KPO Kicks Off its 2018-19 Concert Season with “A Hawai‘i Homecoming”

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On Sunday, October 7, 2018, at 4:00 PM, the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra (KPO), opens its 2018-2019 Concert Season at Kahilu Theatre with a program entitled, “A Hawai‘i Homecoming.” This concert celebrates not only the beginning of the Orchestra’s 14th season but also the return of acclaimed cellist, and Honolulu native, Anthony Arnone to the state of Hawai‘i. Mr. Arnone will perform one of Antonín Dvořák’s most beautiful and famous works—Cello Concerto in B minor.

The Orchestra and its many talented musicians, led by Artistic Director and Conductor, Brian Dollinger, will also be featured in Béla Bartók’s “Rumanian Folk Dances,” and Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major. This virtuosic masterwork by Beethoven is sure to provide an unforgettable conclusion to the KPO’s season opener.

Anthony Arnone – courtesy photo

Mr. Arnone has enjoyed a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, conductor, recording artist, composer, and teacher. He discovered his love of the cello and started studies while attending ‘Iolani School in Honolulu and continued his music studies at the New England Conservatory and San Francisco Conservatory, and completed his master’s degree in Conducting at Wichita State University. Performances as a soloist, chamber musician, and conductor have taken him across the United States, Europe, and Asia to leading concert venues. He is a faculty member at Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, and an associate professor of cello at University of Iowa School of Music.

“A Hawai‘i Homecoming” will not be the first time Mr. Arnone and maestro Dollinger have performed the Dvořák piece together. Dollinger has featured Mr. Arnone with his other orchestras—Clinton Symphony and Muscatine Symphony—in Iowa. Mr. Arnone is exceptionally excited to have the opportunity to play alongside the Kamuela Philharmonic and perform the Dvořák concerto in his home state, with family in attendance.

“When we return to where we grow up, it is a special thing. The homecoming of Mr. Arnone is special not only for him and his family but for me as well,” said KPO Artistic Director and Conductor Brian Dollinger. “Mr. Arnone has been a dear colleague, friend, and cello instructor to my son, Constantine for many years, and I am beyond thrilled to share his amazing musicality, technical prowess, and passionate playing with the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra’s audience.”

If You Go

What: Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra, “A Hawai‘i Homecoming,” featuring Anthony Arnon.
When: Sunday, October 7, 2018, at 4:00 PM
Where: Kahilhu Theatre,  67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela
Admission:  $50 / $40 / $30 / $15.
Information: Tickets may be purchased online at kamuelaphil.org, or through the Kahilu Theatre Box Office by calling 808.885.6868, or visiting in person, Monday–Friday, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.


About the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra
The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra (KPO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing live, high-quality orchestral music to audiences on Hawai‘i Island. KPO celebrates and promotes the timeless beauty of classical music, as well as the rich cultural and musical traditions of the Hawaiian people. The Orchestra is a charitable organization as described in Section 501(c)(3). Those who wish to contribute to this endeavor, either financially or in other ways, are encouraged to contact the KPO either through its website or at P.O. Box 2597, Kamuela, HI 96743.

Season subscriptions for the orchestra’s 2018-19 concert season—which includes “A Hawai‘i Homecoming,” are also available for purchase. KPO season subscribers receive access to the best seats in the theatre at a discounted rate—up to 15%. Season subscriptions are on sale through October 6. More information on the season subscription packages is available on the kamuelaphil.org website.

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