Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet
Featuring Maestro Kenneth Lam & violinist Sayaka Shoji

Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. | Blaisdell Concert Hall
Sunday, May 14 at 4:00 p.m. | Blaisdell Concert Hall

Love is in the air for Mother’s Day weekend. Definitely becoming a Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra tradition, we’re back with another offering for music fans and moms alike. The talented Sayaka Shoji is the guest artist on a program featuring Vaughan Williams, Respighi, and Prokofiev. Maestro Kenneth Lam will conduct.

Concert Program

Vaughan Williams – Five Variants of “Dives and Lazarus”
Respighi –
Concerto Gregoriano
Prokofiev –
Romeo & Juliet Suite


Tickets range from $34-$92. Purchase online at the Blaisdell Exclusively
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$13 student rush tickets and $20 military tickets are available with a valid ID (must purchase in person). Based on availability beginning May 8th 



Kenneth Lam, conductor

Ken is Music Director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina, USA and Resident Conductor of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. He is also Artistic Director of Hong Kong Voices and Conductor Laureate of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras.

In 2011 Ken won the Memphis Symphony Orchestra International Conducting Competition and was a featured conductor in the League of American Orchestra’s 2009 Bruno Walter National Conductors Preview with the Nashville Symphony. He made his US professional debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in June 2008 as one of four conductors selected by Leonard Slatkin. In recent seasons he led performances with the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Pops, Baltimore, Detroit, Memphis, Illinois and Meridian, as well as the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Guiyang Symphony and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra.
In opera, he directed numerous productions of the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard and was Assistant Conductor at Cincinnati Opera, Baltimore Lyric Opera and at the Castleton Festival. In recent seasons, he led critically acclaimed productions at the Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Festival and at the Luminato Festival in Canada and his run of Massenet’s Manon at Peabody Conservatory was hailed by the Baltimore Sun as a top ten classical event in the Washington D.C/Baltimore area in 2010.

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Sayaka Shoji, violin

Described by Gramophone magazine as “a formidable musician, able to draw on huge reserves of stamina and the unflinching equal of anything thrown at her,” Sayaka Shoji regularly performs with the world’s leading conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Semyon Bychkov, Paavo Järvi, Myung-Whun Chung, Sir Antonio Pappano and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Recent engagements have included concerts with the BBC Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker, The Deutsche Kammerphiharmonie Bremen and Danish National Symphony and NHK Symphony orchestras.

Highlights of the 2015/16 season include her debut with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra (Thomas Dausgaard), a return to the Japan Philharmonic (Pietari Inkinen) and a tour of Japan with the Czech Philharmonic (Jiří Bělohlávek). Further ahead she will work with the Mariinsky Orchestra (Valery Gergiev), Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (Osmo Vänskä), Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (Kazushi Ono), Seoul Philharmonic (Shiyeon Sung), Iceland Symphony and NDR Sinfonieorchester (Krzysztof Urbański).



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, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. | Blaisdell Concert Hall
Sunday, May 14 at 4:00 p.m. | Blaisdell Concert Hall

Tickets from $34