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February 28, 2011

Sweet Music

Some local leaders from the private sector are visiting with outside experts on the possibility of resurrecting the now bankrupt Honolulu Symphony. While the drama surrounding the demise of the symphony sometimes looked and sounded like a Wagnerian opera, the possibility of a re-emerging symphony of some sort is certainly good news.

A society can be rightfully judged at some level by its efforts in the arts and cultural education. Along with the unique stylings of slack key, traditional Hawaiian music, Jawaiian music, and everything in between, there is a place at the musical table for classical music as well as many other musical forms of expression. The key, and reality is a tough pill to swallow when it comes to the arts at times, is that any new model has to make fiscal sense based on the realities of community interest and musicians financial needs.

The obligations of a symphony, just like any cultural offering, are to the outside world- the people who love what is offered, and to the inside world- the performers and everyone else associated with making sure the grand performances happen in the first place. If these two constituents can be treated to the melodious tones of symphonic wonderment once again through the hard work of savvy volunteers, then we will all be happily saying "bravo" and providing a standing ovation in the years to come. Think about it…

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