Posted on: Saturday, August 11, 2007
A new Honolulu pops season: Toyota title sponsor; 3 venues
By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Writer
Maestro Matt Catingub leads Honolulu's pops series.
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The Honolulu Symphony's pops concert series has a title sponsor this season, Toyota.
So the orchestra's Honolulu Pops concerts, beginning the 10th season, will be known as the Toyota Pops, still under the baton of pops maestro Matt Catingub.
For the first time, programs will be staged in three venues — Blaisdell Concert Hall, Blaisdell Arena and the Waikiki Shell.
"As we observe our 50th anniversary representing Toyota here in Hawai'i, our Toyota dealers are celebrating by promoting the music of our time: the Honolulu Symphony Pops," said Glenn K. Inouye, senior vice president of Servco, in a statement. Servo has been a longtime symphony booster in the past, via its Lexus dealership.
Three Dog Night, 8 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, and 3 p.m. Sept. 2, at Blaisdell Concert Hall. Featuring the group known for "Joy to the World," "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" and "Black and White."
The "Lost" Symphony, 8 p.m. Sept. 22, at the Waikiki Shell. Featuring the epic musical score of the filmed-in-the-Islands ABC hit.
A Motown Christmas with The Four Tops and The Spinners, at 8 p.m. Dec. 7-8, Blaisdell Arena. Featuring Motown hit-makers and originators of such classics as "Baby I Need Your Loving," "Reach Out I'll Be There," "I Can't Help Myself," "I'll Be Around," "Working My Way Back to You" and "Then Came You."
Burt Bacharach, at 8 p.m. Jan. 4-5 and 3 p.m. Jan. 6, Blaisdell Concert Hall. Featuring the composer and conductor and co-creator (with Hal David) of such immortal favorites as "Walk on By," "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," "What the World Needs Now Is Love," "The Look of Love," "Always Something There to Remind Me," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" and "That's What Friends Are For."
Kenny G, at 8 p.m. March 15 and 3 p.m. March 16, Blaisdell Concert Hall. Featuring the award-winning jazz saxophonist.
The Golden Age of Hawaii, at 8 p.m. April 4-5, at Blaisdell Concert Hall. Featuring a retrospective of Island music from a bygone era, showcasing the works of R. Alex Anderson ("Haole Hula," "Lovely Hula Hands"), Charles E. King ("Na Lei O Hawai'i") and the hits of Alfred Apaka ("My Isle of Golden Dreams").
Keali'i Reichel, at 8 p.m. April 25-26 and 3 p.m. April 27, Blaisdell Concert Hall. Featuring the Maui-based kumu hula and performer, known for a long list of hits including "Kawaipunahele."
Tickets are $14 to $79, available at 792-2000 or online at www.honolulusymphony.com.
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