The new season of the Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra offers more than 30 concerts in 5 halls
The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra has gone through nearly two years of pandemic-related impacts and challenges. Because of this, President and CEO Dave Moss said they were even more excited to start a new season.
He added that listening to live music is like opening a bottle of wine – it’s always better when served with others.
“Hearing a live performance is like that once, just that once with the people you’re with in that room. Just like opening a bottle of wine, it’s the air, it’s how long the bottle has been there,” he said. “It’s really the same experience that can’t be replicated in a movie theater or at home on the couch.”
HSO recently announced its concert lineup which runs from October through May. It includes popular returning series, such as Halekulani Masterworks, HapaSymphony, and “Peter and the Wolf” retold in Pidgin, ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, and English.
New this year is Beyond Music. It’s an educational series that features stories of composers and musicians and how they all relate to Hawaiʻi. HSO also recently ratified a new four-year contract with its musicians.
“We feel like this is a finishing point for the symphony and really an opportunity to consider what a symphony orchestra can do for a community,” Moss said. “It’s not just about going to shows anymore, but really about ways for the symphony to reflect the community here.”
Moss said he doesn’t think things will “ever go back to normal.”
“And so, at this point, I think it’s impossible for us to go back and try to recreate things,” he said. “I think what this season and what the stability of the last three years has given us is the opportunity to be incredibly creative and maintain the fiscal stability that we have, to be artistically innovative, to try things.”
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Editor’s Note: The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra is an HPR underwriter and artistic partner. And HPR-2 airs HSO concerts as part of its classical music programming.