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The Cure Tour 2016 Comes To Blaisdell Arena

Live Nation & BAMP Project present
THE CURE Tour 2016
Saturday, July 16th
Blaisdell Arena

THE CURE TOUR 2016” will present Robert Smith (voice/guitar), Simon Gallup (bass), Jason Cooper (drums), Roger O’Donnell (keys) and Reeves Gabrels (guitar) as they explore 37 years of Cure songs, mixing hits, rarities, favorites and as yet unreleased tracks in a brand new stage production that promises to be the ‘must see’ show of the year!

Tickets on sale this Friday at 10am at: / / / Ticketmaster Outlets including the Blaisdell Box Office  / Walmart stores on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island / Charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

LINEUP UPDATE: BAMP Project presents Lee Brice now with Jerrod Niemann


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HONOLULU, HI — (Friday, January 29th 2015 ) – BAMP Project and Country 97.5 present Lee Brice performing live in Honolulu at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, Saturday, March 5th, 2016 now with Jerrod Niemann replacing originally scheduled Tyler Farr. Tickets are on sale now at the locations listed below. This is an all ages event.

Due to microlaryngeal surgery, Tyler Farr is on immediate vocal rest and will not be appearing with Lee Brice at the Blaisdell Concert Hall on March 5th.  In his place, Jerrod Niemann will now be performing. Click here for the original statement from Columbia Nashville on Tyler Farr’s condition. 

Lee Brice:
After a successful sold out show at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in 2014, Lee Brice is back! Lee Brice is a craftsman, the kind whose boundless desire to hone his skills and relentless pursuit of perfection are matched only by his humility about the entire process. His new album, I Don’t Dance, is a showcase for his painstaking approach to writing and recording, with his distinctive fingerprints clearly emblazoned on every element of the album. Brice is known for his chart topping Nashville inspired hit songs, and most recently, his show-stopping performance on the 2014 Academy of Country Music telecast, where he also won “Song of the Year.” His recent success is nothing new. He released his debut album, Love Like Crazy, in 2009 and the title track jumped to #3 on the Billboard Country chart and set a record as the longest charting song in that chart’s history. His followup album, Hard 2 Love, released in 2012, featured three #1 Country singles and was certified Gold. The album also earned Brice both CMA and ACM Awards. Brice continues to pursue perfection in the writing and recording of his music, and his live performances, and enjoys positive reception from critics and fans alike.

Jerrod Niemann:
Recording artist and Nashville hitmaker Jerrod Niemann is adding the finishing touches to his upcoming album, produced by Niemann with Jimmie Lee Sloas which will follow his RIAA Gold-certified multi-week No. 1 smash, “Drink to That All Night,” from his High Noon album. Niemann co-wrote eight of the 13 tracks on High Noon, the follow-up to his acclaimed, musically adventurous 2012 release, Free the Music.  Niemann’s chart-topping major-label debut, 2010’s Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, produced the No. 1 smash and RIAA-certified Platinum digital single, “Lover, Lover,” and the Top 5 and RIAA-certified Gold digital single, “What Do You Want.” His sophomore release, Free The Music, hit shelves last year and featured the Top 15 single “Shinin’ On Me” and the poignant ballad “Only God Could Love You More.” Niemann has quickly become a fan and industry favorite, earning award nominations from the ACM, CMA, CMT and the American Country Awards, while headlining his own shows and touring with such artists as Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban. visit

Details on the Show:
WhereNeal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall 777 Ward Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96814
When:  Saturday, March 5th, 2016
Hall:     6:30pm (All ages)
Show:  7:30pm (All ages)
Prices: $69.50 in advance plus applicable fees, increase day of the show plus applicable fees
$59.50 in advance plus applicable fees, increase day of the show plus applicable fees
$49.50 in advance plus applicable fees, increase day of the show plus applicable fees

Tickets available at: / / Ticketmaster outlets including the Blaisdell Box Office  / Walmart stores on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island / Charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

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Island Favorite Ten-time GRAMMY Award-winning Guitarist Returns to Hawaii

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Island Favorite Ten-time GRAMMY Award-winning Guitarist Returns to Hawaii


Legendary guitarist CARLOS SANTANA returns to Hawaii for the first time since standing-room-only shows of 2013, Thursday, March 3, 2016 at the Blaisdell Arena. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, December 5.

