26 Jun 2019

We invite you to experience the rich tapestry of our new season, brimming with sonic delights that will color your world with music!


This season features many of your favorite pieces – from Vivaldi’s beloved Four Seasons to Grieg’s gorgeous Piano Concerto to Beethoven’s inspiring Ode to JoyYour HSO offers you the opportunity to “escape from the everyday,” and into a magical world of TchaikovskyMozartRachmaninoffCoplandDvořák and many other composers, brilliantly brought to colorful life by our great musicians.


We are also celebrating the 250th birthday of the most loved composer of all time – Ludwig van Beethoven, with five works during our 2019/2020 Halekulani Masterworks season.

There are some surprises too, for instance, a brilliant new violin concerto composed by Danny Elfman (of BatmanThe Simpsons, and of course Nightmare Before Christmas), who will also be in attendance for both of our Season Opening performances. Our superb principal oboist, J. Scott Janusch will give the world premiere of a concerto written especially for him and his extraordinary new oboe made of native Hawaiian Kauila wood, plus many of your favorite conductors and soloists are returning this season, along with some new discoveries!

Your HSO plays and loves the classics, but we are so much more! We have music to suit everyone’s style. Enjoy our filmsinConcert, musicthatPOPS and musicthatROCKS concerts, holiday celebrations and the return of Brody Dolyniuk performing the Music of Queen! Enjoy pre-concert parties at the Honolulu Club, and post-concert events, camaraderie, drinks, food, friendship and fun!

Our home of Hawai’i holds so much beauty and color, and your HSO is a magical part of life here, bringing people together, building community, introducing young people to music, and celebrating the world. We look forward to seeing you at the symphony!

Halekulani Masterworks

Symphonie Fantastique!

Michael Stern, conductor

Sandy Cameron, violin

American conductor, Michael Stern returns to lead a grand-opening symphonic celebration featuring Berlioz’s epic Symphonie Fantastique. Danny Elfman’s Violin Concerto, Eleven, Eleven, brings his dramatic flair to his first true orchestra work performed by the dynamic, show-stopping violinist, Sandy Cameron.

Copland – Fanfare for the Common Man

Elfman – Concerto for Violin & Orchestra (Eleven Eleven)

Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique

Symphonie Fantastique concert sponsor


Country Legends

More than 75 years of country music will be showcased during the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra’s “Country Legends” concert Friday, September 27 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Nashville recording artists Rachel Potter(The X Factor) and Patrick Thomas (The Voice) will take the stage alongside Conductor Joe Stepec and your HSO to pay tribute to the greatest names in country music, such as Johnny CashDolly PartonWillie NelsonHank Williams, Garth Brooks and many more.

The concert offers a guided tour of country music history, from Hank Williams’ Hey Good Lookin’ and Dolly Parton’s’ Jolene to Willie Nelson’s On the Road Again and Faith Hill’s Breathe. Along the way, there will also be songs by Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, John Denver, Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, and, the Gambler himself, Kenny Rogers.

Halekulani Masterworks

Northern Lights

Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor

Soyeon Kate Lee, piano

Carlos Miguel Prieto, Musical America’s 2019 Conductor of the Year, and the brilliant pianist Soyeon Kate Lee return to perform this program featuring the sounds and colors of the north. Grieg’s beloved piano concerto and this powerful symphony by Sibelius will create a soundscape of Nordic nature and beauty.

Grieg – Concerto for Piano

Sibelius – Symphony No. 2


The Music of Queen

You’ve seen the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. Now get ready for the return of The Music of Queen live in concert! Experience the power of Queen’s music with HSO’s full orchestra behind awesome vocals and a full rock band.

Brody Dolyniuk is back with his stunning vocals sure to impress any Freddie Mercury fan, and Brent Haven’s phenomenal arrangements and command of the orchestra will bring nostalgia back to any lover of Queen. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind tribute to one of the most iconic bands in history. You’ll recognize every song: Bohemian Rhapsody, We are the Champions, Under Pressure, Another One Bites the Dust, Somebody to Love and more!


