Handel, Beethoven & Sibelius

Joseph Swensen delighted Honolulu audiences as violinist and conductor last season and returns in a special program that highlights the talent and angelic sounds of our own principal harpist, Constance Uejio. Experience the rich Nordic landscape of Sibelius and the early genius of Beethoven, led by Maestro Joseph Swensen.

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The Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra (HSO) presents the second Halekulani Masterworks concert in its 2017-2018 season with Handel’s Harp Concert Op. 4 No. 6, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 and Sibelius Symphony No. 1 on Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12.

Handel’s Harp Concerto Op.4 No. 6 is a staple of the harp repertoire and a great audience favorite. Handel’s magical writing allows the delicate solo instrument to remain the focus, without the least bit of overpowering from the orchestra. This piece features HSO Principal Harpist Constance Uejio.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 was completed and premiered on April 2, 1800, and it’s apparent from Beethoven’s sketches that he had worked on this First Symphony for several years beforehand. To a listener who knows the Eroica, Pastorale, and Choral symphonies, Beethoven’s First sounds traditional, almost conservative.

One of Finland’s most important composers, Jean Sibelius, premiered the First Symphony in April 1899. A brilliant use of modal scales in conjunction with his home tonality of E minor, Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 holds his listener’s attention by means of colorful orchestration, powerful dramatic impulse, and a warm lyricism that makes this symphony speak in personal terms to each of us.

Tickets: Tickets range from $34 to $92 and are available online, at the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra Box Office or through the Blaisdell box office.

Student & Military Discounts: $15 student rush tickets and $20 active-duty military tickets are available beginning Monday, November 6, with a valid ID (must purchase in person).