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loha, my friends. The Hawaiâ€™i Symphony Orchestra and I open the door to an enchanted season of glorious music! What delights are in store for you - this may well be our most thrilling season ever. Many of your favorite pieces are sprinkled throughout, along with some amazing discoveries, including the world premier of a double concerto for pipa and flute written for our orchestra by the great Chinese composer Chen Yi. We will welcome back conductors and soloists you have especially enjoyed in past seasons, and we are delighted to feature our own magnificent harpist Constance Uejio along with the long-awaited appearance of the legendary pianist Lang Lang. The HSO will celebrate Leonard Bernsteinâ€™s 100th birthday and feature world famous conductor Leonard Slatkin in his HSO debut Wondrous music all season long, but what is the magic ingredient? YOU, our beloved audience. Your presence makes every concert special for us. We look forward to seeing you at the symphony! Mahalo! JoAnn Falletta, artistic advisor
OCT 1 SUNDAY 4:00PM
THE NEW WORLD Michael Stern, conductor Fabio Bidini, piano
SHOSTAKOVICH – Festive Overture BRAHMS – Piano Concerto No. 2 DVORAK – Symphony No. 9 From the New World
Maestro Michael Stern, praised for his remarkable artistic ascent as Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony, will lead the HSO in this blockbuster opening of the Halekulani Masterworks Season. Fabio Bidini brings his formidable talent to the stage performing Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 – a quintessential masterpiece.
NOV 11 SATURDAY 7:30PM NOV 12 SUNDAY 4:00PM
HANDEL, BEETHOVEN & SIBELIUS Joseph Swensen, conductor Constance Uejio, harp HANDEL – Harp Concerto No. 4
DEC 10 SUNDAY 4:00PM
JEFF PETERSON & MĀLAMA ‘ĀINA Carl St. Clair, conductor Jeff Peterson, slack key guitar BEETHOVEN – Overture to Egmont
BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 1
JEFF PETERSON – Concerto for Slack Key Guitar and Orchestra, Mālama ‘Āina
SIBELIUS – Symphony No. 1
PROKOFIEV – Symphony No. 5
Joseph Swensen delighted Honolulu audiences as violinist and conductor last season and returns in a special program that showcases the talent and angelic sounds of our own Principal Harpist, Constance Uejio. Experience the rich Nordic landscape of Sibelius and the early genius of Beethoven.
Jeff Peterson is an artist who lives in the heart of Hawaii’s music scene. He has been honored with eight Na Hoku Awards and contributed to more than one Grammy award-winning project. The Hawaii premiere of his Concerto for Slack Key Guitar and Orchestra promises to be a highlight of the season. Beethoven’s Overture to Egmont and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 will add texture and brilliance to this unique Masterworks event.
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JAN 7 SUNDAY 4:00PM
EASTERN LIGHT JoAnn Falletta, conductor Gao Hong, pipa Linda Chatterton, flute
DEC 28 THURSDAY 7:30PM • DEC 29 FRIDAY 7:30PM
ODE TO JOY JoAnn Falletta, conductor
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS – Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 9 Choral
HSO’s Artistic Advisor, JoAnn Falletta, conducts this annual celebration of joy and unity during the holiday season. We invite you to make this concert part of your holiday traditions celebrating family, friends, and life. Experience the exuberance, triumph, and sheer pleasure that is unleashed by choir and orchestra performing Beethoven’s masterpiece.
JAN 27 SATURDAY 7:30PM JAN 28 SUNDAY 4:00PM
BERNSTEIN’S 100TH BIRTHDAY Keith Lockhart, conductor Robert McDuffie, violin
GRIFFES – The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan
COPLAND – Suite from The Tender Land
CHEN YI – Concerto for Flute & Pipa (World Premiere)
BERNSTEIN – Serenade after Plato’s “Symposium”
STRAVINSKY – Song of the Nightingale
BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 8
BORODIN – Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
Critically-acclaimed conductor, Keith Lockhart has led the Boston Pops for two decades and is in his seventh season as Principal Conductor for the BBC Concert Orchestra. In his HSO debut, he will lead a program that celebrates Leonard Bernstein’s 100th anniversary year and his remarkable passion and genius.
