Hawai’i Symphony heads online for start of season

Posted on: September 21, 2020

“With in-person performance shut down by the pandemic, the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra is going online with its new season next weekend,” writes Steven Mark in Wednesday’s (9/16) Star-Advertiser (Honolulu, HI). “The orchestra is replacing its usual Masterworks concert series at Blaisdell Concert Hall with a new series called ‘Sounds of Resilience,’ which will feature its first concert, ‘Galaxy of Strings,’ at 7:30 p.m. on Sept 26. The concert will be streamed live from the Hawaii Theatre Center stage in a pay-per-view performance. More online performances are being planned for the rest of the fall … ‘It’s a new challenge every day,’ said Dave Moss, the executive director of the orchestra. ‘Galaxy of Strings’ will feature the Hawaii premiere of ‘Starburst,’ a work by Jessie Montgomery, a composer who is at the forefront of the diversity and equity issue in classical music today. As a violinist, she won the 1999 award for violinists from the Sphinx Organization, a Detroit-based organization that promotes diversity and inclusion in the arts, and has gone on to compose music.” Other works on the opening program are Handel’s Symphony No. 4 and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. “Concertmaster Iggy Jang will lead an ensemble of 17 string musicians.”