O’Riley To Perform Benefit Concert for Honolulu Symphony Musicians

Honolulu Symphony from Honolulu Advertiser

Chamber Music Hawaii and the Musicians of the Honolulu Symphony have announced that Christopher O’Riley will perform a benefit recital on behalf of the Honolulu Symphony musicians on Sunday, November 29, 2009. Christopher was originally scheduled to perform as a soloist with the Honolulu Symphony in concerts at the end of this month, when it was announced that the concerts would be canceled because of the Symphony’s financial problems.

Christopher says, “We live in challenging times for orchestras across the country. As those challenges are addressed, it is hoped that solutions will be found and adjustments made between the musicians and management in a sense of good faith and honesty.” He continues, “I had been looking forward to performing with the Honolulu Symphony at the end of November, but my concerts were among the several November events canceled by the Symphony management, and the Symphony musicians now have no work until at least the end of the calendar year. It is my fervent hope that I will be only one among many in joining together in support of the dedicated musicians of the Honolulu Symphony.”

He will be performing solo works by Beethoven and Chopin, and will be joined by a string quartet of Symphony Musicians for the Schumann Piano Quintet in E flat, Op. 44.

The proceeds from the concert will go to the Symphony musicians’ two support funds, one of which makes interest-free loans available to musicians for emergencies, and the other of which makes funds available to support public performances by Symphony musicians. The two funds are: Honolulu Symphony Musicians (not tax-deductible) and Live Music Awareness – Honolulu Symphony Musicians Fund (tax-deductible). Contributions to either can be sent to Honolulu Symphony Musicians, 949 Kapiolani Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96814.

More information about the benefit performance is available through chambermusichawaii.com.

From the Top will return to Hawaii in January 2010 for two performance tapings for national broadcast on Hawaii Island. The first is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20th at the Kahilu Theatre in Kamuela; the second for Friday, January 22nd in the William Charles Lunalilo Center of the Kamehameha Schools Hawaii in Kea’au, just north of Hilo. Hawaii Public Radio is presenting both events; this is the fourth time that HPR has brought From the Top to Hawaii, and the very first time the show will be taped on Hawaii Island.