HAWAI‘I SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES
2015-2016 HALEKULANI MASTERWORKS SEASON
HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra (HSO) today announced its 2015-2016
Halekulani Masterworks Season, which opens Saturday, September 26, featuring Artistic
Advisor JoAnn Falletta and Concertmaster Ignace “Iggy” Jang. The exciting 12-concert
season showcases world-renowned artists including soprano Sumi Jo, violinist Cho-Liang
“Jimmy” Lin, classical guitarist Pablo Villegas, percussionist Collin Currie, and pianists Joyce
Yang, Alexander Kobrin and Olga Kern. All concerts will take place at the Blaisdell Concert
Season Opening: Pines of Rome
Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 27, 4:00 p.m.
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Ignace “Iggy” Jang, violin
• Rossini – Overture to Semiramide
• Piazzolla – Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
• Respighi – Fountains of Rome
• Respighi – Pines of Rome
JoAnn Falletta kicks off the 2015-2016 Halekulani Masterworks season with an Italian-inspired
program, including Rossini’s Overture to Semiramide, and Respighi’s Fountains of Rome and
the famous Pines of Rome. Ignace “Iggy” Jang is featured in Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of
Buenos Aires, a play on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with a tango-esque twist.
Soprano Sumi Jo
Saturday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, 4:00 p.m.
Jorge Mester, conductor
Sumi Jo, soprano
Soprano superstar Sumi Jo makes her Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra premiere. Praised for the remarkable agility, precision and warmth of her voice, and for her outstanding musicianship, the Seoul-born singer has established herself as one of her generation’s most sought-after sopranos. Maestro Jorge Mester, former music director of the Louisville Orchestra and Pasadena Symphony, leads the HSO and Ms. Jo in a program of popular opera favorites, including music by Lehar, Offenbach, and Johann Strauss.
Sunday, Nov. 15, 4:00 p.m.
Scott Yoo, conductor
Pablo Villegas, guitar
• Mozart – Symphony No. 32 in G Major
• Rodrigo – Fantasía para un gentilhombre
• Tárrega – Gran Jota de Concierto
• Shostakovich – Symphony No. 10 in E Minor
Maestro Scott Yoo has led orchestras across the nation, and will make his debut as guest conductor with the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra in this program. The first half features award-winning guitarist Pablo Sainz Villegas—described as “the soul of the Spanish guitar.” The concert concludes with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, one of the composer’s most celebrated symphonies.
Beethoven & Dvořák
Saturday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 22, 4:00 p.m.
Michael Stern, conductor
Alexander Kobrin, Piano
• John Adams – Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra
• Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor
• Dvořák – Symphony No. 7 in D Minor
Maestro Michael Stern returns for a program featuring music by Adams, Beethoven and Dvořák. The concert kicks off with John Adams’s Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra, followed by Beethoven’s Piano Concerto in C Minor featuring Moscow-born pianist Alexander Kobrin, hailed as “the Van Cliburn of today” by the BBC.
Ode to Joy
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m.
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
O‘ahu Choral Society, Esther Yoo, artistic director
• Bach (arr. Schoenberg) – Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major
• Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, “Ode to Joy”
A New Year’s tradition! Maestro JoAnn Falletta leads the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and the O‘ahu Choral Society in a program featuring Bach’s joyous Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major and Beethoven’s famous Symphony No. 9, “Ode to Joy.”
Kholodenko Plays Prokofiev
Sunday, Jan. 10, 4:00 p.m.
Carl St. Clair, conductor
Vadym Kholodenko, piano
• Ticheli – Rest for String Orchestra
• Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major
• Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Pathétique
Winner of the coveted Gold Medal at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Vadym Kholodenko captured the attention of jury, audiences and critics alike for powerful, exhilarating performances that “showed the guts of a true superartist” (San Francisco Classical Voice). The young Ukrainian pianist performs Prokofiev’s thrilling Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, conducted by Pacific Symphony Music Director Carl St. Clair.
Saturday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 31, 4:00 p.m.
