Neal S. Blaisdell Center - Waikiki Shell
Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sarah Hicks present, Gershwin, featuring jazz pianist Aaron Diehl at Waikiki Shell on Saturday, June 11th 2022. Grab some tickets now and spend your pau hana and post-beach sunsets under a magical star lit night with Hawai'i's very own Sarah Hicks as she conducts Gershwin. American pianist and composer, George Gershwin, wrote compositions that spanned both popular and classical genres. Among his best-known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue from 1924 and An American in Paris from 1928, the songs "Swanee" from 1919.
Sarah Hicks may have been born in Tokyo, Japan, but she was raised right here in Honolulu, HI. Her versatile and vibrant musicianship has secured her place as an in-demand conductor across an array of genres, and has seen collaborations with diverse artists, from Hilary Hahn and Dmitiri Hvorostovsky to Rufus Wainwright, Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson. During the summer of 2011 she toured with Sting as conductor of his Symphonicities Tour, and her passion for cross-genre partnerships led to an album with rap artist Dessa and the Minnesota Orchestra, in 2019.
As a highly sought-after guest conductor, Hicks has worked extensively both in the States and abroad, with notable ensembles including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Dallas Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, RTE (Dublin) Orchestra, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, and Malaysian Philharmonic, among others.
Jazz pianist Aaron Diehl is considered a jazz virtuoso and composer. He is one of the youngest artists to become a Monterey Jazz Festival Commission Artist, which he achieved in 2014. He received the Jazz Journalists Association Award for Up-And-Coming Artist in 2013, the Prix du Jazz Classique for his album, Live at the Players, in 2012 and was the winner of the 2011 Cole Porter Fellowship from the American Pianists Association. Aaron has appeared at such celebrated international venues as The Barbican, Ronnie Scott’s, Elbphilharmonie and Philharmonie de Paris, as well as domestic mainstays Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Village Vanguard and Walt Disney Hall. Jazz Festival appearances comprise performances at Detroit, Newport, Atlanta and Monterey. His orchestral performances include hits at New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra.