by Mark Smith, staff writer emeritus
| The Honolulu Symphony ‘06-‘07 season
comes to an end on May 13 with a concert in tribute to some of
the biggest names in musical composition. The concert will feature
two shows that are sure to please any classical music enthusiast.|
Exotic Touch will be performed on May 4 and 5 with conductor
Chrishtoph Campestrini and will feature violin renditions of
famous composers Mozart, Respighi, Stravinsky, and Ravel. Highly
acclaimed and renowned Canadian violinist Lara St. John, who
has developed somewhat of a trail of fans throughout Asia, will
also be on stage to perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto no.
5. St. John, who has performed around the world, has released
three albums, the first of which entitled Bach: Works for Violin
Solo, sold over 35,000 copies. In May 2004, St. John was ranked
at 15 on the classical Billboard charts.
On May 11 and 13 the Honolulu Symphony will end the season with
So Agreeable, a celebration of the symphony’s music. It
will feature outgoing musical director Samuel Wong and will offer
a series of performances that will take the audience on a musical
journey through the works of Saint Saëns, Vaughn Williams,
Sarasate, and Brahms.
The Honolulu Symphony will begin its next season in August and
will feature Andreas Delfs, who will take over as the orchestra’s
new principal conductor. Delfs had a successful 10-year run as
the musical director for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Under
Delfs, the Milwaukee was the first American orchestra to offer
live recordings on the Internet via iTunes.
Delfs also orchestrated Milwaukee’s classical connections
concert series which offered a less formal concert hall experience
and promoted audience interaction, and he took the symphony to
Cuba, which made it the first and only American orchestra to
visit that country.
Delfs also served as a guest conductor across the U.S. with such
orchestras as the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic,
and The National Symphonic Orchestra in Washington.
The Honolulu Symphony is also known for its successful Pops series
which, during the ‘06-‘07 seasons, hosted The Temptations
in January and teamed up with country music legend Wynona Judd
in March. The Pops season ended in April with the symphony paying
tribute to the Beatles.
For more information visit the Honolulu Symphony, Web site at
www.honolulusymphony.com or call (808) 792-2000 for tickets.