There is much aloha for CARLOS SANTANA in Hawaii. Of course, the iconic sound of SANTANA’s guitar is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures, however, equally as relevant to his island fans is the fact that throughout his impressive career SANTANA has been the visionary force behind creativity that transcends musical genres and generational, cultural, and geographical boundaries. His artistry is a captivating melting pot that reflects the island culture that is Hawaii.

Since SANTANA’S last performance in Hawaii he released an album called “Corazon.” Produced by Lester Mendez in 2014, the album features collaborations with various singers like Gloria Estefan, Ziggy Marley and Cindy Blackman.

SANTANA’S first Top 10 hit, “Evil Ways,” stayed on Billboard’s chart for two years and was soon followed by two more classics — and Billboard #1 albums — Abraxas (“Oye Como Va”, “Black Magic Woman”) and Santana III (“No One to Depend On”, “Everybody’s Everything.”) To date, Santana has won 10 GRAMMY® Awards, including a record-tying nine for a single project, with 1999’s blockbuster Supernatural (“Smooth”, “Maria, Maria”, “Wishing It Was”) which featured many tracks co-written by guest stars such as Rob Thomas of matchbox 20, Eric Clapton, Lauryn Hill, and others.

In 1998, the group was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, whose website notes, “Guitarist Carlos Santana is one of rock’s true virtuosos and guiding lights.” Among many other honors, CARLOS SANTANA received Billboard Latin Music Awards’ 2009 Lifetime Achievement Honor, and he was bestowed Billboard’s Century Award in 1996. He has also been cited by Rolling Stone as #15 on the magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”—“Santana’s crystalline tone and clean arcing sustain make him the rare instrumentalist who can be identified in just one note.” And, with the 2010 release of Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time, SANTANA joined The Rolling Stones as one of only two music acts in Billboard history to score at least one Top Ten album in each decade from the 1960s on.

Presented by Marek Lieberberg in association with Ron Gibson Entertainment.

Where: Blaisdell Arena
When: Thursday, March 3, 2016 Doors: 7:00 PM Show: 8:00 PM
Prices: $59.00, $79.00, $99.00, and $149.00
Available: Tickets on-sale Saturday, December 5, at 9:00 AM at the Blaisdell Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets including Walmart, online at, and Charge-By-Phone call toll free @ 1-800-745-3000. Service fee may apply.

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Above & Beyond To Perform Acoustic Headlining Shows




Electronic supergroup ABOVE & BEYOND have shared details of their highly anticipated 2016 acoustic album and tour. The album is set for release in the spring of 2016 and will be supported by a tour across three continents encompassing plays in some of the most prestigious music venues in the world, including the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Sydney Opera House and London’s Royal Albert Hall, with further stops planned at The Chicago Theatre, Massey Hall in Toronto, The Wang in Boston, New York’s Beacon Theatre, Berkeley, CA’s Greek Theatre and Waikiki Shell in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Confirmed dates and venues follow below.

ABOVE & BEYOND commented, “We had so much fun doing the first run of acoustic shows and it was really the reaction from our fans that convinced us to tour it more extensively.  We’ve ticked some pretty impressive venue boxes with this tour–somebody pinch us!” 

In their most recent promo video available at, ABOVE & BEYONDJono Grant, Tony McGuinness, Paavo Siljamäki–teased new material from the forthcoming acoustic album with a downtempo interpretation of festival anthem “Hello.” The new album–simply titled Acoustic II–is a follow-up to the iTunes dance chart-topping 2014 album Acoustic and will once again be produced in collaboration with producer Bob Bradley.

Acoustic II will feature lush new arrangements of some of the biggest hits from ABOVE & BEYOND’s Billboard Dance Chart-topping LP We Are All We Need, as well as some of the most popular ABOVE & BEYOND hits from years gone by, including “Alchemy” and “No One On Earth.”

ABOVE & BEYOND’s acoustic project began in 2013 with a short run of shows including London’s Porchester Hall and a two-night sold out run at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre.  With Paavo Siljamäki on grand piano, Jono Grant on Rhodes and Tony McGuinness on guitars and vocals, the trio performed as part of a 15-piece band alongside vocalists Zoë Johnston, Annie Drury and Alex Vargas for what Billboard magazine described as “…one of the finest shows in dance music history.” 

