Maui Pops Orchestra Concerts for the 2015-2016 Season
All Concerts are at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) and begin at 3:00pm on Sundays

Winter Fantasy Pops Concert (February 21, 2016)
Winter Pops features violin soloist Benjamin Baker from the UK. Born in New Zealand, Ben moved to the UK at a young age to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School, and has won several prestigious violin competitions. Ben will play two very flashy violin works: Poeme by Chausson and Faust Fantasy by Wieniawski. The orchestra will also perform the William Tell Overture, Clair de Lune, and the Polovetsian Dances.

Benjamin has also studied at the Royal College of Music where he was awarded the prestigious Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Rose Bowl. In 2013 he won 1st Prize and the audience prize at the Windsor Festival International Violin Competition, and was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust. Over the last year Benjamin has given recitals throughout Europe.

Hugely popular in New Zealand Benjamin returns whenever he is able, to give concerts and appear on radio and television. He moved to the UK in 1998 with his family to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School, on the recommendation of Nigel Kennedy. He is very grateful to be awarded Honorary Membership of the Rotary Club of Port Nicholson for his commitment to children’s charities.

Benjamin plays on a Tononi violin (1709) on generous loan from a private individual.

Spring Into Pops Concert (March 20, 2016)
Spring Pops welcomes internationally acclaimed Canadian pianist, Ian Parker. Ian has performed with many of the finest orchestras in the US and Canada. He will be performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. This concerto is one of the giants of the repertoire, and this will be a rare opportunity to hear such a dynamic and powerful work. Ian Parker is represented by Schmidt Artists International, Inc. The first half of the concert will be Scheherazade, the symphonic poem by Rimsky-Korsakov. Based on One Thousand and One Nights, Scheherazade must tell a story every night to save her life. Guest Concertmaster Andrew Sords will perform the exquisite violin solo that depicts Scheherazade.

Magnetic, easy-going and delightfully articulate, Canadian pianist Ian Parker captivates audiences wherever he goes. He has appeared with the philharmonic orchestras of Buffalo, Calgary and Louisiana, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom and the symphonies of Cincinnati, Edmonton, Honolulu, Kitchener-Waterloo, Long Beach, National/Washington, D.C., Quebec, Regina, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Virginia and Winnipeg, among others.

Born in Vancouver to a family of pianists, Ian Parker began his piano studies at age three with his father, Edward Parker. He holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky. While at Juilliard, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded him the Sylva Gelber Career Grant, which is given annually to the “most talented Canadian artist.”

Born in Newark, Delaware, Sords began piano lessons at the age of 5, followed shortly by violin studies. Sords became a pupil of Linda Cerone, David Russell, and Chee-Yun Kim at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Southern Methodist University, and a series of international invitations helped catapult a solo career that has since spanned 4 continents and over 200 orchestras.

Andrew Sords has appeared regularly with celebrated orchestras and conductors. In recent seasons, concerto collaborations have included the Oakland Symphony, Windsor Symphony, Kalisz Philharmonic, Chattanooga Symphony, Cleveland Philharmonic, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, North State Symphony, Toronto Philharmonia, Gulf Coast Symphony and Melbourne Chamber Symphony, among numerous others. Sords makes his home in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

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