Monday, January 13, 2014

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra announces Jean-Yves Thibaudet as guest soloist

The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) today announced that pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet will be the guest artist for the first concert of the Spring 2014 Halekulani Masterworks Series on Sunday, March 16, at 4 p.m.

“Jean-Yves Thibaudet is one of today’s most sought-after soloists,” said HSO Executive Director Jonathan Parrish. “He has the rare ability to combine poetic musical sensibilities and dazzling technical prowess.” The New York Times wrote that “every note he fashions is a pearl … the joy, brilliance and musicality of his performance could not be missed.” Thibaudet, who brings natural charisma and remarkable musical depth to his career, has performed around the world for more than 30 years and recorded more than 50 albums.

“Together with the renowned German conductor Gunther Herbig, the former music director of the Detroit and Toronto symphonies, we expect this all-Beethoven program to be very popular,” said Parrish. “Our ability to attract world-class artists like this to perform with our orchestra demonstrates the high esteem in which the HSO is viewed around the globe.”

Conductor JoAnn Falletta, artistic advisor to the HSO, who played a key role in arranging both the fall and spring concert series, said, “I am delighted at the response of so many important American, European and Asian soloists and conductors to the opportunity to come to Honolulu to perform with the HSO, whose reputation as a wonderful symphonic ensemble is rapidly spreading. We’ve got a terrific lineup of performers and exciting programs in store for this spring, including the world premiere of a concerto for koto and orchestra.”

The spring concert schedule:

Sunday, March 16, at 4 p.m.
Herbig Conducts Beethoven
G√ľnther Herbig Conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet Piano

- Beethoven Coriolan Overture
- Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”
- Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Saturday, April 5, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 6, at 4 p.m.
Prokofiev & Strauss
Junichi Hirokami Conductor
Anne Akiko Meyers Violin

- Khatchaturian Masquerade Suite
- Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2
- Strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
- Strauss Rosenkavalier Suite

Saturday, April 26, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 27, at 4 p.m.
Gershwin & Beethoven
Maximiano Valdes Conductor
Sara Davis Buechner Piano

- Ravel Alborada del Gracioso
- Gershwin Concerto in F
- Beethoven Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”

Sunday, May 11, at 4 p.m.
Iggy Plays Paganini
Gerard Schwarz Conductor
Ignace “Iggy” Jang Violin

- Mozart Symphony No. 39
- Mozart Adagio for Violin and Orchestra
- Paganini “La Campanella”
- Elgar Enigma Variations

Saturday, May 17, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 18, at 4 p.m.
Concerto for Koto
Naoto Otomo Conductor
Yumi Kurosawa Koto

- Akutagawa Musica per Orchestra Sinfonica
- Daren Hagan Genji, Concerto for Koto and Orchestra (World Premiere)
- Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

Sunday, June 1, at 4 p.m.
Grieg & Berlioz
Naoto Otomo Conductor
Conrad Tao Piano

- Sibelius Finlandia
- Grieg No. 1 in A Minor
- Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

Prices for the Spring Halekulani Masterworks Series range from $80 to $230 for the three-Saturday package; and from $140 to $400 for the six-Sunday package. Series tickets can be purchased at the HOT Box Office at 848 South Beretania St. #303. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (808) 593-2468. Single tickets will go on sale Monday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. at the Blaisdell Box Office or online at

About the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra
The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, one of the oldest orchestras west of the Rocky Mountains, has won the enthusiastic praise of the nationally and internationally renowned soloists and guest conductors who have performed with it.

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