19 Jul 2016

Schubert “The Great”
Featuring Joseph Swensen, conductor and guest violinist

Saturday, Feb 18 at 7:30 p.m. | Blaisdell Concert Hall
Sunday, Feb 19 at 4:00 p.m. | Blaisdell Concert Hall

Violinist and conductor, Joseph Swensen will play a dual role in this Halekulani Masterworks Concert. Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, also known as “The Great”, will be presented by the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Rune Bergmann, originally scheduled to conduct the concert is no longer able to join the HSO, due to a family illness. We are sending our best wishes to him at this time. A revised program is provided below, which includes two Mozart pieces. Mozart’s easily-recognized The Marriage of Figaro Overture, and his lively Violin Concerto No.3, which Mr. Swensen will also solo in.

Concert Program

Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro Overture
Mozart —
Violin Concerto No.3 in G major
Schubert –
Symphony No. 9, “The Great” in C major


Tickets range from $34-$92. Tickets are now exclusively available at the 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 February 13th

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Joseph Swensen, Violin/Conductor

After working for the past 20 years establishing a highly successful career as a conductor, American violinist/conductor Joseph Swensen will once again appear in concert performing the major violin concerti and solo repertoire.

Born in Hoboken, New Jersey and raised in Harlem by a Japanese-American mother and Norwegian-American father, both of whom are musicians, Mr. Swensen enjoyed a highly acclaimed career as a solo violinist and chamber musician before turning to conducting. He attended Juilliard as a student of the renowned pedagogue Dorothy Delay, studied chamber music with Robert Mann, Leonard Rose and Felix Galimir and composition with David Diamond and Vincent Persechetti, and also studied privately with Isaac Stern over a ten year period. A winner of the Leventritt Foundation Award, he appeared as soloist with orchestras such as Cleveland, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Baltimore and performed in recital and chamber music concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston. As an exclusive recording artist with BMG Classics, his recordings of the major violin concerto repertoire with conductors like Andre Previn and Jukka-Pekka Saraste received stellar reviews.


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Saturday, Feb 18 at 7:30 p.m. | Blaisdell Concert Hall
Sunday, Feb 5 19 4:00 p.m. | Blaisdell Concert Hall

Tickets from $34

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