Cirque de la Symphonie Flies High With The Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra

March 30, 2015 9:55 PM

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"Ladies and Gentlemen!" The orchestra rose to their feet as the last of their bold notes danced off the curved walls and undulated ceiling of the concert hall. "Ladies and gentlemen!" exclaimed Stuart Chafetz with a showman's bravado. His smile was a wide, warm beam lighting a friendly face. "Ladies and gentlemen, I proudly present to you, your hometown orchestra!" The conductor's hand was outstretched to include all of those now standing behind him. Each holding their instrument, they assembled every age and race. "Your hometown orchestra, the Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra!"

The applause was a loud, fast roar, a surprise that turned me around. A wide sea of faces was rising, standing. Shiny eyes, bright smiles and flashing hands reflected the lights from the stage. Against the back wall stood those who could not get a seat to the sold-out performance. The balcony, swoll...

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