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Hawaii Youth Symphony Hosts Free Spring Concert
Hawaii Youth Symphony Hosts Free Spring Concert

The following information is provided by the Hawaii Youth Symphony:

The Hawaii Youth Symphony (HYS) will host a benefit concert for Child & Family Service, featuring award-winning artists and musicians on Sunday, April 15, 4:00 pm at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall.  In lieu of an admission fee, HYS is asking attendees to make a donation to Child & Family Service.

HYS’ annual spring concert will feature Hawaii’s premiere youth orchestra, Youth Symphony I, under the direction of Henry Miyamura. Other guest performers include internationally acclaimed soprano Bai He and veteran trumpet player Stanton Haugen.  Bai He has been performing around the world since she was a young child and was recently named the 2011 winner of the University of Hawaii Concert Competition and is the 2012 winner of the Morning Music Club Scholarship Competition.

The concert will also serve as the world premiere of “Animal Farm”, written by HYS alumnus Michael Thomas-Foumai and “Fantasia for a Queen,” composed by Byron Yasui whose work has been performed internationally including orchestral premieres at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Purcell Room at London’s Royal Festival Hall and various venues throughout Europe, Australia, and North, Central and South America.

Tickets are free but required for entry and are available through the Blaisdell Box Office, beginning March 15. Phone 591-2211, open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm except for furlough days and holidays.

Each year, close to sixteen hundred people attend HYS’ annual Spring Concerts.  The event showcases HYS’ 95-member Youth Symphony I orchestra, comprised of Hawaii’s finest young musicians from 23 schools across the State.  “We make these concerts free in celebration of our community’s support for music education,” says Randy Wong, HYS Executive Director.”By opening our doors, we are able to broaden our community reach and increase the relevancy of symphonic music beyond those who are already regular concertgoers.”

The Spring Concerts have a further community thrust. Each season, HYS chooses a cause or nonprofit to partner with, advancing opportunities for music to affect social or civic change. Past years’ causes have included a live music awareness campaign (in support of Honolulu Symphony musicians), the fight against hunger, and disaster relief funds. “Music education goes beyond instrument learning,” Wong says. “A child’s ensemble experience goes a long way towards development of life skills, such as interpersonal relationships, self-awareness, and leadership. Our Spring Concerts offer an additional entry point for students to connect the dots and show how their actions can affect a broader audience.” This year’s concert is presented in partnership with Child and Family Service, Hawaii’s oldest nonprofit, which helps to strengthen families and fosters the healthy development of children.

At 3:15 pm, doors will open for general concert seating, with the concert starting at 4 pm.  For more information call (808-941-9706).  HYS is able to offer this concert free to the general public as a result of a partnership with the City & County of Honolulu and support from the Gift Foundation of Hawaii, and Ludwick Family Foundation.

The Hawaii Youth Symphony makes excellent music education available to all Hawaii youth. HYS annually serves more than 700 students, ages 5-18, from over 100 schools across the state. Curriculum, for the absolute beginner to the most advanced student musician, splits into two program areas. The HYS Academy, an early learning institute housed at the Boys & Girl Club, offers a full strings curriculum, a free band program, and several free general music classes. The Symphony Program presents three 90+-member symphony orchestras, a free chamber music program and the Pacific Music Institute (intensive summer camp for students from Hawaii, the mainland and Japan). An average of 23 performances are produced per year, including free Listen & Learn educational concerts for 14,000 school children. HYS distributes up to $30,000 in financial aid annually for registration fees, instrument rentals and private lessons. Neighbor island students also receive travel subsidies. HYS instills in its students a drive to seek quality, a sense of achievement, substantial self-esteem, and an understanding that their music can strengthen our communities. HYS takes great pride in its students’ accomplishments and will do all it can to help them learn, perform and grow through music. For more information, visit www.HiYouthSymphony.org.

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