Hawaii Symphony plans October debut with musicians from Honolulu Symphony

Posted on: June 15, 2011

Tuesday (6/14) on Hawaii News Now, Howard Dicus writes, “Under the new name Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, the former musicians of the Honolulu Symphony intend to play the first concert of a new season in October, their artistic advisor said Tuesday. JoAnn Falletta, in an appearance on Hawaii News Now Sunrise, said she was quite sure the orchestra would launch its season in October [and] she was working rapidly to put a season together. … Falletta, 51, is the long-time music director of both the Buffalo Philharmonic and of the Virginia Symphony, and was recently appointed principal conductor of the Ulstar Orchestra in Belfast. She has recorded for the Naxos label with the Buffalo ensemble.” The Honolulu Symphony filed for bankruptcy and dissolved in December. “A citizen’s committee led by Honolulu businesswoman Vicky Cayetano organized to acquire the music library, instruments and other assets of the Honolulu Symphony, and to find ways to reform an orchestra. Successful in acquiring those assets, the citizen’s committee then negotiated a multi-year agreement with the musicians and set about raising funds for a relaunch.”

Posted June 15, 2011