10 May 2017

Press Release: Michael Titterton, new HSO President

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HONOLULU – As the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra approaches the conclusion of its fifth season, the organization is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Titterton as President. Titterton is the former President and General Manager of Hawaii Public Radio, a position he held from 1999 until his retirement in 2016. During his tenure at HPR he significantly increased listenership and expanded service to the entire state with two streams of programming. He joined the board of the HSO in October, 2016.

HSO Board Chair Paul Kosasa said “Michael brings a fresh perspective and great experience in building community relationships in Hawaii that will help the new HSO cultivate the support needed to sustain our great orchestra. His primary focus will be to grow our board and increase contributions and sponsorships.”

Executive Director Jonathan Parrish added “I look forward to working with Michael to support and expand the variety of programming that has become the signature of the new HSO. With the help of Artistic Advisor JoAnn Falletta, the orchestra sounds better than ever and we are eager to find new ways to engage and serve our community.”

Titterton will be welcomed and looks forward to meeting community members at this weekend’s Halekulani Masterworks concerts, as well as the free community concert, “Symphony in the Park” in Kailua District Park on Friday, May 12 at 5pm conducted by Ken Lam, Music Director of the Charleston (SC) Symphony Orchestra. The concert is sponsored by Alexander & Baldwin, with additional support from the City and County of Honolulu Grant in Aid, Atherton Family Foundation, Arthur and Mae Orvis Foundation, Cades Foundation, Neiman Marcus Foundation, and Central Pacific Bank Foundation.

The 2017-2018 Halekulani Masterworks Season will be announced next week and subscription renewals are underway. New subscriptions will be available beginning July 1.

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.

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