15 Jul 2016

Kennard Plays Liszt
Featuring Maestro Ward Stare & Pianist Sean Kennard

Sunday, Nov. 13 at 4:00 p.m. | Blaisdell Concert Hall

Sean Kennard is making his triumphant return to Hawaii on this very special program. Born in Hawaii, he is a former student of  the late Ellen Masaki.  He received a Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2004. In his final year at Curtis he won the institute’s Sergei Rachmaninoff Award, given to one graduating pianist each year. He will be performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on a program which also includes Wagner’s Overture to Rienzi, and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5.

The Masaki School of Music requests a donation be made “In Memory of Ellen Masaki” to Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra. A staunch Supporter of the HSO throughout her life, Ellen Masaki held annual fundraisers for the Symphony involving her students, her school and the community. In recognition of your donation, your name will appear as one who remembers Ellen in the Hawai‘i Symphony program. Your donation may be made by phone at 94-MUSIC, or online here. All donations are tax-deductible. Mahalo!

Concert Program

Wagner – Overture to Rienzi
Liszt –
Piano Concerto No. 1
Sibelius – 
Symphony No. 5


Tickets range from $34-$92.
Purchase via Ticketmaster.com, or buy in person at Blaisdell Box Office. These tickets are exclusively available at the Blaisdell Box Office and TicketMaster

$13 student rush tickets and $20 military tickets are available with a valid ID (must purchase in person). Based on availability beginning November 7th 

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Ward Stare, Conductor

American-born conductor Ward Stare has been described as “one of the hottest young conductors in America” by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and “a rising star in the conducting firmament” by the Chicago Tribune. Recently appointed Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Mo. Stare opens their 2014/15 season at Kodak Hall with a special RPO Philharmonics concert featuring guest soloist Midori. His current season includes a number of highly-anticipated debuts with orchestras around the world, including performances with the Baltimore Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, and the New World Symphony. He returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago in November to lead performances of Porgy and Bess.

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Sean Kennard, Piano

Sean Kennard has won top prizes in the Queen Elisabeth Competition (Belgium), the International Music Competition of Viña del Mar (Chile), the Vendome International Piano Competition (Portugal), the Sendai International Music Competition (Japan), the Hilton Head International Piano Competition (USA), the National Chopin Competition, the Iowa Piano Competition, the American Pianists Association, and the International Chopin Competition of the Pacific.

Kennard has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as Japan’s NHK Chamber Orchestra, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, the Sendai Philharmonic, the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Belgique and Orchestre Royal de Chambre in Belgium, the German Chamber Orchestra of Frankfurt am Main, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Maroc, Orquesta Sinfonica de Chile, Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo, Sinfonia Perugina, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and the orchestras of Charleston, Sioux City and Honolulu.



Concert Conversations with the Guest Artists

Ticket-holders are invited to join us for Concert Conversations, starting one hour before each performance in the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Concert Conversations are included with your ticket — don’t miss out!

Sunday, Nov. 13 at 4:00 p.m. | Blaisdell Concert Hall

Tickets from $34

Click here to buy tickets for the Messiah on December 17, 2014

Solo Recital

The Masaki School of Music also presents a special solo recital on November 6, 2016 at the Orvis Auditorium at U.H. Manoa. Sean will play works from Scarlatti, Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, and Mussorgsky. You can get tickets for this event by calling 593-9395 or by emailing masakischoolofmusic@gmail.com

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