Symphony lineup spotlights Shimabukuro, Kelsey

Aug. 18, 2014 | 0 Comments



The Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra has announced its lineup for its third season, featuring a Masterworks series that with a tribute to Blaisdell Concert Hall and concludes with a world premiere of an ukulele concerto performed by Jake Shimabukuro.

The 12-program, 14-concert season, includes appearances by Sir Neville Marriner, probably the leading proponent of the chamber orchestra in the last century, and Hawaii’s Quinn Kelsey, whose booming baritone and lively stage presence have propelled him to the world’s top opera stages. Kelsey will appear with his wife, soprano Marjorie Owens, with the orchestra led by Stephen Lord, one of the leading opera conductors in the world.

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The season begins Sept. 13 and 14 with a concert that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Blaisdell Concert Hall. The orchestra will play half the program played on the original opening night: Tchaikovsky’s “Overture-Fantasy to Romeo & Juliet” and “Selections from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’” by Felix Mendelssohn. The local Onium Ballet Project will debut a new work choreographed to Britten “Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes” and Ravel’s exotic “Bolero,” popularized in the film “10,” finishes off the program.

Also on the symphony’s schedule are several outstanding pianists: veteran performer Fabio Bidini, young Russian-American pianist Natasha Paremski, Orien Weiss, and twin piano duo  Christina and Michelle Naughton.

String soloists include Michael Ludwig, son of a violinist of the great Philadelphia Orchestra; award-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich, modern master Jennifer Koh, and cellist Martin Kosower, winner of several cello competitions and a veteran touring and orchestra performer.

The season also features programming that highlights nationalist characteristics within classical music, with programs of French, Spanish and Russian music.

HSO artistic director JoAnn Falletta will conduct two programs, the traditional holiday program of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Oahu Choral Society, and the finale with Shimabukuro playing a concerto by Byron Yasui, one of the most versatile musicians and composers on the islands.

Subscribers should note that the symphony also is relocating its box office from the Hawaii Opera Theatre offices to its Kaimuki office at 3610 Waialae Ave. Tickets for individual concerts are $32 to $90 and will be available through ticketmaster.


Sept. 13 and 14: Stuart Chafetz, conductor; Onium Ballet Project
» Tchaikovsky: Overture-Fantasy to Romeo & Juliet
» Mendelssohn: Selections from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
» Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
» Ravel: Bolero

Oct. 19: Bruno Ferrandis, conductor; Fabio Bidini, piano
» Debussy: Printemps
» Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major
» Satie: Gymnopedies Nos. 1 & 3
» Debussy: La Mer

Nov. 23: David Stewart Wiley, conductor; Christina and Michelle Naughton, pianos
» Beethoven: Symphony No. 6
» Hovahness: Mysterious Mountain (Symphony #2)
» Poulenc: Concerto for two pianos in D Minor

Nov. 30: Andrew Constantine Conductor; Michael Ludwig, violin
» Nielsen: Overture to Maskarade
» Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47
» Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68

Dec. 28 and 30: JoAnn Falletta, conductor; Oahu Choral Society
» Wagner: selections from Act III of Dee Meistersinger
» Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, Choral

Jan. 4: Sir Neville Marriner, conductor; Augustin Hadelich, violin
» Berlioz: Overture to Beatrice and Benedict
» Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
» Mozart: Symphony #41, K.551, “Jupiter”

Jan. 25: Stephen Lord, conductor; Quinn Kelsey, baritone, Marjorie Owens, sopranoa
» Arias and selections by Leoncavallo, Muscagni, Messanet, Verdi and Wagner

March 1: Xian Zhang, conductor; Jennifer Koh, violin
» William Tell Overture
» Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
» Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 17, Little Russian

Mar. 22: Victor Yampolsky, conductor; Natasha Paremski, piano
» Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30
» Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47

May 3: Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor; Mark Kosower, cello
» Revueltas – Homenaje a Federico Garcia Lorca
» Lalo de Falla: Cello Concerto in D Minor
» Lalo de Falla: Three Cornered Hat

May 10: Naoto Otomo, conductor; Orion Weiss, piano
» Akutagawa: Triptyque for String Orchestra
» Mozart: Piano Concerto in C Major, No. 25
» Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra

June 6 and 7: JoAnn Falletta, conductor; Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele
» Byron Yasui: World Premiere Concerto for Ukulele
» Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D Major, “Titan”

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