Give the Gift of Music

Aloha friends of the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra, 

As we enter a season of gratitude and celebration, the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra’s board members wish to extend our heartfelt mahalo to you – for your continued gifts, attendance and aloha for orchestral music and for bringing your friends and family to enjoy our diverse performances. Our community has been fortunate to receive exceptional artists from around the globe, a demonstration to you, our patrons, and visitors alike, of the multi-cultural magnetism of our island home….DONATE TODAY!

Violin virtuoso Sandy Cameron performing Danny Elfman’s Eleven Eleven.

I have the privilege of attending almost every HSO concert and often sit in what I consider the best seat in the house – a chair placed in the backstage wings that allows me to see and feel up-close just how special and powerful our musicians are. Led by Artistic Advisor JoAnn Falletta, this season features many of my favorite pieces – from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to Beethoven’s inspiring Ode to Joy. We were all filled with pride when our very own Principal Oboe J. Scott Janusch and local Composer Jon Magnussen presented the world orchestral premiere of Nā Kau ‘Elua | The Two Seasons, written especially for Scott and his oboe made of native Hawaiian kauila wood. The other joy of sitting backstage is chatting with our guest conductors and soloists from across the globe, who can’t wait to tell me that the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra is one of the world’s great orchestras and one of the treasures of our stateDONATE TODAY!

HSO Violinist Sheryl Shohet and local keiki at the HSO Instrument Petting Zoo

Later this season you’ll enjoy many of your favorite conductors and soloists who are returning, along with sparkling new discoveries. With each season, and seemingly with each concert, your HSO rises to inspire appreciation in our next generation of audiences and aspiration in our next generation of musicians.

Our exceptional musicians are embedded deeply in the cultural life of Hawai‘i. I may see them up-close and personal backstage at our concerts, but thousands of children and music lovers of all ages have the opportunity to meet our musicians when they teach in our schools, present community and ‘ohana concerts, host instrument petting zoos, and share music with residents on our neighbor islands. Tens of thousands more hear the HSO regularly through our Halekulani Masterworks, Sheraton Waikiki musicthatPOPS, musicthatROCKS, filmsinCONCERT programs, and our performances with our partners at Ballet Hawaii and Hawaii Opera Theatre. Generous donors like you make this engagement possible and are the reason our music builds community.  DONATE TODAY!

Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra musicthatROCKS series featuring Windborne Music and Brody Dolyniuk performing The Music of Queen.

It is our sincere privilege to color your world with music. With your support, your HSO will continue to entertain and inspire creativity and love for music in Hawai‘i. Wishing you and your family peace, joy and the gift of music. 

Paul Kosasa, Chair

Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors