibition is dedicated to Professor Barbara B. Smith as part of the year-long celebration of her 100th birthday. Gallery hours are weekdays from 8am-5pm and Sundays from 12pm-4pm. Gallery Admission is free. Gallery closed on Saturdays and February 16, 17, and April 12. Parking is normally free and ample on Sundays. Free school & group tours available.