Honolulu Symphony Season Opener to Feature Bela Fleck + Guests

Honolulu Symphony Season Opener to Feature Bela Fleck + Guests

Autumn is upon us. If not climatically, at least the calendar says so. Either way, it’s time for the Honolulu Symphony to begin it’s season—and try as they might to get each and every one of us culturally enriched through the usage of multiple woodwinds, strings and tympani.

In the midst of a very challenging year for the Symphony, the powers-that-be are pulling out all the stops. Conductor Andreas Delfs will bring in to the mix three legendary musicians for the opening weekend performance, each of which has a background and breadth of work completely different from the next.

On Saturday, September 19 (at 8:00 p.m.) and Sunday, September 20 (at 4:00 p.m.), Delfs will orchestrate two selections with a little help from banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck, double-bass extremist Edgar Meyer, and master of the tabla Zakir Hussain. The composition is Meyer’s “The Melody of Rhythm – Triple Concerto for Banjo, Double Bass and Tabla”. The work blends Indian classical music, American roots and sweeping orchestral movements that has wowed audiences from Detroit (where the trio first played and recorded the work) to New York.

Originally commissioned by the Nashville Symphony in 2004, Meyer and Fleck mentioned in an interview (at that time) that Hussain would be their dream collaborator to fulfill the project. The wish came true 5 years later.

Fleck, Meyer and Hussain have released a CD featuring the Triple Concerto from the Detroit concert, which was conducted by Leonard Slatkin.

The Honolulu Symphony (and special guests) will also perform additional selections at both performances, including Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 “Italian”, and others.

Tickets for the season opening concerts begin at an incredible $19. They can be purchased at the box office, or by visiting www.HonoluluSymphony.com.

Tickets for the season opening concerts begin at an incredible $19.