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The Top 5 Winter Music Musts

BY Nuy Cho | December 16, 2016 | Feature Features

T'is the season for captivating tunes. The islands are lucky enough to attract a diverse array of talent, particularly in the winter months, as global artists escape freezing temperatures in favor of playing in luxuriated in warmth. From an operatic version of Tennessee Williams's Streetcar Named Desire to the emblematic Beethoven's No. 9, all your artistic penchants will be met with these top five winter music events.

1. Ode to Joy
In what’s become a Honolulu holiday tradition, Hawai ‘i Symphony Orchestra is joined by the O‘ahu Choral Society for this special program featuring Strauss’s “Death & Transfiguration” and Beethoven’s famous Symphony Number 9, “Ode to Joy.” 12/29 & 12/30. Premium tickets $92. 7:30pm. Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, Kaka‘ako, O‘ahu

2. Phil Lesh & Friends
Music man Phil Lesh of Grateful Dead fame brings an eclectic mix of fellow musicians and friends—namely, Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Scott Law, Alex Koford, and Jason Crosby—to the Valley Isle and Honolulu for two groovy performances. 12/29 & 12/31. Dec. 29. 7:30pm. Premium tickets from $120. Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului, Maui, mauiarts.org Dec. 31. 9pm. Premium tickets from $125. Hawaii Theatre Center, Chinatown, O‘ahu

3. Straight No Chaser
Banish all thoughts of your typical collegiate male choir before you take a listen to this male a cappella ensemble, which just happens to be celebrating its 20th anniversary. This group of ten gents has performed on national TV multiple times and released ten albums. 1/2-3. Jan 2. 7:30pm. Premium tickets $64. Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, Kaka‘ako, O‘ahu, ticketmaster.com Jan. 3. 7:30pm. Premium tickets $57. Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Castle Theatre, Kahului, Mau'i

4. Kyle Eastwood
If the last name sounds familiar, it should. This talented bassist and composer is the son of Clint Eastwood, for whom he composed several soundtracks. Cinema aside, Kyle has ventured into the realm of jazz, which he brings to the stage in Waikiki. Premium tickets $45. 1/10 - 1/15. Blue Note Hawaii, Waikiki, Oʻahu

5. A Streetcar Named Desire
Hawaii Opera Theatre continues to push the boundaries of the art form in Hawai‘i by bringing composer André Previn’s adaption of Tennessee Williams’ legendary play to the stage in Honolulu. This production features soprano Jill Gardner as Blanche and bass-baritone Ryan McKinny as Stanley, both of whom appeared in previous HOT productions. 1/27, 1/29 & 1/31. Premium tickets $135. Jan. 27. 8pm. Jan. 29. 4pm. Jan 31. 7pm. Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, Kaka‘ako, O‘ahu

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