Symphony ‘Pops’ blasts off with ‘Star Wars’

Feb. 13, 2014 | 0 Comments


The triumphant fanfare of the “Stars Wars” music score will highlight the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra’s first “Pops” concert this spring.

Stuart Chafetz. (Courtesy photo)

Stuart Chafetz. (Courtesy photo)

The symphony, now midway through its second season, announced Thursday that “Star Wars and More: The Best of John Williams,” will be performed March 14 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.

Stuart Chafetz, who was principal timpanist of the old Honolulu Symphony for 20 years and is now a well-regarded conductor, will lead the orchestra. The program will feature music from “Star Wars,” “E.T.,” “Schindler’s List,” “Jaws,” “Harry Potter,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and more.

“This program showcases the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra performing a variety of Williams’ greatest movie scores,” Chafetz said in a statement. “It’s a chance to relive some of the most memorable musical moments in Hollywood history.”

Chafetz has held posts with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Louisville Orchestra. This season, he will lead orchestras in Baltimore, Houston, and Indianapolis, among other cities.

Tickets range from $27 to $71 and go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday at the Blaisdell Box Office, online at or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

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