Grand Russian Music on Lineup for Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Concert

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HONOLULU – The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) returns to the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall this Sunday, Nov. 24, at 4 p.m., in a concert featuring three popular works by Russian composers – Glinka’s lively Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla, Tchaikovsky’s stirring Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, and Stravinsky’s colorful, exciting Petrouchka. Pianist Joyce Yang, described as “the most gifted young pianist of her generation” with a “million-volt stage presence,” will be the soloist in the Tchaikovsky concerto. Jean-Marie Zeitouni, considered “one of Canada’s brightest young conductors,” will be on the podium.

Yang, born 26 years ago in South Korea, educated at the Juilliard School and now residing in New York, has performed with a “Who’s Who” of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. Switzerland’s Neue Zurcher Zeitung has called her artistry “astonishing.”


Zeitouni is artistic director of I Musici de Montréal as well as music director of the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony. His eloquent yet fiery style has brought him regular engagements and re-engagements with orchestras across the United States and Canada.

Tickets are available at the Blaisdell Box Office or at

The remaining lineup for the HSO’s fall 2013 season:

Saturday, December 7, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 8, at 4 p.m.

Michael Stern conducting with banjo soloist Béla Fleck. The concert will feature works by Stephen Hartke, Béla Fleck and Copland.

Monday, December 23, at 8 p.m.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 will be conducted by Andrew Litton and feature local vocalists: soprano Chiho Villasenor, mezzo-soprano Maya Hoover, tenor Kip Wilborn, bass Leon Williams, and the

Oahu Choral Society, Esther Yoo, artistic director. The concert will open with Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 4 in G Major, “Mozartiana.”

The second half of the 2013-2014 season will feature concerts on March 16; April 5, 6, 26, 27; May 11, 17, 18; and June 1.

About the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra

The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, one of the oldest orchestras west of the Rocky Mountains, has won the enthusiastic praise of the nationally and internationally renowned soloists and guest conductors who have performed with it.

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