Fans can pre-order the Acoustic II CD from now.

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Thu5/5LondonRoyal Albert Hall
Weds5/11ChicagoChicago Theatre
Sat5/14TorontoMassey Hall
Tues5/17BostonThe Wang
Fri5/20New YorkBeacon Theatre
Sat5/21New YorkBeacon Theatre
Thu5/26Berkeley, CAGreek Theatre
Sat5/28Los AngelesHollywood Bowl
Tues5/31HonoluluWaikiki Shell
Mon6/6SydneySydney Opera House **
** On sale January 2016

About Above & Beyond      
Over their four critically-acclaimed studio albums, along with their acoustic project, Above & Beyond have continually been celebrated for placing real musicianship and songwriting at the heart of what they do. While their famed club mixes have resonated with the dance generation, the songs behind them have touched fans of all ages across the globe. As influenced as much by Jeff Buckley or Bon Iver as they are by their deep love of electronic music, Above & Beyond’s songs and lyrics have been sung back to them at the world’s biggest stadiums and stages – from Alexandra Palace, to Madison Square Garden, to LA’s Forum, to their famed one million people gig at Barra Beach in Rio de Janeiro in 2007.

Hillsong United Brings Empires Tour with Special Guests Rend Collective to North America February 2016


(High Point N.C.) November 13, 2015 – Australian-based worship group Hillsong UNITED brings their Empires Tour to North America February 2016 with special guests Rend Collective. The 11-city tour kicks off in Sunrise, Fla. on February 11, with stops across the country before wrapping in Honolulu, Hawaii.

“We haven’t really done our own thing in the USA since WelcomeZion 2013, so we are super excited to be bringing the EMPIRES tour to the states,” said Joel Houston of Hillsong UNITED.  “We write songs to be sung with people – they are always for the people – so when we get to sing these songs with people on the road, it is the purpose of why we do what we do! We can’t wait to worship with people singing all the new EMPIRES songs as well as everyone’s favorites.”

Empires Tour dates:

Date                    Location/Venue
2/11/16                Sunrise, FL | BB&T Center
2/12/16                Orlando, FL | CFE Arena
2/13/16                Tampa, FL | USF Sun Dome
2/15/16                New Orleans, LA | Smoothie King Center
2/16/16                Memphis, TN | FedExForum
2/18/16                Austin, TX | Cedar Park Center
2/19/16                Dallas, TX | American Airlines Center
2/20/16                Lubbock, TX | United Supermarkets Arena
2/22/16                Glendale, AZ | Gila River Arena
2/23/16                Ontario, CA | Citizens Business Bank Arena
2/26/16                Honolulu, HI | Neal Blaisdell Arena

For more information on the tour, please visit:

The Australian-based UNITED has a long history of sold-out shows in the United States. During their 2013 “WELCOMEZION” Tour, they surpassed 15,000 in attendance at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and brought their tour to a sold-out audience at Red Rocks in Denver. The tour was one of the top attended Christian tours of 2013 with nearly 80,000 people in attendance. The touring entity of UNITED has made a huge wave in the States as they became the first Christian artist to ever sell out Los Angeles’ Staples Center. In addition to the Staples Center, UNITED has also sold out major venues in Seattle (ShoWare Center), New York (Hammerstein Ballroom), Atlanta (Gwinnett Center), Miami (BankUnited Center), Dallas (Music Hall) and two back-to-back sold out events in Boston (Orpheum Theatre). UNITED also holds the record for largest attendance ever in the Sears Centre Arena (Chicago, IL), outdrawing concerts there by such legendary performers as Billy Joel, Elton John and the Eagles. Since 2006, UNITED has toured six continents and 42 nations.

About Hillsong UNITED: UNITED is a worship band that originally rose out of the youth ministry of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia. This worship band is a global recording and touring entity sent out to share the ever-evolving worship music of Hillsong Church to an international audience through live performances and records. UNITED desires to see a generation across the earth awakened to real love, rising up with hearts as one and finding value in the broken, hurting and lost connecting with Jesus.



National Tour of The Book of Mormon To Play Strictly Limited 3-Week Engagement at the Blaisdell

APRIL 13 – MAY 1, 2016

The national tour of THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards® including best musical, will play a strictly limited 3-week engagement from Wednesday, April 13 through Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu.

