Kamuela Philharmonic announces 2019-20 MasterWorks Season

  • Brian Dollinger leads the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Brian Dollinger. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)
  • The Kamuela Philharmonic’s 2019-20 MasterWorks season will feature three Sunday matinee performances slated Oct. 6, Jan. 26, 2020, and March 22, 2020. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

WAIMEA — The Kamuela Philharmonic’s 2019-20 MasterWorks season, Brian Dollinger’s fourth as artistic director and conductor, will feature the broadest spectrum of the symphonic repertoire.

Waimea’s Kahilu Theatre will host the orchestra’s three Sunday matinee performances slated Oct. 6, Jan. 26, 2020, and March 22, 2020.


“The 2019-20 MasterWorks season of the Kamuela Philharmonic is going to be a season that brings all of Hawaii together for great symphonic music. The upcoming season features Hawaiian guest artists, young virtuosos, the most famous of piano concertos, the most iconic Russian concert suite, and some of the most famous pieces inspired by literary works. There will be music for every listener, every experience level, and every age,” Dollinger said.

This season, the concerts will begin at 2 p.m. instead of 4 p.m.

“We feel this change to the schedule will provide attendees with more enjoyable driving conditions — for those traveling from afar — as well as the fantastic opportunity to patronize some of our island’s fine local dining establishments, either before or after the performances,” said Board President Kevin Fenner. “We are always looking for ways to improve the experience around our concerts, and we feel this is a change will do that.”

In the season opener, “Yee &Tchaikovsky” on Oct. 6, critically acclaimed virtuoso pianist Thomas Yee of Honolulu joins the KPO as a guest soloist for Tchaikovsky’s iconic Piano Concerto No.1. Also included in the program is Sibelius Symphony No. 2.

The winter concert, “Innocent Beginnings,” on Jan. 26, 2010, showcases the talented winners of KPO’s ninth annual “Madeline Schatz-Harris Youth Concerto Competition” as they perform their winning concertos with the Orchestra. This concert also features Beethoven’s Overture to “Fidelio”— Beethoven’s first and only opera, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1.

During the season finale, the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra will feature symphonic works inspired by literary greats in “Literature Comes to Life” on March 22, 2020. This concert combines contemporary music with movie music, and folklore with Shakespeare. Think “The Firebird,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Lord of the Rings,” and more.

Season subscriptions are available for the 2019-20 MasterWorks season at Kahilu Theatre. Season subscribers receive discounts on tickets, early access to reserve their preferred seats for every concert in the season, and more.


Season Subscriptions are on sale through Oct. 5. Full-price individual concert tickets go on sale to the public Aug. 15.

Info: Visit www.kamuelaphil.org.

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