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Monday, January 22, 2001

Symphony marks
102nd season


The Honolulu Symphony Orchestra is marking its 102nd season with performances by the multi-Grammy Award nominated Eroica Trio, Avery Fisher Award winner Anne Akiko Meyers and classical guitar legend Pepe Romero.

Music director Samuel Wong and executive director Stephen Bloom today announced the orchestra's 2001-2002 Halekulani Classical Masterworks season, which opens Oct. 14 and 16 with violinist Cho-Liang Lin. Returning artists include Van Cliburn winner Jon Nakamatsu, 1999 Avery Fisher Award recipient Sarah Chang, and pianists Alexander Toradze and Jon Kimura Parker.

Tickets are on sale at the Honolulu Symphony ticket office at Dole Cannery, 650 Iwilei Road Suite 202, or by calling the 792-2000 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Subscribers should receive their renewal packets in the mail today.

Concerts will be at the Blaisdell Concert Hall at 4 p.m. Sundays and 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and a few Saturdays. Wong will conduct all the concerts, except where noted. The schedule:

Bullet Oct. 14 and 16 -- Cho-Liang Lin plays Tchaikovsky. The Chinese-American violinist, was recently honored as Musical America's Instrumentalist of the Year for 2000. Program Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major, Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition."

Bullet Oct. 21 and 23 -- Toradze Shines -- The Rach Three, with Alexander Toradze. Toradze is recognized by critics as a masterful keyboard virtuoso in the grand Romantic tradition. He was the Silver Medalist in the 1977 Van Cliburn Piano Competition. Program: Brahms Sernade No. 1, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3.

Bullet Nov. 3 and 4 -- Jon Kimura Parker plays Beethoven. A Gold Medal winner at the 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition, Parker, in 1999, was also awarded his country's highest honor, the Order of Canada. Program: Beethoven's Coriolan Overture, Piano Concerto No. 4 and Symphony No. 7.

Bullet Nov. 11 and 13 -- Gregory Dubay plays Lalo. The orchestra's principal cellist will be the soloist during a program featuring works by great French composers. Program: Ibert's "Divertissement," Lalo's Cello Concerto in D minor, Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 "The Organ Symphony."

Bullet Nov. 24 and 25 -- The Eroica Trio -- Beethoven's Triple Concerto. The Grammy-nominated Eroica Trio -- Erika Nickrenz (piano), Adela Peña (violin), Sara Sant'Ambrogio (cello) is known for displays of "heart-stopping mastery." Program: Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 2, Triple Concerto and Symphony No. 2.

Bullet Dec. 29 and 30 -- New Year's Special -- Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, with Oahu Choral Society. The ultimate celebration features Bach's Suite No. 3 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 "Choral."

Bullet Jan. 6 and 8 -- Jon Nakamatsu plays Chopin; Anne Manson, guest conductor. Nakamatsu, winner of the 10th Van Cliburn Piano Competition in 1997, performs under the direction of the Kansas City Symphony music director. Program: Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2, Stravinsky's "Petrouchka."

Bullet March 10 and 12 -- Bang the Drum Slowly! Guest conductor tba. A rare performance of a percussion concerto, with HSO principal percussion James Lee Wyatt III as soloist on the Schwantner Percussion Concerto. Also: Leonard Bernstein's "On the Waterfront."

Bullet March 24 and 26 -- Sarah Chang and Tchaikovsky's "Winter Dreams." Frequent guest Chang, now 19, returns. Also: Rimsky-Korsakov's "Russian Easter Overture," Goldmark's Violin Concerto in A minor.

Bullet March 31 and April 2 -- Easter Special -- Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries." The Bruckner Eighth Symphony is a musician's dream, intimate, intense, and emotionally inspiring. Highly recommended.

Bullet April 6 and 7 -- Anne Akiko Meyers -- Symphonic Dances; Connie Uejio, harp. Violinist Meyers won classical music's premiere award, the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1993. Program: Mozart's Don Giovanni Overture, Barber's Violin Concerto, Debussy's Danses sacree et profane, Stravinsky's Danses concertantes, Brahm's Hungarian Dances.

Bullet April 21 and 23 -- Iggy Takes Centerstage!, Grant Llewellen, conducting. Llewellen leads the orchestra as HSO concertmaster Ignace Jang performs as soloist the Shostakovich Violin Concerto.

Bullet May 19 and 21 -- Selections from "Turandot!" Featuring the orchestra and Oahu Choral Society.

Bullet May 26 and 28 -- Pepe Romero plays Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez. Classical guitarist Romero helped establish the Romeros Quartet as the world's leading guitar ensemble. Also: Falla's "Three-Cornered Hat," Dvorak's Symphony No. 7.

Tickets for the full 14-concert season subscription, including service fees, are $224 to $658.

Half-season (seven concerts) subscriptions for the Great Composers Series (Lin, Toradze, Dubay, Nakamatsu, Bang the Drum Slowly, Easter Special and Romero), are $112 to $336. Half-season subscriptions for the Masterworks Platinum Series (Lin, Kimura, Eroica Trio, Nakamatsu, Chang, Iggy, Turandot), are $112 to $336.

The symphony is also offering "Make Your Own Series" season ticket package. Choose any six, eight or 10 concerts from the 2001-2002 schedule, starting at $99. Single tickets -- $15, $25, $30, $40 and $55 -- go on sale in August.

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