Pops concert puts fans into mood for the season
It's official: It's Christmastime in the city, and we are kicking it off as only the Honolulu Symphony Pops can, with the Brothers Cazimero and the Honolulu Symphony Chorus.
With the Brothers Cazimero:
In concert: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday
Place: Blaisdell Concert Hall
Tickets: $25 to $70
Call: 792-2000 or Ticketmaster, 877-750-4400
You'll leave the Blaisdell Concert Hall without humming your favorite holiday tunes after attending any of this year's three concerts with local favorites the Brothers Caz. Pack up the entire family for the old-fashioned sing-along that will put even the biggest humbug in the mood for the season.
This season has been amazing, and last weekend's concerts were no exception. We were lucky to have one of the hottest jazz trumpeters in the country, Chris Botti, who thrilled two full houses with his smooth, silky interpretations of classics and contemporary favorites.
Also, a special performance of my arrangements for the film "Good Night and Good Luck" treated the audience to blazing solos by the symphony's own stars.
I hope you've noticed that we've been doing something a little different at the concerts this year. We've turned the first half into an opportunity to highlight the marvelous orchestra of the Honolulu Symphony Pops. Keep an eye out for this again this weekend as we also feature the Honolulu Symphony Chorus, directed by Karen Kennedy.
We had to add a third concert because tickets have been flying off the shelves faster than the new PSP! The Sunday matinee concert at 4 p.m. is perfect for a family holiday outing.
The Christmas Pops show has definitely become an island tradition, but don't think it will be the same old thing. I have written new arrangements for the Brothers Cazimero -- so look out for some special surprises.
The Grammy-nominated brothers won't disappoint in this once-a-year experience!
Right around the corner is one of the most exciting concerts ever for the Honolulu Symphony Pops.
Elvis Costello (Mr. Diana Krall) is up next on the roster. March 31 and April 1 are the dates not to miss.
Costello has written his own symphony and will perform it during the first half of the concert. But if his classic hits are what you're looking for, don't worry -- he'll be serving up your favorites in the second half of the show.
Our season finale is sure to please the crowd. Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom, recently engaged and hapai (congratulations!), will be joining us for the first time in years.
There are only a few more opportunities to enjoy a pops performance. There really is nothing that compares to the power of live music.
Won't you join us?