Picking the meat off the carcass

Very, very sad:

Heritage Global Partners has been selected by Chapter 7 Trustee, Richard Yanagi, to conduct a live auction of assets of the Honolulu Symphony. The Trustee’s Motion to engage Heritage Global Partners is currently subject to final approval from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Hawaii. Following approval, the bulk sale auction will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii and staged via live webcast on Thursday, March 17 at 10 am HST.

“Our goal is to secure a bulk buyer to sustain this legacy, as we want nothing more than to keep the arts alive.”

Assets of the Honolulu Symphony include world-class instruments, one-of-a-kind musical arrangements, a comprehensive music library, office furnishings, memorabilia, art, artifacts, and much more.

If a bulk buyer is not secured, the Honolulu Symphony assets will be sold live at the auction, while the music library consisting of over 2,300 lots of Classical Symphonic arrangements and Hawaiian sheet music will be sold online. This sale will begin at the conclusion of the Bulk Asset Auction on Thursday, March 17 at 12 pm HST and held through 5 pm HST on Friday, March 18.

“The Honolulu Symphony auction is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for music enthusiasts, institutions, patrons of the arts, philanthropists, universities and those who want to preserve a 110-year-old symphony orchestra, which is currently the oldest in United States, west of the Rocky Mountains,” David Barkoff, Director of Sales, Heritage Global Partners. “Our goal is to secure a bulk buyer to sustain this legacy, as we want nothing more than to keep the arts alive.”

Over the years, the Honolulu Symphony has endured two World Wars, the Great Depression, financial crises, and changing musical and cultural trends. In December 2010 it was announced that the symphony would be liquidated under Chapter 7 and end operations.

About the author

Robert Levine
Robert Levine

Robert Levine has been the Principal Violist of the Milwaukee Symphony since September 1987. Before coming to Milwaukee Mr. Levine had been a member of the Orford String Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Toronto, with whom he toured extensively throughout Canada, the United States, and South America. Prior to joining the Orford Quartet, Mr. Levine had served as Principal Violist of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for six years. He has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the London Symphony of Canada, and the Oklahoma City Symphony, as well as serving as guest principal with the orchestras of Indianapolis and Hong Kong.

He has performed as soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Symphony, the London Symphony of Canada, the Midsummer Mozart Festival (San Francisco), and numerous community orchestras in Northern California and Minnesota. He has also been featured on American Public Radio's nationally broadcast show "St. Paul Sunday Morning" on several occasions.

Mr. Levine has been an active chamber musician, having performed at the Festival Rolandseck in Germany, the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Palm Beach Festival, the "Strings in the Mountains" Festival in Colorado, and numerous concerts in the Twin Cities and Milwaukee. He has also been active in the field of new music, having commissioned and premiered works for viola and orchestra from Minnesota composers Janika Vandervelde and Libby Larsen.

Mr. Levine was chairman of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians from 1996 to 2002 and currently serves as President of the Milwaukee Musicians Association, Local 8 of the American Federation of Musicians, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the League of American Orchestras. He has written extensively about issues concerning orchestra musicians for publications of ICSOM, the AFM, the Symphony Orchestra Institute, and the League of American Orchestras.

Mr. Levine attended Stanford University and the Institute for Advanced Musical Studies in Switzerland. His primary teachers were Aaron Sten and Pamela Goldsmith. He also studied with Paul Doctor, Walter Trampler, Bruno Giuranna, and David Abel.

He lives with his wife Emily and his son Sam in Glendale.

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