Single ticket prices start at $37 (service fees may apply). Additional information on single tickets will be announced at a later date.

Tickets are now available to groups. Group orders of ten (ten) or more tickets may be placed by calling 808.593.9468 or in person at the Hawaii Opera Theatre Box Office at 848 Beretania Street, Suite 303 in Honolulu.

THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is a co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.

THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

THE BOOK OF MORMON features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus. Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus, The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.

The Hawaii engagement of THE BOOK OF MORMON is presented by agreement with WestCoast Entertainment.

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Bill Maher Returns To Hawaii With Special Guests David Spade & Jeff Ross


Special Kama’aina pre-sale tickets available for Hawaii residents onlyBill NYE 2015
this Thursday, October 8th at 10:00 A.M. HST

Tickets on sale to general public starting Friday, October 16th at 10:00 A.M. HST

For the fifth year in a row, Bill Maher will be ringing in the New Year once again in the Hawaiian Islands featuring his biggest shows yet with New Year’s MAHERMEGGEDON: An evening of Comedy with Bill Maher and Special Guests David Spade & Jeff Ross. Performances will be New Year’s Eve at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu and New Year’s Day at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Making the celebration bigger than ever before, the legendary comedian and host of HBO’s Real Time will welcome David Spade and Jeff Ross to the party for the first time ever. After sold-out shows for the past four years, Maher continues to make good on his promise to be the “Don Ho of New Year’s.”

Special Kama’aina pre-sale tickets to both shows will go on sale for Hawaii residents only this Thursday, October 8th at 10:00 A.M. HST. Additional pre-sales will begin Friday, October 9th at 10:00 A.M. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, October 16th at 10:00 A.M. HST.

As the U.S. rings in a Presidential election year, Maher will surely have plenty of material to draw from and there’s no telling what he will say. For over 20 years, Maher, who began his career as a stand-up comedian and still performs sold-out dates across the country, has never held back and set the boundaries of where funny and political talk can go on American television. First onPolitically Incorrect (Comedy Central, ABC, 1993-2002) and for the last 10 years on HBO’s Real Time, Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs has earned him 34 Emmy nominations; winning his first in 2014 as the Executive Producer for HBO’s Vice. In 2008, he wrote and starred in Religulous directed by Larry Charles (Borat). The documentary about religions around the world went on to become the eighth highest grossing documentary ever.

Adding to this New Year’s extravaganza will be Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor and comedian David Spade. The Saturday Night Live alum became a household name for role as Dennis Finch, the wise-cracking, power-hungry assistant on NBC’s Just Shoot Me. Most recently, he was seen starring in Grown Up’s 2 with Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Kevin James. Spade was also part of the final season of the CBS comedy Rules of Engagement and last year he was heard as the voice of ‘Griffin invisible man’ in the animated film Hotel Transylvania.

Jeff Ross, known as “The Roastmaster General” for his hilarious and bold celebrity roasts, will also take the stage. This past summer Comedy Central aired his most recent special, Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals: Live From Brazos County Jail. It was perhaps his most dangerous roast ever. Additionally, he was recently seen on the big screen in Jeremy Garrelick’s The Wedding Ringer with Kevin Hart and Josh Gad and in Flock of Dudes with Chris D’Elia. His writing credits include the screenplay The Comedian (co-written with Art Linson) and the book, I Only Roast The Ones I Love.

Fans can expect the unexpected when it comes to Maher’s New Year’s extravaganza. In 2013, Academy Award-winner Sean Penn and Director Michael Moore made a surprise appearance to introduce Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, who wowed the crowd with a surprise acoustic set. This year, David Spade and Jeff Ross will only add to the Mahermageddon hysteria. No matter what happens, one thing is for certain: The Islands are the place to be to welcome in 2016.

“I think everybody wants to be in Hawaii in December,” Maher said. “That was my plan all year; get my ass booked there for New Year’s!”