David Alan Miller, conductor
Colin Currie, percussion
• Higdon – Percussion Concerto
• Beethoven – Symphony No.2 in D Major
Recognized for his “athletic percussionism, compulsive showmanship and deep musicality” (Guardian), Colin Currie is a solo and chamber artist at the peak of his powers. The Scottish percussionist makes his Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra debut with Higdon’s Percussion Concerto, a piece written for Currie. Leading the orchestra is Grammy Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller, music director of the Albany Symphony Orchestra.
Mozart & Mahler
Saturday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 28, 4:00 p.m.
James Feddeck, conductor
Cho-Liang “Jimmy” Lin, violin
• Mozart – Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major
• Mahler – Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor
Violinist Cho-Liang “Jimmy” Lin is lauded the world over for the eloquence of his playing and for the superb musicianship that marks his performances. Guest conductor James Feddeck, formerly the Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, leads the orchestra and Lin in a program featuring Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major and Mahler’s powerful Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor.
Gardens of Spain
Saturday, Mar. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 13, 4:00 p.m.
Joel Revzen, conductor
Joyce Yang, piano
• Chabrier – España
• de Falla – Nights in the Gardens of Spain
• Ginastera – Danzas Argentinas
• Strauss – Don Juan, Op. 20
• Bizet – Suite No. 2 from Carmen
Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post) and a “wondrous sense of color” (San Francisco Classical Voice), pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism and magnetic stage presence. Maestro Joel Revzen leads this program featuring Chabrier’s celebratory España, Manuel de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain (featuring Yang) and Strauss’s dazzling Don Juan.
Sunday, Mar. 20, 4:00 p.m.
Christopher Seaman, conductor
Tessa Lark, violin
• Britten – Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell
• Saint-Saëns – Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor
• Franck – Symphony in D Minor
Violinist Tessa Lark and British conductor Christopher Seaman make their Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra debuts in a program featuring Britten, Saint-Saëns and Franck. The program opens with Britten’s popular Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell—a piece better known as “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” At only 25, Lark is praised as one of the most captivating artistic voices of her time. She will perform Saint-Saëns’s dramatic Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor.
Otomo Conducts Brahms
Sunday, May 8, 4:00 p.m.
Naoto Otomo, conductor
Soyeon Kate Lee, piano
• Mozart – Overture to La Clemenza di Tito
• Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major
• Brahms – Symphony No. 4 in E Minor
Maestro Naoto Otomo returns to lead the HSO for a third year in a row. Music director of Japan’s Gunma Symphony Orchestra, Otomo leads the orchestra in a lovely Mother’s Day program featuring Mozart and Brahms. Korean-American pianist Soyeon Kate Lee makes her HSO debut performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major. The program concludes with Brahm’s beloved Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, among one of the darkest and deepest pieces written in the 19th century.
Season Finale: From Russia with Love
Saturday, June 11, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 12, 4:00 p.m.
Victor Yampolsky, conductor
Olga Kern, piano
• Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture
• Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-flat Major
• Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat Major
• Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances
We conclude the season with a bang! Literally. This all-Russian program opens with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, famous for its fantastic firing cannons, thundering drums and crashing cymbals. Russian conductor Victor Yampolsky returns for his second year in a row to lead the orchestra in the 1812 Overture, as well as two concertos featuring Moscow-born piano superstar Olga Kern.
Subscriptions: Halekulani Masterworks subscriptions are now available online at hisymphony.org, by calling 808-946-8742 or in person at the HSO box office located at 3610 Waialae Avenue. Subscriptions include the full 12-concert Sunday package, an 8-concert Saturday package and a 6-concert choose your own flex package. Subscribers save as much as 25% off single ticket prices. Single ticket sales begin on Monday, August 17, 2015.
About the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra
The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra was founded in 2011 and made its debut in 2012. The new HSO carries on the legacy of the Honolulu Symphony, which was founded in 1900 and performed for more than a century. The orchestra employs 84 professional musicians and presents classical masterworks, pops, education and community programs.
The mission of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra is to present the highest-quality performances of great music, bringing national and international distinction to the orchestra and its community; to delight and educate audiences of all ages and backgrounds, and enhance the cultural vitality and quality of life in these Islands; and to operate in a financially sound manner. For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.HawaiiSymphonyOrchestra.org.