A Letter from the President of HCS


As the Hawai`i Concert Society is completing its 2018-2019 season and prepares for 2019-2020, I invite you to become a new member of the Society or to renew your present membership. Please accept this invitation by returning the enclosed membership form, along with your contribution.

Many of you, no doubt, have special memories of this season.

The past few concerts have been particularly memorable ones for me. The combined Czech quartets, Prazak and Zemlinsky, were so musically together that they seemed to be playing one instrument.  I recall my wife and me looking at each other, both of us thinking, “Could it be more perfect than this?” Pianist Daniel Hsu’s vivid and heartfelt performances of the Chopin Sonata No. 2, in particular the Funeral March, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition were electrifying for all. I think most of us could easily imagine that we were in and walking through the Exhibition. And then we got to experience the sensitive and exquisite guitar of Ana Vidovic, who put meaning into every musical phrase. Bach’s Flute Partita transcribed for guitar, Tárrega’s Recuerdos, Barrios’ La Catedral, and of course her by-popular-demand encore, Ibanez’ Asturias, were each a highlight. And well before those concerts were the dynamic Zodiac Trio’s version of Andrew List’s Klezmer Fantasie, which opened the season with a bang, and Tempesta di Mare’s passionate performances of the baroque music that Telemann composed during his visit to Paris. Lastly, Giordano Dance Chicago’s dazzling display of athleticism and beauty in jazz dancing had many in the full house gasping for breath at times. My favorite dancer was 37-year old Maeghan McHale, the reluctant siren in “Sidecar”, who has just retired. Finally, we had the season finale by the Honolulu Brass Quintet on Tuesday, May 7.

Next season promises to be another extraordinary one, full of the variety that you expect. The season is not yet fully set, but we know that two highlights will be the Camerata Chamber Music Ensemble of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and a return performance by one of the finest piano trio’s in the world, Trio Con Brio, which will be celebrating its 20th season. We also will present Van Cliburn finalist Rachel Cheung, who won the award at that competition for “AudienceFavorite,” and the Baltimore Consort, who will perform early traditional instrumental and vocal music from Scotland. We are nearing a final agreement with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, who last performed here thirteen seasons ago and would bring the best of classical-contemporary ballet to Hilo. Others whom we are likely to present are the Zaide String Quartet from France and two of our favorite pianists, Soyeon Lee and Ran Dank, performing both solo and four hands repertoire.

To organize and present each season takes time and effort, which our governing board and committee chairpersons (all volunteers) are only too happy to provide. It also takes financial contributions to help cover artists' fees and travel expenses, production costs, insurance, and other expenses. Our members play an essential role here, providing a financial platform upon which each season is based. Your support also accomplishes two other important objectives:  keeping ticket prices low so more of our community can afford to attend and helping to cover the costs of bringing our artists into contact with students via master classes, workshops, and educational performances.

In making a commitment to present some of the world’s finest artists in the coming season, we trust that your tax-deductible membership contributions will help provide what is required. So, if you are a member of HCS, please renew now and consider a larger contribution.  For you who are not yet members, consider the investment that you will be making in the cultural health and growth of East Hawai`i, the message that your membership sends to family and friends, and the satisfaction you will have in knowing that you have made a significant contribution to our community.  Please respond positively and generously.

On behalf of the entire board, Mahalo!

Thomas R. Geballe,

Aloha Members and Friends,