Wednesday, December 7
Blaisdell Concert Hall
Free, General Admission
The Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra will hold a free concert on Wednesday, December 7 to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The purpose of the concert is to
memorialize the victims of the attack, as well as to salute all who served and survive today. Maestro Rob Fisher will conduct.
The program includes music by Barber, Copland, Gould, John Williams, and Dvorak.
Copland – Fanfare for the Common Man
Barber – Adagio for Strings
Gould – American Salute
John Williams – Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan
Dvorak – Largo “Going Home” From New World Symphony
Admission is free
If you would like to make a donation in support of this concert or a loved one, please contact us at (808) 380-7723 or make your gift online.
Donations may also be presented at the concert. We appreciate your support and hope that you join us for this very special event.
The concert is approximately 60 minutes and will not include an intermission. The event also takes place on the same day as the
Honolulu Farmer’s Market, parking is free.
Rob Fisher is an internationally recognized music director, conductor and pianist, and a leading figure in American music and musical theatre. He has been a guest of virtually every major orchestra in the country as conductor or pianist.With the New York Philharmonic, he has conducted the acclaimed concert versions of Carousel and My Fair Lady as well as Mr. Keillor at 70. Other recent highlights include debuts with the Boston and Chicago Symphonies and appearances with the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the San Francisco, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and National symphonies. At Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, he led gala performances of Guys and Dolls and The Sound of Music. He conducted The New York Pops on many occasions, sharing concerts with the late Skitch Henderson. As a pianist, Fisher has been soloist for Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Concerto in F with orchestras across the country.
In addition to collaborating in concert with such artists as Renée Fleming, Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O’Hara, Victoria Clark, Idina Menzel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and David Hyde Pierce, he has conducted Patti LuPone’s engagements with the Pacific, Phoenix, Atlanta, Fort Worth, and Chicago symphonies. He conducted the San Francisco Symphony in the Emmy-winning concert production of Sweeney Todd starring Patti LuPone and George Hearn. At the Chicago Lyric Opera, he led the record-breaking production of The Sound of Music.
Fisher was founding music director and conductor of the New York City Center Encores! series from its inception in 1994 until 2005. The series earned a 2000 Tony Award, and in 1997, Fisher was given the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Special Achievement. He continues to be a regular guest music director for the series. Fisher has made numerous recordings for Encores!, including the Grammy Award-winning Chicago cast album. He is supervising music director for Chicago productions worldwide, and adapted and arranged the score for the current Broadway production of An American in Paris.
Fisher was music director for the New York Shakespeare Festival’s revival of Hair in Central Park, and was music supervisor for its Tony-winning run on Broadway. He served as music supervisor for the recent Tony-winning Broadway revival of Anything Goes. His Carouselwith the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall was broadcast on PBS Live From Lincoln Center and earned him an Emmy nomination. He was music director and conductor for “Ira Gershwin at 100,” a gala concert at Carnegie Hall, which was broadcast on PBS “Great Performances,” and he appeared twice on the PBS series “In Performance at the White House” during the Clinton administration.
Fisher has a long association with Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series as a producer and music director, creating tributes to the Gershwins, Bernstein, Cole Porter, and Kander and Ebb. The Porter program was also presented at the Ravinia Festival, and the Kander and Ebb evening was broadcast on Live From Lincoln Center. He has also made many appearances as music director for the Lyrics and Lyricists series at New York’s 92nd Street Y, often with his friend Sheldon Harnick as host. Fisher conducted the 2011 world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Rappahannock County at the Virginia Opera, followed by performances in Richmond, VA and Austin, TX. For four seasons, Fisher was music director for Garrison Keillor’s “American Radio Company,” and remains a frequent guest on “A Prairie Home Companion.” A native Virginian, he lives in Manhattan and upstate New York.
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