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Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Announces 2014-2015 Halekulani Masterworks Season

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) has announced the 2014-2015 Halekulani Masterworks Season, which opens Saturday, September 13, 50 years to the day after the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall’s formal opening in 1964, which also featured the Symphony. To celebrate the thousands of classical, pops, education, opera and ballet performances that have made up so much of the HSO's history at the Blaisdell, the program will feature two of the works performed at the 1964 premiere, Tchaikovsky's Overture-Fantasy to Romeo and Juliet and selections from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night's Dream. Both works were chosen for the 1964 concert to mark the 400th birthday of William Shakespeare.

Young Slack Key Guitar Virtuoso Performs at Hawaii State Library

Young Slack Key Guitar Virtuoso Performs at Hawaii State Library

Danny Carvalho, one of Hawaii’s youngest slack key guitar virtuosos and a 2009 Na Hoku Hanohano Award nominee, will present a free concert at the Hawaii State Library on Saturday, August 23 at noon in the Lobby.

In addition to his slack key artistry, Carvalho is known for his soulful singing of both traditional and contemporary favorites.  This young and rising star has achieved many musical milestones including: the first slack key player to be featured on the nationally-syndicated program “From The Top” in 2004, two appearances on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” in 2006 and 2011, Na Hoku Hanohano Award nominee in 2009 for his CD “Somewhere” in the “Slack Key Album of the Year” category, and his music was featured in Alexander Payne’s Academy Award-winning film “The Descendants.”

Ardente Duo's Return to Atherton August 31 Features Franck’s Sonata for Violin & Piano

Ardente Duo's Return to Atherton August 31 Features Franck’s Sonata for Violin & Piano

On Sunday, August 31, at 4:00 p.m., the Ardente Duo (violinist Darel Stark and pianist Sachi P. Hirakouji) fill the Atherton Performing Arts Studio with arguably one of the finest works for violin and piano ever written, César Franck’s soaring Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major. The program also includes works by Beethoven, Edward Elgar, and Eugène Ysaÿe. The concert gives audiences a rare opportunity to enjoy the Atherton’s magnificent Bösendorfer grand piano. Reservations may be made online at www.hprtickets.org or by calling the station (955-8821) during regular business hours. Tickets for the Ardente Duo’s afternoon of chamber music are $30 general, $25 for HPR members, and $15 for students with ID. The Atherton Studio is located at Hawai‘i Public Radio Plaza, 738 Kaheka Street.

Ardente Duo's Return to Atherton August 31 Features Franck’s Sonata for Violin & Piano

Ardente Duo's Return to Atherton August 31 Features Franck’s Sonata for Violin & Piano

On Sunday, August 31, at 4:00 p.m., the Ardente Duo (violinist Darel Stark and pianist Sachi P. Hirakouji) fill the Atherton Performing Arts Studio with arguably one of the finest works for violin and piano ever written, César Franck’s soaring Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major. The program also includes works by Beethoven, Edward Elgar, and Eugène Ysaÿe. The concert gives audiences a rare opportunity to enjoy the Atherton’s magnificent Bösendorfer grand piano. Reservations may be made online at www.hprtickets.org or by calling the station (955-8821) during regular business hours. Tickets for the Ardente Duo’s afternoon of chamber music are $30 general, $25 for HPR members, and $15 for students with ID. The Atherton Studio is located at Hawai‘i Public Radio Plaza, 738 Kaheka Street.

Pearlridge celebrates new farmers' market stamp with giveaway of 250 sheets on Saturday 8/16

Pearlridge celebrates new farmers' market stamp with giveaway of 250 sheets on Saturday 8/16

By: Jacquelyn Tacotaco

On Saturday, Aug 16, Pearlridge Center will be giving away one sheet of the new U.S. Postal Service Farmers’ Market stamps worth $9.80 to the first 250 customers at the Pearlridge Farmers’ Market. To receive a sheet, a customer must shop at five different market vendors and complete a birthday passport, which will be available at the RevoluSun tent.

Library for Blind & Physically Handicapped Closes for Tent Fumigation Starting Aug. 15

Library for Blind & Physically Handicapped Closes for Tent Fumigation Starting Aug. 15

The Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (LBPH) will close temporarily for a pre-scheduled tent fumigation project beginning Friday, August 15. 

In addition, the Library’s popular Radio Reading Service for registered patrons will be off-the-air starting August 14 at 4 p.m. through Tuesday, August 19.  The service will return to the air-waves on Wednesday, August 20 with a modified program of live reading of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.  Recordings of grocery advertisements will follow.   

An announcement will be made when the Library is scheduled to reopen.  

 

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Observe Statehood Day Holiday August 15

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Observe Statehood Day Holiday August 15

All public libraries will be closed in observance of the Statehood Day 2014 Holiday on Friday, August 15.

Four libraries normally closed on Fridays – Aiea Public Library, Hawaii Kai Public Library, Liliha Public Library, and Makawao Public Library – will also be closed on Saturday, August 16 to observe the holiday. 

Please visit the HSPLS website at www.librarieshawaii.org or call your local library for public service hours.