April 2, 2023

Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra’s Gardens of Spain features, Manuel de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain, and Strauss’s Don Juan

Pianist Joyce Yang
Pianist Joyce Yang

HONOLULU (March 3, 2016) — The Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra (HSO) continues its statewide concert series in March with “Gardens of Spain” featuring Maestro Joel Revzen and pianist Joyce Yang at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center onFriday, March 11 at 7:30 pm and at O‘ahu’s Blaisdell Concert Hall on Saturday, March 12 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 13 at 4 pm.

This stellar concert event includes, Manuel de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain, Ginastera’s Danzas Argentinas, Bizet’s Suite No. 2 from Carmen, and Strauss’s dazzling Don Juan. The Blaisdell concerts will also include Chabrier’s celebratory, Espana. Tickets are on sale now.

Inspired by lush palace gardens, folk tunes, romantic landscapes, and dancing late into the night, “Gardens of Spain” is an intoxicating program infused with Spanish culture. Yang will enchant concertgoers with her performance of Manuel de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain (Noches en los jardines de España), a set of three “symphonic impressions” for piano and orchestra. A flight of fancy, each of its three movements recalls a specific garden: the first for its elegant dancing fountain and jasmine-scented breeze, the second for its sensuality, and the third for its “devilishly dramatic” nature that reflects a crisp mountain setting.

Yang will also take center stage in performance of Ginastera’s work for solo piano, Danzas Argentinas, which includes Danza del Viejo Boyero, Danza de la Moza Donosa, Danza del Gaucho Matrero. The Danzas celebrate the word of gauchos—cowboys—who could often dance as well as they could ride.

As part of its mission to serve the entire state of Hawai’i, bringing world-class artists and programs to O‘ahu and beyond, the HSO is honored to return to Maui with Rezven and Yang. Critically acclaimed as “the most gifted young pianist of her generation” with a “million-volt stage presence,” Yang captivates audiences around the globe with her stunning virtuosity combined with heartfelt lyricism and interpretive sensitivity.

HSO neighbor island concerts are made possible thanks to the Hawai’i State Foundation of Culture and the Arts, through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai’I and The Atherton Family Foundation. Outlets of Maui Lahaina are a sponsor of the March 11th concert.

Maestro Joel Revzen is an award-winning conductor who leads symphony and opera performances throughout North America and Europe. Revzen is artistic director and conductor of Classical Tahoe, which had its inaugural season in 2012. In the 2014/15 season, Revzen celebrated his tenth season on the conducting staff of the Metropolitan Opera, serving as assistant conductor for the production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk, and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. His active recording career includes two releases with the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as critically-acclaimed versions of Haydn’s Die Schöpfung and Die Jahreszeiten with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Grammy-award winning The Art of Arleen Auger on which he was both pianist and conductor. Other recordings include the Mendelssohn Double Concerto with the Moscow Symphony, and an all Libby Larsen recording with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and soprano Benita Valente.

Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post) and a “wondrous sense of color” (San Francisco Classical Voice), pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences across the globe with her virtuosity, lyricism and magnetic stage presence. At just 27, she has established herself as one of the leading artists of her generation through her innovative solo recitals and collaborations with the world’s top orchestras. In 2010 she received an Avery Fisher Career Grant, one of classical music’s most prestigious accolades.

Yang came to international attention in 2005 when she won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The youngest contestant, she took home two additional awards: the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for Best Performance of Chamber Music (with the Takàcs Quartet) and the Beverley Taylor Smith Award for Best Performance of a New Work. Since her spectacular debut, Yang has blossomed into an “astonishing artist” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung), and she continues to appear with orchestras around the world. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, and BBC Philharmonic (among many others), working with such distinguished conductors as Edo de Waart, Lorin Maazel, James Conlon, Leonard Slatkin, David Robertson, Bramwell Tovey, and Jaap van Zweden.

Maui Tickets: Tickets range from $32 to $82 and are available through the Maui Arts & Cultural Center online or in person at their box office. Half-price tickets in all categories are available for students with ID. (Must show ID at box office to purchase.)

O‘ahu Tickets: Tickets range from $34 to $92 and are available at the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra Box Office at HiSymphony.org or by calling (808) 94-MUSIC – (808) 946-8742 from Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. HSO advance sales end at noon on Friday, March 11, but are available through the Blaisdell Box Office until concert time.

O‘ahu Student & Military Discounts:

  • Student tickets: $13 rush tickets available for any seat, beginning Monday, March 7.
  • Active Duty Military tickets: $20 rush tickets available for any seat, beginning Monday, March 7.

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.

For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.HawaiiSymphonyOrchestra.org. Share your Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra experience with the #HawaiiSymphony hashtag. Facebook: www.facebook.com/HawaiiSymphony

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