Entering our Twelfth Season ~ Exciting Changes Ahead

August 4, 2015


The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra is moving forward on plans for an exciting new season, with concerts featuring the final three contestants in their search for a new artistic director.  Dr. Madeline Schatz-Harris, the orchestra’s founder, announced her departure for the mainland during the 2014-2015 season, and since then the orchestra board has appraised more than 90 applications from highly qualified candidates all over the world, interviewed 13 semi-finalists, and selected Dr. Brian Dollinger of Morton, Illinois, Dr. David MacKenzie, of New Bedford, Connecticut and Maestro Harvey Felder, of Tacoma, Washington as finalists for the position.  Each of these talented conductors will lead the orchestra in a regular season concert, giving the orchestra and loyal local audiences a chance to continue experiencing quality performances of the music they all love, before a final choice for the group’s new leader is made.

Dr. Dollinger will conduct works by Beethoven, Bizet & Tchaikovsky on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows.  On Sunday, January 17, 2016, at Kahilu Theater, Dr. MacKenzie will lead the group in pieces by Beethoven, Dvorak & Rimsky-Korsakov.  Performances by the winners of the orchestra’s annual concerto competition (now rechristened the Schatz-Harris Concerto Competition, in honor of the group’s founder), will be on the program Sunday, March 20, 2016 at Kahilu Theater.  Along with the concertos, Maestro Felder will conduct music by Liszt and Hanson.

Although the continuing generosity of benefactors such as the Dorrance Family Foundation, Kahilu Theater and Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, as well as many local small businesses, has made it possible for the orchestra survive and grow, more contributions to this effort are always needed.  Fans of the orchestra who would like to maximize their financial help to the group, can do so through their participation in this year’s “Give Aloha” Program.

“Give Aloha”, Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts program, is a great way to really make any donation count. The program, which honors Foodland Super Market, Ltd. founder Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan, continues his legacy of giving back to the community.  Partnering with the Western Union Foundation, Foodland matches all donations up to a total of $325,000.00 each year for all participating non-profit organizations, directing charitable giving efforts towards the programs their customers consider most important.

Like other worthy local 501(c)(3) organizations, the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra

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