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This holiday season, give the gift of music with tickets to the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra! From the traditional classics with the Halekulani Masterworks to the popular films in concert, there’s something for everyone. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is with Scott Harrison and Chris Cabrera to talk more about the year’s upcoming shows.

The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra is a few months into its 8th season, and some shows have already sold out.

“We’re programming patron favorites such as Vivaldi’s Four Seasons as well as some incredible finds such as Danny Elfman’s violin concerto, and the most recent Halekulani Masterworks featuring our very own Principal Oboist Scott Janusch performing an original piece composed by local composer Jon Magnussen,” Harrison says.

The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra is also elevating the experience by making concerts more social with its Date Night Saturday masterworks. That includes two tickets to the concert, dinner and drinks for two before the show — along with a small box of chocolates.

You won’t only find classical music at the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. On New Year’s Eve, you can see the Music of ABBA at Hawaii Theatre. A group of four singers and their band will perform with the entire Hawaii Symphony Orchestra fan favorites such as Mamma Mia and Dancing Queen. It’s a great way to kick off New Year’s Eve!

At the end of January, check out Star Wars: A New Hope in concert. The entire original 1977 version of Star Wars is projected on screen while the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra performs the incredible music of John Williams live.

On February 28, for one night only Tony- and Grammy-nominated Michael Cavanaugh will perform The Music of Billy Joel. While Cavanaugh has performed on stage more than 1,300 times, he was also hand-picked by Billy Joel to be the lead performer of Movin’ Out. After that on March 27, Jim Curry will be here performing the Music of John Denver. He’ll be singing favorites such as Rocky Mountain High, Take Me Home Country Roads and Annie’s Song.

“The final musicthatPOPS concert that I’m excited for the HSO to perform is Blockbuster Scores from TV and Film. Patrons will experience the music from favorite shows in a completely new way,” Harrison says. “Thrilling scores from hit shows and films like Lost, Downton Abbey, X-Files, Game of Thrones, X-Men: The Last Stand, Wonder Woman, Star Trek and many more.”

As a non-profit, the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra partners with other non-profits on the island. This year, it’s working with Back to School Hawaii for Toy Drive and Hawaii Foodbank for a Food Drive.

“December 2-9, if you bring in an unwrapped gift for a child aged 5-16 valued at around $25, we’ll give you a Buy One Get One ticket for any Halekulani Masterworks or musicthatPOPS concert. Then December 9-13, if you bring in a bag of food, we’ll offer the same Buy One Get One ticket,” Harrison explains.

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