The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra will start its 2013-2014 season by expanding programs to East Hawaii audiences, collaborating on a holiday concert in Hilo with the UH Hilo music department. The concert program will include Haydn “Symphony No. 26 (Christmas Symphony),” Laland “Christmas Symphony,” Manfredini “Christmas Symphony” and selected choral works.
Since Jan. 26 marks the orchestra’s 10th anniversary, their Jan. 19 concert will be a “Blast From the Past,” reprising favorite works from previous concert seasons. The program at Kahilu Theatre in Waimea will include Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” (featuring violin soloists from the orchestra) and Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings.” The orchestra’s Third Annual Concerto Competition will be held on Feb. 1 and 2, and the three winning young string players will perform their solos, with orchestra accompaniment, at the orchestra’s spring concert, scheduled March 30, at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows Tennis Pavilion. Also on the program for that concert is Dvorak’s “New World Symphony,” another “Blast From the Past.”
Fans of the orchestra who want to maximize the effects of their financial help to the group can do so through their participation in this year’s Give Aloha Program. Although the continuing generosity of benefactors such as the Dorrance Family Foundation, Kahilu Theatre and Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, as well as many local small businesses, has made it possible for the orchestra survive and grow, more contributions are needed.
The orchestra is also participating in Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts program. “Give Aloha,” which honors Foodland Super Market, Ltd. founder Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan, continues his legacy of giving back to the community.
Like other nonprofit organizations, the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra has signed up to take part in this event from Sept. 1-30. Donations allow the orchestra continue its mission of providing low cost admission to concerts of quality orchestral music, and furthering the musical knowledge of local young people.