**This show may include mature subject matter.

General Ticket Information
Tickets for Bill Maher, December 31st at 7:30 P.M. the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall are $95.50, $65.50, and $45.50 plus service fees. Tickets will be available at and in-person at the venue box office (Monday – Saturday, 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.) or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. Neal S. Blaisdell Arena address: 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu, HI 96814

Hawaii Opera Theatre Announces the 2015-16 Opera Season

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Hawaii Opera Theatre (HOT), the Islands’ only major operatic company, announces the 2015-2016 Opera Season, themed Things Are Not As They Seem.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s eternally popular and entertaining HOT Seasontale of love, The Magic Flute, opens the season on October 9, 11 & 13. Metropolitan Opera Stage Director Daniel Rigazzi created this new and innovative production, which follows the love-struck Tamino on his quest to rescue the lovely princess, Pamina. Accompanied by an affable bird-catcher, Papageno, and possessing a mystical flute, Tamino must brave several trials, certain to reveal far more than simple matters of the heart. Set in a fictitious Egypt, this fairy-tale sings of the classic struggle between good and evil, the power of music, and the pursuit of noble virtues. Originally debuting in September of 1791, Mozart’s final opera continues to captivate opera goers of all ages with its elegant balance of mystery and whimsy, and stunning music.

The magic continues February 12, 14, & 16, 2016 with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Benjamin Britten’s inventive interpretation of Shakespeare’s comic play. Set in dual locations, a mythical Athens, and an enchanted forest, this playful fantasy explores three very different realms – that of the fairies, of the nobility, and of the working class. When the Fairy King, Oberon, introduces a magic flower to the land, madness ensues as unlikely romances blossom. Originally debuting in June of 1960 at the Aldeburgh Festival, Britten gave new life to a charming classic. This production will be under the stage direction of HOT’s award-winning Artistic Director, Henry Akina, marking his 20th year with the company.

The season concludes with Giuseppe Verdi’s epic masterpiece Il Trovatore. Set in the Spanish Middle Ages, this is a complex story of love and revenge. When her mother is unjustly sentenced to death, Azucena knows only vengeance. Meanwhile, star-crossed lovers Manrico and Leonora defend their union in this exciting story of mistaken identity. Originally premiering in January of 1853 at the Teatro Apollo, this production is elevated by intense passion and drama.

HOT is known for bringing some of the world’s finest voices to the Honolulu. Making her HOT debut this season, So Young Park stars as the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute. Park will be ready for the role as she stars in this Summer’s acclaimed Glimmerglass Festival’s production of the opera in New York. Last season’s breakout stars Rachel Schutz (Papagena, The Magic Flute) and Kyle Erdos-Knapp (Flute, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) take the stage once again this season joined by Metropolitan opera talent and HOT favorites Jamie Offenbach (Theseus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Michael Chioldi (Count di Luna, Il Trovatore). Curt Olds (Papageno, The Magic Flute) and Victoria Livengood (Azucena, Il Trovatore) also make their return to Honolulu. Olds and Livengood thrilled audiences during 2014’s modern take on The Mikado.

Join us on this enchanting journey through three fantastical tales. Subscribe today by contacting the HOT Box Office at (808) 596-7858. From now through Oct. 1, 2015, New Season Subscribers can receive a special Buy 2, Get 1 Free discount.

Last Comic Standing Live Tour Coming To Hawaii

Friday, Dec. 11 – Blaisdell Concert Hall

Tickets on sale THIS FRIDAY

America’s favorite summer obsession and NBC’s top-rated, Emmy Award-nominated comedy competition show, “Last Comic Standing,” will bring its live tour featuring this year’s winner and top finalists to Hawaii!

Watch the show on KHNL (NBC) at 9:00pm Wednesday nights…then see the funniest new comedy stars in America LIVE at the Blaisdell Concert Hall on Friday, Dec. 11th.

“Last Comic Standing” began the season with 100 of the top comics in the country, who were chosen to audition for forty available slots by invitation only. The top five contestants, as picked by comedy icons and competition judges Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Norm Macdonald during the grand finale, will travel the U.S. on the extremely funny and highly entertaining national tour.

Friday, Dec. 11 – Blaisdell Concert Hall

Friday, Dec. 11 at 8:00pm – Blaisdell Concert Hall
Reserved at $35, $45, $55, $65 – on sale this Friday from 9am at Blaisdell Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets including Walmart, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at

A special VIP package is available for each show that includes the best seats in the house, a pre-show Meet & Greet and photograph with the comics, an exclusive Q&A session and more. Go online to for ordering and details this Friday!

A nominal service charge may apply to ticket sales.

Hawaii 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.

Guitar Hero
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.

Drumroll, Please
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.

French Romance
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.

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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