19 Jul 2016

Ocean Dreams
Featuring Maestro JoAnn Falletta & violinist JinJoo Cho

Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. | Blaisdell Concert Hall
Sunday, April 2 at 4:00 p.m. | Blaisdell Concert Hall

HSO Artistic Advisor JoAnn Falletta will conduct a concert featuring violinist, JinJoo Cho and Hawaiian vocalist, Aaron Mahi in a special program that acknowledges the great power of the Ocean. Kumulipo Reflections, a symphonic tone poem composed by Anders Paulsson, based on the Hawaiian creation chant will make its world premiere at the concert.

Concert Program

Zemlinsky – The Little Mermaid
Mendelssohn –
Violin Concerto
Anders Paulsson –
Kumulipo Reflections (World Premiere)


Tickets range from $34-$92. Purchase online or in person from the HSO Box Office
Purchase via Ticketmaster.com, or buy in person at Blaisdell Box Office.

$13 student rush tickets and $20 military tickets are available with a valid ID (must purchase in person). Based on availability beginning TUESDAY March 28th (closed for Monday holiday)


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JoAnn Falletta, conductor
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Internationally celebrated as a vibrant ambassador for music and an inspiring artistic leader, JoAnn Falletta serves as the Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center.

Her extensive guest conducting history includes over one hundred orchestras in North America, and many of the most prominent orchestras worldwide. North American highlights include the orchestras of Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Seattle, San Diego, and the National Symphony, as well as Montreal and Toronto. Further abroad, she has conducted the London Symphony, Liverpool and Manchester-BBC Philharmonics, Scottish BBC Orchestra, Czech and Rotterdam Philharmonics, Orchestra National de Lyon, Mannheim Orchestra and the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra; and in Asia, the Korean Broadcast Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, China National Symphony and the Shanghai Symphony.

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JinJoo Cho, violinlace front wigs

Critically acclaimed violinist Jinjoo Cho has established herself as one of the most vibrant, engaging and charismatic violinists of her generation. Gold Medalist of the 2014 Ninth Quadrennial International Violin Competition of the Indianapolis, Jinjoo made her first appearance on the international music scene when she garnered the First Grand Prize and Radio Canada’s People’s Choice Award at the 2006 Montreal International Musical Competition at age 17. Times Argus of Montreal proclaimed her performance of Shostakovich Violin Concerto as possessing “an undeniable charisma and depth…with an intense lyricism and heartfelt tenderness that sent shivers up the spine.”

Since then, she has won numerous international awards including the First Prize and Orchestra Award at the Buenos Aires International Violin Competition in 2010, 2nd Laureate at the 2011 Isang Yun International Music Competition, First Grand Prize at the Alice Schoenfeld International String Competition, and the Dorothy DeLay Award at Aspen Music Festival.


Aaron Mahi, oli

Aaron D. Mahi holds the position of Assistant Hawaiian Cultural Specialist for Partners In Development Foundation.  Mr. Mahi is a graduate of the University of Hartford, Hartt School of Music graduating with a B.A. degree in Music Education and entered into graduate studies at the University of Loma Linda, Riverside California where he studied orchestral conducting at the Herbert Bloomstedt Institute of Orchestral Conducting.  Mr. Mahi held the position of Bandmaster of the Royal Hawaiian Band from 1981 to 2005 and associate conductor of the Honolulu Symphony from 1989 to 2009 conducting education, community, and “Pops” concerts.  He served as executive director for Waihona Mele No‘eau, a repository for the preservation of Hawaiian Music of the Princess Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawānanākoa Foundation. He also serves on the advisory board for the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame and  judge of ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i – Hawaiian Language for the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts. Mr. Mahi presently serves on the State of Hawai‘i Land Use Commission, a position he has held since 2014.  Mr. Mahi serves as president of the board of directors of the Ko‘olau Foundation and is 2nd vice president for the Ko‘olau Poko Hawaiian Civic Club.   He maintains Hawai‘i’s choral music traditions as director of the Kamehameha Alumni Men Glee Club and is an active lecturer and arranger of Hawaiian Chorale music presenting lectures and arrangements for the: Kamehameha Schools Annual Song Contest, Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs ‘Aha mele, Pan Pacific Choral Music Festival, Music Educators National Conference in chorale music held in Hawai‘i and the Association of O’ahu College and Community College Choral Festival. Mr. Mahi is a recipient of the Golden Ring of Conducting presented by the Association of German Musicians and the German Cross of Merit by the German government for the promotion of German culture in a country outside of Germany.  Mr. Mahi has served as senior pastor at the Community of Christ Church Makiki since 2005.

Mahalo to our generous sponsor

Support from the John Young Foundation has this concert possible. Their generous funding comes from their efforts to support the arts in this community.

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!

Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. | Blaisdell Concert Hall
Sunday, April 2 at 4:00 p.m. | Blaisdell Concert Hall

Tickets from $34

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