HPR and Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra have partnered to broadcast the first six performances from the 2019-2020 season, which was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.
Each show is hosted by HPR Music Director Gene Schiller and features performances recorded live on the stage of the Blaisdell Concert Hall, as well as interviews with the HSO maestro and/or guest artist.
These performances will air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on HPR-2, your home for classical music. Ways to listen & station locator.
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August 4 - Symphonie Fantastique!
Michael Stern, conductor
Sandy Cameron, Violin
Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man
Elfman - Concerto for Violin & Orchestra (Eleven Eleven)
Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique
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.
August 11 - Northern Lights
Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
Soyeon Kate Lee, piano
Grieg - Concerto for Piano
Sibelius - Symphony No. 2
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 concerto and this powerful symphony by Sibelius will create a soundscape of Nordic nature and beauty.
August 18 - Two Seasons
Keitaro Harada, conductor
J. Scott Janusch, oboe
Prokofiev - Symphony No. 1 (Classical Symphony)
Schubert - Symphony No. 5
Magnussen - Nā Kau ʻElua (The Two Seasons)
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.
August 25 - Ode To Joy
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Esther Yoo, Oʻahu Choral Society artistic director
Tchaikovsky - Francesca da Rimini
Beethoven - Symphony No 9 (Choral)
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.
September 1 - Mostly Mozart
Carl St. Clair, conductor
Norman Krieger, piano
Mozart - Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 24
Shostakovich - Symphony No. 10
The pure genius of Mozart will be on full display with venerated pianist Norman Kreiger performing one of Mozart’s most admired concertos. Carl St. Clair balances the program with Shostakovich’s powerful and provocative 10th Symphony.
September 8 - JoAnn Returns
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Bella Hristova, violin
Enescu - Romanian Rhapsody No. 1
D. Ludwig - Violin Concerto
Dvorak - Symphony No. 8
HSO Artistic Advisor JoAnn Falletta returns to conduct a program featuring Dvorak’s brilliant and captivating symphony. The highly acclaimed 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.