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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, April 18, 2001

Symphony planning 7-program pops season

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Editor

 •  Hawaiian Airlines Pops Series

2001-2002 Honolulu Symphony series, conducted by Matt Catingub.

Performances at: 7:30 p.m., at Blaisdell Concert Hall.

Season tickets: $350, $259, $203, $161, $119 (service fees included), on sale at the box office, 605 Iwilei Road, Suite 202.

Single tickets: Not available till August. Charge by phone: 792-2000 (9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays), 524-0815, ext. 2246 (5:30-8:30 p.m. weekdays).

Award-winning national and Island artists — Christopher Cross, Take 6, Rosemary Clooney, Glen Campbell, Keali'i Reichel, Na Leo, Robi Kahakalau, Henry Kapono — will add stardust to the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra's 2001-2002 Hawaiian Airlines Pops Season starting this fall.

Pops conductor Matt Catingub takes the baton to launch the new pops season, composed of seven diverse programs.

"We have worked tirelessly to create something unique in Honolulu, a symphony orchestra that is truly for the people of the community," Catingub said. Audiences, he said, have overwhelmingly supported the pops series, "and our efforts have resulted in record attendance the last two years."

Catingub has established the pop slate with vigor over the past couple of seasons. Among the earlier triumphs: Kenny Loggins, Al Jarreau, Michael McDonald, Roberta Flack and Diana Krall, who is returning.

The new season schedule also promises winners:

  • Oct. 5, 6: Christopher Cross, five-time Grammy winner and Academy Award winner ("Arthur's Theme: The Best That You Can Do"). His other hits include "Sailing," "Ride Like the Wind"; the Honolulu appearance will be Cross' first orchestral concert.
  • Oct. 26, 27: Take 6, winner of seven Grammys, five Doves (gospel music awards), Best Jazz Vocal Group (Downbeat's Readers' and Critics' Poll).
  • Nov. 16, 17: Rosemary Clooney, with Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack; Clooney is a veteran pop and jazz singer, whose legendary hits include "Come On-a My House," "Mambo Italiano" and "Hey, There." To younger audiences, she is known as George "ER" Clooney's aunt. Catingub is the Big Kahuna of the supporting band.
  • Dec. 14, 15: Na Leo Pilimehana, featuring Nalani Choy, Angela Morales and Lehua Kalima Heine. The Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning trio will be making its Christmas debut with the orchestra, with whom it has previously performed in the pops series but not in the holiday slot.
  • Jan. 18, 19: Henry Kapono and Robi Kahakalau; both are former Na Hoku winners with a wide Island following. Both also have alliances with groups — Kapono's is Cecilio & Kapono, Kahakalau's is the Hawaiian Style Band.
  • March 22, 23: Glen Campbell, the "Rhinestone Cowboy," has been a pops and country sensation for three decades. His hits include "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Galveston," "Gentle on My Mind" and "Southern Nights."
  • April 12, 13: Keali'i Reichel, a premiere Hawai'i recording artist, singer, composer, kumu hula, educator and language expert who has infiltrated the Billboard World Music Charts. His landmark albums include "Kawaipunahele," "Lei Hali'a," and "Melelana."