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A Letter from the President of the HCS

Aloha Friends,    

Welcome to the 55th season of fine music and dance presented by the Hawai`i Concert Society. Eight performances are scheduled, all at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center and all beginning at 7:30 pm.* As usual, our season features great artists from around the world. By ordering your tickets now, you will guarantee that you and yours will be in attendance at your choice of events, at substantial savings over concert night and outlet prices. The season opens in late September somewhat unusually with exquisite traditional dance from Okinawa, performed by dancers and musicians from that archipelago's prestigious University of the Arts. It then continues in the fall with two chamber music concerts, by the intriguingly named Wayward Sisters (performing an equally intriguingly titled concert of Baroque music, "Music by Braggarts, Hotheads, Curmudgeons and Snobs") and by the young but already renowned Dover String Quartet.

In the new year we will welcome back three artists from previous seasons.

Two of these, the Eroica Trio and pianist Steven Osborne, last performed in Hilo two decades ago, so may be unfamiliar to our younger audience. Both have been enjoying highly successful careers and we look forward to hearing them as fully mature artists. The third, Welsh-born soprano Rachel Schutz, delighted our audience six seasons ago and is sure to do so again. Distinguished pianist and co-Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of New York's Lincoln Center, Wu Han, also will grace our season, this time performing with musicians from Chamber Music Hawai`i; their concert will feature Dohnanyi's C minor Piano Quintet, which not only was highly praised by Brahms, but sounds in places to me like it was composed by him. Finally England's spectacularly talented Eden Stell Guitar Duo will take us on an extended trip from the Baroque compositions of Rameau and Couperin through the 20th century music of Mompou, Sarayan, and Poulenc.

Season tickets are great bargains - a 20% discount off box office prices. If you do not wish to or cannot

attend all of the concerts, you may custom-design your own mini-series of at least four of them, at a 10% savings. You may also add extra tickets at these prices to your order. Or you may order tickets for fewer than four concerts at box office prices at this time. Our tickets make great gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, etc. Order now to be sure that you do not miss what will be a most memorable 2016-2017 season.


Thomas R. Geballe, President

* At the final concert of last season I queried the audience about the possibility of changing the starting times for some or all of the this season's concerts. After reviewing the responses we received and after discussion, the board decided to retain the same starting time of 7:30 pm for all concerts in the coming season. We thank everyone who provided opinions and are sorry that we are unable to satisfy everyone.

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