Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra to Feature Acclaimed Cellist

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Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra. PC: Sarah Anderson.

The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra (KPO) will begin its 2018–2019 concert season at Kahilu Theatre with a program entitled “A Hawai‘i Homecoming” on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 4 p.m.

The concert will celebrate the beginning of KPO’s 14th season and the return of acclaimed cellist Anthony Arnone. Arnone is a Honolulu native returning to Hawai‘i to perform one of Antonín Dvořák’s most famous works, Cello Concerto in B minor.

The Orchestra’s artistic director and conductor, Brian Dollinger, will also be featured in Béla Bartók’s Rumanian Folk Dances, and Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major.  Beethoven’s virtuosic masterpiece is expected to provide an unforgettable conclusion to the first show in KPO’s season performance lineup.


The upcoming show will not be the first time Arnone and maestro Dollinger have performed the Dvořák piece together. Dollinger has featured Arnone with his other orchestras in Iowa, Clinton Symphony and Muscatine Symphony.

“When we return to where we grow up, it is a special thing,” said KPO Artistic Director and Conductor Brian Dollinger. “The homecoming of Mr. Arnone is special not only for him and his family but for me as well. Mr. Arnone has been a dear colleague, friend, and cello instructor to my son, Constantine for many years, and I am beyond thrilled to share his amazing musicality, technical prowess, and passionate playing with the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra’s audience.”

Arnone is a multifaceted musician having worked as a soloist, chamber musician, conductor, recording artist, composer and teacher. He first discovered the cello and began his studies of the instrument while attending ‘Iolani School in Honolulu. He continued his education at the New England Conservatory and San Francisco Conservatory and later completed a master’s degree in Conducting at Wichita State University.


Arnone’s performances have taken him to leading venues across the U.S., Europe and Asia. He is a faculty member at Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, and an associate professor of cello at University of Iowa School of Music.

Tickets for “A Hawai‘i Homecoming” are $50, $40, $30 and $15, and may be purchased online at www.kamuelaphil.org, or through the Kahilu Theatre Box Office by calling (808) 885-6868, or in person at 67-1186 Lindsey Road in Kamuela, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Season subscriptions—which includes “A Hawai‘i Homecoming”—are also available for purchase and include access to the best seats in the theatre at a discounted rate. Season subscriptions are on sale through Oct. 6.

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