(Hawaii News Now) - The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra today announced it is presenting its first "Pops" concert this spring with a performance of "Star Wars and More: The Best of John Williams." Stuart Chafetz will conduct the special, one-performance show at the Blaisdell Concert Hall on Friday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. The excitement of Tinseltown will come alive with music from "Star Wars," "E.T.," "Schindler's List," "Jaws," "Harry Potter," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and more.
Chafetz is a conductor with an affable podium demeanor and a keen sense of audience engagement. He is well known to Hawaii audiences and has become a sought-after pops conductor on the mainland. Chafetz will be on the podium this season in Baltimore, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Columbus and in many other cities. He previously held posts as Resident Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra. Chafetz was also the principal timpanist of the Honolulu Symphony for 20 years.
"We are very excited to have Stuart bring his great pops program home to Honolulu," said HSO Executive Director Jonathan Parrish. "We think the audience will be delighted to see our musicians perform some non-classical classics." Tickets range from $27 to $71 and go on sale Friday at 9 a.m. at the Blaisdell Box Office, online at www.HawaiiSymphonyOrchestra.org or by phone at (800) 745-3000.
HSO's six-concert Halekulani Masterworks Spring 2014 series begins March 16 with an all-Beethoven concert.
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