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Season Finale with JoAnn & Jake

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Season Finale with JoAnn & Jake

Saturday, June 6 | 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 7 | 4:00 p.m.

Blaisdell Concert Hall
Tickets from $32

$13 student & $20 military tickets are now available through the Blaisdell box office. Click here to read our policy.

Season Finale tickets now available exclusively through the Blaisdell.

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Ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro will make history with the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra this June when he performs the world premiere of Byron Yasui’s Concerto for ‘Ukulele & Orchestra, Campanella. Yasui’s composition was created specifically with Shimabukuro in mind, giving it the nickname “Concerto for Jake.” Maestro JoAnn Falletta returns to the podium to lead the symphony in Yasui’s concerto and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Titan.

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A limited number of VIP passes are also available for $125 each, and includes a pre-concert party at Honolulu Club with drinks & pupus, premium seating, free parking and other privileges. Click here to learn more!

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Sneak Peek: The Making of Concerto for ‘Ukulele

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$13 student rush tickets and $20 military tickets are available beginning Monday, June 1, with a valid ID (must purchase in person). 

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Jake Shimabukuro, Ukulele

In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined a Jake_webheretofore under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed audiences on TV (Jimmy Kimmel, Conan), earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played in front of the Queen of England.

With his new record Grand Ukulele, Shimabukuro’s star may burn even brighter.

An ambitious follow-up to 2011’s Peace, Love, Ukulele (which debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Charts), the Hawaiian musician’s new record finds him collaborating with legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons, best known for his work on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, The Beatles’ Abbey Road and his own highly successful solo project. “It was very organic how it happened,” says Shimabukuro. “He attended a couple of my shows near where he lives in Santa Barbara and the concert promoter put us in touch. I was stunned. I mean, THE Alan Parsons? We ended up having dinner before the show and he casually mentioned the idea of possibly working together on a project. It was a priceless opportunity I didn’t want to pass up – he’s a genius.” Read More >>

JoAnn Falletta, Conductor

JoAnn Falletta is internationally celebrated as a vibrant ambassador for music and an inspiring artistic leader. An JoAnn_webeffervescent and exuberant figure on the podium, she has been praised by The Washington Post as having “Toscanini’s tight control over ensemble, Walter’s affectionate balancing of inner voices, Stokowski’s gutsy showmanship, and a controlled frenzy worthy of Bernstein.” Acclaimed by The New York Times as “one of the finest conductors of her generation,” she serves as the Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center.

Ms. Falletta is invited to guest conduct many of the world’s finest orchestras. She has guest conducted over a hundred orchestras in North America, and many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. Her North America guest conducting appearances have included 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. International appearances include 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. Read More>>

Dr. Byron Yasui, ComposerByronYasui_Web

Byron K. Yasui is Professor Emeritus of Composition and Theory at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, where he also served as chair of Graduate Studies in music. He is also co-founder and artistic director of the University’s Hawai’i Guitar Festival. His degrees include B. Ed (secondary music), University of Hawai’i, 1965; M.M. (composition), Northwestern University, 1967; and D.M.A. (composition), Northwestern, 1972. He remains active as a freelance jazz double bassist and a classical guitar duo partner with Brazilian virtuoso Carlos Barboso-Lime. For many years, he served as a part-time double bassist with the Honolulu Symphony.

Since 1985, he has annually received ASCAP standard awards in serious music composition and has had two orchestral works premiered at Carnegie Hall. His works have been performed at Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) national and regional conferences, three Ernest Bloch Composers Symposiums in Newport, Oregon, the 1994 International Trumpet Guild national conference, the Crane Festival of New Music in Potsdam, New York, the Focus! Music of the Pacific Rim festival at Lincoln Center, and the Bakersfield (Cal.) Symphony’s New Directions Concert. He served as region VII co-chair of the Society of Composers, Inc. and is currently serving a second five year term on the Honolulu Mayor’s Commission of Culture and the Arts. Read More>>

Concert Program for June 6 & 7

Yasui – Concerto for Ukulele & Orchestra, Campanella | World Premiere

-Intermission-

Mahler – Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Titan

Concert Conversations with the Guest Artists

Ticket-holders are invited to join us for Concert Conversations, starting one hour before the performance in the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Jake Shimabukuro, JoAnn Falletta and Dr. Byron Yasui will be there to discuss the program and to answer your questions, hosted by concertmaster Iggy Jang. Concert Conversations are included with your ticket — don’t miss out!

Tickets to Season Finale with JoAnn & Jake

Saturday, June 6 | 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 7 | 4:00 p.m.
Blaisdell Concert Hall
Tickets from $32

Season Finale tickets now available exclusively through the Blaisdell.

Buy Tickets


 

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