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Hawaii Symphony Debuts Live Concert Series at Waikiki Shell

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The Hawai‘i Symphony is jumping in big after a year without live concerts. This weekend, the Hawai‘i Symphony debuts its Sheraton Starlight series at the Waikiki Shell. An award-winning local composer's magnum opus will link the eight-week series.

The mythic homeland of the Polynesian people is the theme for Michael Foumai’s epic composition, Raise Hawaiki. The award-winning composer will launch Hawai’i Symphony’s Sheraton Starlight series at the Waikiki Shell.

The Symphony's first concerts at the Shell began in 1956 and were hugely successful over the years. In a pandemic adaptation, a limited number of "pod" tickets for four people will be sold. Individual seats will be available as well.

Foumai's impressive works will be featured through the series, with Raiatea Helm and works by Mozart, Dvorak, Bernstein, also on the program.

Slack key artist Makana will appear with the Symphony in July. And in August, there's a Queen and Led Zeppelin tribute, all under the stars at the Waikiki Shell.

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