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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.


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