A Classical Christmas celebrates the season with festive masterworks at Hawaii Theatre; features oboist J. Scott Janusch
HONOLULU – The classic sounds of Christmas are the hallmark of a newly-announced joint concert with the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra (HSO) and O‘ahu Choral Society at Hawaii Theatre on Dec. 16 at 7:30 pm.
“A Classical Christmas” promises an evening of holiday music featuring masterpieces by Vivaldi, Handel, and Bach, and the beautiful voices of the O‘ahu Choral Society under the direction of Dr. Esther S. Yoo. Audience members are also warmly invited to sing along to the grande finale of the concert: the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. Tickets for “A Classical Christmas” are on sale now at the Hawaii Theatre Box Office and start from $24.
A highlight of the evening will be HSO Principal Obooist J. Scott Janusch and the Solo pour hautbois(Solo for Oboe) by French Romantic composer Émile Paladilhe. Composed in 1898, the Solo pour hautbois is Paladilhe’s best-known work and a favorite of oboists worldwide. Janusch will also take center stage in performance of Handel’s delightful Oboe Concerto in G Minor. A “magical work of art,” the Oboe Concerto in G Minor was composed in 1703 during Handel’s early years in London and was likely intended for performance on a theatre stage. It is scored for a Baroque orchestra of strings and basso continuo.
“A Classical Christmas” spotlights the O‘ahu Choral Society in performance of the Magnificat in D Major by J.S. Bach. The program also includes a work that is closely associated with the festive season: The Concerto for Four Violins in B Minor by Vivaldi. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the joy of a symphony orchestra and chorus together in concert — and escape the stress of the holiday hustle and bustle — with the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra and O‘ahu Choral Society.
Dr. Esther S. Yoo is the Artistic Director of the Oʻahu Choral Society. She is also Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities at Hawaiʻi Pacific University. A versatile conductor, she has worked extensively with high school, collegiate and professional choirs, including choirs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Hollins University, University of Toronto and at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. She also conducted concerts with Canada’s professional chamber choir, The Elmer Iseler Singers.
A native of Toronto, Canada, Dr. Yoo holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. In addition, Dr. Yoo graduated with an Artist Diploma in piano performance from the Hochschule für Musik in Munich and has studied extensively with Russian pianist Vera Gornostaeva. As a conductor, Dr. Yoo was invited as a conducting fellow at the Oregon Bach Festival and Toronto Bach Festival with Maestro Helmuth Rilling.
Tickets: Tickets are $24, $34, $49, or $65 and are available at the Hawaii Theatre Box Office. A $3 Theatre Restoration Fee will also be added to each ticket. Call the Box Office directly to avoid paying online ticketing fees: (808) 528-0506 or visit in-person at 1130 Bethel Street, Honolulu. To learn more click here.
The Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra was founded in 2011 and made its debut in 2012. The new HSO carries on the legacy of the Honolulu Symphony, which was founded in 1900 and performed for more than a century. The orchestra employs 84 professional musicians and presents classical masterworks, pops, educational and community programs.
The mission of the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra is to present the highest-quality performances of great music, bringing national and international distinction to the orchestra and its community; to delight and educate audiences of all ages and backgrounds, and enhance the cultural vitality and quality of life in these Islands; and to operate in a financially sound manner.
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