Hawaii Symphony Orchestra last Sunday.
Well, the verdict is in. We prefer sitting in Section C of the orchestra (ground floor) to sitting in the nosebleed section of the balcony. No need to climb those arduous stairs. The acoustics were excellent. What I really liked was not having someone’s big head in front of me, blocking my view of the stage. I hope this continues for the rest of the season.
Something new was added: Modern ballet, performed by the Onium Ballet Project. This is a group of talented Hawaii dancers (two men and three women), who danced to Britten’s “Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes.” Great choreography!
As for the music? Awesome! I especially loved the last piece, Ravel’s “Bolero.” Excellent conducting, which was almost “sexy” to watch. I enjoyed seeing the conductor, Stuart Chafetz, actually “feel” and move to the lush music. The audience did, too, rewarding the performance with a standing ovation.
Overall, David and I had a wonderful time at this concert. It was an evening well spent and very gratifying. And, again, no horrible stairs to climb!