Honolulu Symphony players trying to keep studio thriving

Posted on: May 20, 2010

Wednesday (5/19) on the website of Honolulu, Hawaii’s KITV4, Keoki Kerr writes, “A brand-new, million-dollar rehearsal hall and recording studio owned by the musicians of the Honolulu Symphony isn’t getting much use since the symphony filed for bankruptcy and cancelled its season. But the union is trying to change that by promoting the spot as a new venue for live music in Honolulu. … The movie ‘Princess Kaiulani’ that opened across the country last week featured a musical score performed by the Honolulu Symphony, and recorded at Studio 909, in the musician’s union in Kakaako. ‘We had I think, three or four days or recording sessions in the studio. And now [the film is] out in the theaters. People can come out and they can still hear the Honolulu Symphony,’ Jonathan Parrish, vice chair of the Honolulu Symphony musicians’ orchestra committee. … ‘It was built and designed acoustically for live music,’ said Brien Matson, president of the Musicians’ Association of Hawaii. The new facility cost about $1 million. … The union is now booking live performances like recitals, jam sessions, even parties in the new rehearsal and recording facility.”

Posted May 20, 2010