01 May 2017

Symphony in Pearl City

Thursday, June 8, 2017
7:30 p.m. in the Pearl City Cultural Center
Maestro Naoto Otomo
Mozart, Strauss, Suppe, Ravel, Bizet and more!

Join us for a very special community concert in Pearl City. Your Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra will perform in the Pearl City Cultural Center for the very first time on Thursday, June 8. Super star conductor, Naoto Otomo will lead the HSO through a concert filled with all sorts of twists and turns. All ages are welcome for this family-friendly concert.

We’ll sweep you away with the Marriage of Figaro Overture, dance with Borodin in the middle, and sway with Bizet’s Carmen Suite at the end. It’s fun, lighthearted, and entertaining!

Symphony in Pearl City is made possible by the City & County of Honolulu Grant-in-Aid,  Atherton Family Foundation, Arthur & Mae Orvis Family Foundation, Cades Foundation,  Central Pacific Bank Foundation, and Neiman Marcus Foundation. 

Tickets & Program

This is a free event! No tickets required.

Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro Overture, Strauss’ Chit Chat Polka, Annen Polka and Voices of Spring Waltz, as well as Ravel’s beloved Suite from Mother Goose. Bizet’s Carmen Suite No.1 and Leroy Anderson’s Belle of the Ball also make an appearance on this lively program.

Location & Information

What should I bring? 

  • The whole family

Located at the very top of Waimano Home Road – the Pearl City Cultural Center.

Where will the symphony be playing?

Located at the very top of Waimano Home Road – the Pearl City Cultural Center. 

Pearl City Cultural Center
2100 Hookiekie St.
Pearl City, HI 96782

Naoto Otomo, Conductor

Born in 1958, Naoto Otomo graduated from the Toho Gakuen School of Music having studied conducting under Seiji Ozawa, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Tadaaki Odaka and Morihiro Okabe. His studies took him to Tanglewood where he worked with conductors such as André Previn, Leonard Bernstein and Igor Markevitch. While still a student at Toho Gakuen, Naoto Otomo was named Assistant Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, and upon the recommendation of its members, made his debut with the orchestra at the age of 22. During his career, Naoto Otomo has regularly made appearances with major orchestras both in Japan and overseas. Having previously held the posts of Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Permanent Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor, Permanent Conductor as well as Music Director of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, he is currently Music Director of the Gunma Symphony Orchestra, Honorary Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Laureate of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, and Music Advisor to the Ryukyu Symphony Orchestra. In 2004, he was appointed as the first Music Director of the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan concert hall, a post he held for 8 years. He also led the Osaka Philharmonic on a tour of Europe in 1986, and his tours with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra to Southeast Asia in 1992, Portugal in 1994 and 1996, and Europe in 2001 were all extremely successful.

Outside Japan, Naoto Otomo has appeared with the Colorado Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; in July 2001 he led the Philharmonia Orchestra on their tour to Japan, in March 2012 he conducted the opening concert of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, and in June 2012 he appeared as a guest conductor with the Lorraine National Orchestra. He was invited to George Enescu International Festival in 2013 where he conducted String Octet in C Major, Op.7. Critics acclaimed “this octet has been performed several times, but this is by far the best,” and “the performance by a Japanese orchestra gives hope to western music.” There is much anticipation of future work in both Europe and the United States.

Naoto Otomo’s repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary works, and since his first recording at the age of 20, his work has been featured on numerous albums. His latest work, a recording with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra of Holst’s orchestral suite The Planets, has been released in Japan by King Records.

Creating new music scenes in which classical and music from other genres collaborate, Otomo does not shy away from stage productions that stray from established genres and forms of expression; he is truly an innovative music producer.

In recent years, Otomo has also been actively involved in education, and his contributions include the organization of the international music seminar “Music Masters Course Japan” alongside fellow conductor Alan Gilbert.

Naoto Otomo is the recipient of the 8th Akio Watanabe Music Foundation Award (2000) and the 7th Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award (2008).