Chen Yi’s Concerto for Flute & Pipa will receive its World Premiere on this program that is imbued with Eastern influences. Griffes “Pleasure Dome” is filled with dynamic change and vivid musical landscapes. Stravinsky and Borodin build on the rich tapestry of color and light that rises in the east.
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FEB 18 SUNDAY 4:00PM
LANG LANG! JoAnn Falletta, conductor Lang Lang, piano MUSSORGSKY ARR. RAVEL – Pictures at an Exhibition BEETHOVEN – Piano Concerto No. 3
Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is ear candy for the Concert Hall and continues to delight both seasoned and new audiences. Piano superstar, Lang Lang, will bring his legendary talent and energy to the stage when he performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3. Join us as we celebrate Chinese New Year with this amazing artist. Please note that single ticket pricing has been adjusted for this concert.
MAR 11 SUNDAY 4:00PM
RHAPSODY IN BLUE Victor Yampolsky, conductor Sara Davis Buechner, piano
MAR 17 SATURDAY 7:30PM MAR 18 SUNDAY 4:00PM
BARBER – Essay No. 2
Laura Jackson, conductor Esther Yoo, violin
GERSHWIN – Rhapsody in Blue
TCHAIKOVSKY – Suite from Swan Lake
GERSHWIN – I Got Rhythm Variations
GLAZUNOV – Violin Concerto
MENDELSSOHN – Symphony No. 3 Scottish
STRAVINSKY – Petrushka (1947)
Audience favorite, Victor Yampolsky, makes his third HSO appearance with this stunning program. “I Got Rhythm” Variations was Gershwin’s last concert piece and is filled with lighthearted magic. Sara Davis Buechner will perform this and the popular Rhapsody in Blue. Add a touch of Mendelssohn and we have a recipe for a truly extraordinary program.
Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, and Stravinsky are three glittering composers who have moved dancers across the stage for millions of ballet fans. The program begins with Tchaikovsky’s hauntingly beautiful Swan Lake Suite. Then violin sensation, Esther Yoo, makes her Hawaii debut performing Glazunov’s high-spirited concerto. Stravinsky’s Petrouchka, filled with color and movement, is the perfect finish for this moving concert.
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JUNE 9 SATURDAY 7:30PM JUNE 10 SUNDAY 4:00PM
TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR WITH OLGA KERN APR 28 SATURDAY 7:30PM APR 29 SUNDAY 4:00PM
THE DEBUTS OF SLATKIN & VÄHÄLÄ
MAY 13 SUNDAY 4:00PM
GERMAN TREASURES Naoto Otomo, conductor Philippe Bianconi, piano
Leonard Slatkin, conductor Elina Vähälä, violin
MOZART – Overture to La Clemenza di Tito
CINDY MCTEE – Finish Line
BRAHMS – Variations on a theme of Joseph Haydn
SIBELIUS – Violin Concerto
WAGNER – Prelude to Die Meistersinger
BRAHMS – Symphony No. 2
Maestro Naoto Otomo returns to conduct the orchestra once again and will be joined by acclaimed pianist, Philippe Bianconi. Bianconi will perform Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor in a program that also includes jewels by Mozart, Brahms and Wagner.
Internationally acclaimed conductor, Leonard Slatkin, will guide audiences through a powerful program that pairs Finland’s Elina Vähälä with Finnish master composer, Jean Sibelius. The Violin Concerto is filled with rich textures that evoke a Nordic spirit and showcase the violinist’s precision and skill. The glorious Symphony No.2 by Brahms rounds out this Masterworks offering.
SCHUMANN – Piano Concerto
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Carlos Prieto, conductor Olga Kern, piano Tchaikovsky – Waltz from Eugene Onegin Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1 Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5
The Season finale brings drama, excitement, and Tchaikovsky. The Russian composer’s Symphony No.5 is filled with emotion and tension that bursts forth in the very last movement. Olga Kern performs Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor. The finale offers Olga the brilliant virtuosic opportunity that ends with absolute pyrotechnics.
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If enjoying a live performance by 84 of the finest musicians in the Pacific while sipping your favorite beverage sounds good to you, Symphony Saturdays are for you! For Saturday Masterworks (and all pops concerts) beverages are allowed in the hall. Sip away your Saturday! Beverages are prohibited in the hall for Sunday Masterworks.
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