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

Holiday Pops Concert (December 6, 2015)

The traditional Holiday Pops again brings favorite holiday music and a wonderful guest artist. Australian pianist Bernard Walz will entertain with a variety of upbeat arrangements of holiday songs and signature pieces. The orchestra also has some fun selections, including music of Mannheim Steamroller, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Christmas at the Movies.

Take extraordinary musicianship, a formidable technique, passionate performances, a delightfully cheeky sense of humour combined with a classical approach to popular music and you have Australia’s Premier Pops Pianist, BERNARD WALZ. More than merely a brilliant musician, Bernard is a truly dynamic and engaging Entertainer. The combination of these qualities set the talents of Bernard Walz above and beyond the ordinary!

He is the three-time winner of the Australian Entertainment “MO” Award for Variety Instrumental Performer of the Year, for Excellence in Live Performance, and a Number One charting recording artist in Australia (1994) with his debut album, “Piano Passion”. His music literally takes him around the world - from performances at the famed Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House in his home town, Sydney, Australia (and the principal concert halls and performance venues of Australia including Sydney Entertainment Centre, Melbourne Concert Hall, Adelaide Festival Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre), to Royal Festival Hall in London with the BBC Concert Orchestra, and across the USA and Europe in cabaret, concert and recital performances.

Bernard has toured Australia and internationally with the likes of Michael Crawford (the “Phantom Of The Opera”) and the late Larry Adler. Bernard has also performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Concert Orchestra, the Sydney International Orchestra, The Hunter and Penrith Symphony orchestras, the Adelaide Art Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Pops Orchestra and the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra.

Bernard’s music is truly inspiring. His spirited performances never fail to move his audiences. From the music of the Great Masters to the best of Broadway, Ragtime, Boogie and Film Music, his passionately intense interpretations of this great music garner rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. With orchestra or performing solo, Bernard’s music is symphonic in scope and colour. His interpretations of the music of George Gershwin have gained him enthusiastic response and prompted the late harmonica legend, Larry Adler, to comment “…I only wish George Gershwin were alive to hear Bernard play…he would have loved it…”.

Broadway Pops Concert (January 24, 2016)
Broadway Diva Pops is our annual Broadway spectacular, this year featuring soloists Julia Murney and Emily Rozek, with guest conductor Randall Fleischer. Along with the Maui Pops Orchestra, they will be performing well-known selections from Carmen, My Fair Lady, Phantom of the Opera, Titanic, and more. These tremendously talented ladies, with many Broadway credits, will light up the stage with their dynamic performance.

Winter 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.

Spring 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.

Thank you for your interest in the Maui Pops Orchestra.