‘ TRI­UMPH AND DE­SIRE’

KA­MUELA PHIL­HAR­MONIC OR­CHES­TRA OPENS 13TH CON­CERT SEA­SON SUN­DAY

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The Ka­muela Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra opens its 13 sea­son with “Tri­umph and De­sire” at 4 p.m. Sun­day at Kahilu Theatre in Waimea.

The or­ches­tra, led by Mae­stro Brian Dollinger, will per­form the or­ches­tral mas­ter­piece Sym­phony No. 5 in E mi­nor, op. 64 by Py­otr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, which has come to sym­bol­ize the com­poser’s tri­umph over dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances. Round­ing out the pro­gram are the Fan­fare La Peri by Paul Dukas, Ada­gio from Spar­ta­cus by Aram Khacha­turian, and Suite No. 1 from Car­men by Ge­orges Bizet — mu­si­cal se­lec­tions that il­lus­trate the power of love and de­sire.

Dollinger has brought a con­cert ex­pe­ri­ence to Hawaii Is­land that is not only re­laxed and fam­ily friendly but true to the very na­ture of great sym­phonic per­for­mances. Each per­for­mance in­cludes pop­u­lar and well-known melodies or en­tire works that ev­ery au­di­ence mem­ber is sure to rec­og­nize.

The con­cert will be­gin with a bois­ter­ous welcome to the new con­cert

sea­son with a per­for­mance of Dukas’s fan­fare from his bal­let La Peri. Dukas is a com­poser ev­ery lis­tener will know as his mu­sic was uti­lized for the iconic Mickey Mouse cartoon in Dis­ney’s Fan­ta­sia — The Sor­cerer’s Ap­pren­tice. This fan­fare will be the per­fect start to this per­for­mance.

The or­ches­tra will then bring to life some of the most mem­o­rable melodies from the opera Car­men by Bizet. Two of the most beloved and rec­og­niz­able arias in all of the op­er­atic lit­er­a­ture — Haben­era and Tore­ador — are fea­tured in this multi-move­ment work. Bizet’s opera has re­ceived much ac­claim for the skill with which it dis­plays the emo­tions and suf­fer­ings of its char­ac­ters. After his death, Bizet’s friend, Ernest Guiraud, com­piled the two multi-move­ment suites of mu­sic drawn from this opera.

Khacha­turian, a Soviet Ar­me­nian com­poser and con­duc­tor, was the au­thor of the first Ar­me­nian sym­phony, as well as con­certi, bal­let mu­sic, and film scores. He is best known for the mu­sic he com­posed for the bal­lets, Gayane and Spar­ta­cus. The bal­let score to Spar­ta­cus, with its lively rhythms and strong en­ergy, aptly dra­ma­tizes the strug­gles of Spar­ta­cus and his wife, but it is the heart­felt Ada­gio, which the KPO will be pre­sent­ing in this per­for­mance, a love theme which has been used in sev­eral films, which has come to sym­bol­ize their undy­ing de­vo­tion de­spite any ob­sta­cles.

The fi­nale of Tri­umph and De­sire will be the fate­ful and tri­umphant Sym­phony No. 5 by Tchaikovsky. Tchaikovsky’s tal­ent was rec­og­nized from an early age, and de­spite his fi­nan­cial and artis­tic strug­gles, anx­i­ety over ho­mo­sex­ual ten­den­cies ( pun­ish­able by death in his time), and a dis­as­trous mar­riage, with the help of wealthy ad­mir­ers, he man­aged to be­come a very suc­cess­ful teacher, mu­sic critic, and com­poser. The spon­sor­ship of Tsar Alexan­der I led to the wide­spread pop­u­lar­ity of Tchaikovsky’s com­po­si­tions, in­clud­ing the 1812 Over­ture and the opera Eu­gene One­gin, both in Rus­sia and abroad. His bal­lets, in­clud­ing Swan Lake, The Sleep­ing Beauty, and The Nutcracker be­came au­di­ence fa­vorites and set new stan­dards for the role of mu­sic in clas­si­cal bal­let. When his fame as a com­poser grew out­side of Rus­sia, Tchaikovsky con­quered life­long stage fright to be­come a sought-after in­ter­na­tional guest con­duc­tor. He used his fame to pro­mote Rus­sian mu­sic, in­tro­duc­ing his own works and those of other Rus­sian com­posers to wider au­di­ences.

Tick­ets cost $43/$28/$23 and are avail­able for pur­chase on­line at www.ka­mue­laphil.org or www.kahi­luthe­atre.org, by call­ing 885-6868, or at the the­ater’s box of­fice, 67-1186 Lind­sey Road in Waimea, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day.

Info: Visit www. kahi­luthe­atre.org.--

SPE­CIAL TO WEST HAWAII TO­DAY COUR­TESY PHOTO/

The Ka­muela Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra opens its 13 sea­son with “Tri­umph and De­sire” at 4 p.m. on Sun­day at Kahilu Theatre in Waimea.

The or­ches­tra is led by Mae­stro Brian Dollinger.

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