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™

Grab your broom and get ready for the tasks ahead! The Triwizard Tournament comes to Hogwarts™ in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert.  Relive the magic of Harry Potter™ soaring across the big screen in high-definition and experience the music of a live symphony orchestra performing Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score.


Halekulani Masterworks

Two Seasons

Keitaro Harada, conductor

J. Scott Janusch, oboe

As part of the Hawaiian Oboe Legacy Project, principal oboist J. Scott Janusch performs a monumental work that celebrates ancient Hawaiian culture on a unique instrument made of rare kauila wood. Japanese conductor Keitaro Harada makes his HSO debut in this program that connects classical music and Hawaii’s rich natural history.

Prokofiev – Symphony No.1 (Classical Symphony)

Schubert – Symphony No. 5

MagnussenNā Kau ‘Elua (The Two Seasons)

Halekulani Masterworks

Ode to Joy

JoAnn Falletta, conductor

Esther Yoo, O‘ahu Choral Society artistic director

Artistic Advisor, JoAnn Falletta returns to conduct this annual event that has become a holiday tradition. The triumphal 9th symphony remains a timeless and relevant tribute to brotherhood and will kick off a year-long celebration of Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary.

TchaikovskyFrancesca da Rimini

Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 (Choral)

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Mostly Mozart

Carl St. Clair, conductor

Norman Krieger, piano

The pure genius of Mozart will be on full display with venerated pianist Norman Krieger performing one of Mozart’s most admired concertos. Carl St. Clair balances the program with Shostakovich’s powerful and provocative 10th Symphony.

Mozart – Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio

Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 24

Shostakovich – Symphony No. 10

Halekulani Masterworks

JoAnn Returns

JoAnn Falletta, conductor

Bella Hristova, violin

HSO Artistic Advisor, JoAnn Falletta returns to conduct a program featuring Dvořák’s brilliant and captivating symphony. The highly acclaimed violinist Bella Hristova performs a concerto written by husband, David Ludwig, as an ode to the union of marriage with musical references to partnership, empathy, and communion, as it imagines the before, during, and after a traditional wedding ceremony.

Enescu – Romanian Rhapsody No. 1

D. Ludwig – Violin Concerto

Dvořák – Symphony No. 8

Halekulani Masterworks

Classic Kahane

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor & piano

The extraordinary artist Jeffrey Kahane performs dual roles as pianist and conductor in this program of classical masterworks by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Schumann.

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 4

MendelssohnThe Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave)

Schumann – Symphony No. 1

Halekulani Masterworks

Tchaikovsky’s Masterpiece

Rei Hotoda, conductor

Chee-Yun, violin

The effervescent violin virtuoso Chee-Yun performs Tchaikovsky’s treasured concerto. Rei Hotoda returns to conduct Elgar’s mysterious and beautiful Enigma Variations.

Beethoven – Namensfeier Overture

Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto

ElgarEnigma Variations

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Ravel & Beethoven

Rune Bergmann, conductor

Behzod Abduraimov, piano

Rune Bergmann and Behzod Abduraimov make their Hawaiian debuts in a program that features Ravel’s jazz-inspired concerto and Beethoven’s heroic symphony. With Bizet’s rousing March of the Toreadors to open, this concert has something for everyone.

Bizet – Overture from Carmen (Les Toreadors)

Ravel – Piano Concerto

Beethoven – Symphony No. 3 (Eroica)

Halekulani Masterworks

Viva Vivaldi!

Jun Märkl, conductor

Alexi Kenney, violin

Violin sensation Alexi Kenney debuts with Vivaldi’s famous tribute to nature that has weathered the test of time. Jun Markl returns to lead works by Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn inspired by the spirit and beauty of Italy.

TchaikovskyCapriccio Italien

VivaldiThe Four Seasons

Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 4 (Italian)

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Beethoven Rachs!

Naoto Otomo, conductor

William Wolfram, piano

The season comes to a close in grand style with Naoto Otomo conducting Rachmaninoff’s romantic and evocative Symphony No. 2 and William Wolfram performing Beethoven’s majestic Emperor Concerto. This season finale will leave audiences wanting more.

Beethoven -Concerto for Piano No. 5 (Emperor)

Rachmaninoff -Symphony No. 2