Wouldn't it be nice to show up for a symphony concert next season and be able to drop a clever line during intermission about the inspirations behind this or that composer, or perhaps the musical background of this or that piece?
The University of Hawaii is offering a four-part series of music appreciation classes, each one focusing on a composer to be featured in the Honolulu Symphony's upcoming Masterworks Series.
Lynne Johnson, a doctoral student in musicology, will speak about the composers' lives and musical styles.
Classes run from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, June 8 to 29, in Room 36 of the Music Department. Cost is $45. Call 956-8400 or visit www.outreach.hawaii.edu/summer.
The Ko'olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club is offering scholarships for native Hawaiian students who plan to attend a trade or occupational school or a two- or four-year college.
Applicants must write an essay answering the question, "How would you describe your commitment to the preservation of the native Hawaiian culture?" In lieu of a written essay, students may present a speech of seven to 10 minutes, a photo display or video, a written or verbally presented mele or oli, or an artistic or cultural performance.
Interested students also must complete a 2006 scholarship application form and provide a photocopy of their birth certificate, a copy of their most recent report card (grades must have been received within the last six months) and a letter of acceptance from a college or university.
Interested applicants may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions is June 30.