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Hawaii Youth Symphony to present ‘MusicAlive!’

By Staff | Feb 12, 2015

The symphony’s Maui Community Service Tour includes free concerts at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

KAHULUI – The Hawaii Youth Symphony’s top youth orchestra, Youth Symphony I, will perform free “MusicAlive” concerts at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Feb. 16-17.

The annual concert tour, part of HYS’s 50th anniversary concert season, aims to showcase the unique and superb musical talents of Hawaii’s finest young musicians from across the state, including those who live on Maui.

These symphonic music concerts have been part of Hawaii Youth Symphony’s service to the community since the early 1980s.

“MusicAlive!” provides an opportunity for HYS students to give back to the communities on the neighbor islands through music, while also increasing access and exposure to orchestral music for all.

A concert on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m. will showcase 101 high school student musicians (ages 14-18) from Oahu and Maui. The concert will include a performance by special guest violinist Ignace “Iggy” Jang, concert master of the professional Hawaii Symphony Orchestra in Honolulu. Jang will perform Pablo de Sarasate’s “Carmen Fantasy.” Also featured is Punahou School senior Yun Chang, a violinist in HYS who will perform George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” on piano.

Maestro Henry Miyamura, who has taught Hawaii’s musicians for more than 53 years, conducts Youth Symphony I. The rest of the President’s Day program will feature an exciting array of classical music and popular show tunes. This concert is open to the public and free.

Two HYS “Listen & Learn” school concerts will also take place at the MACC on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 9 and 10 a.m. “Listen & Learn” concerts introduce school children to concert etiquette, orchestral instruments and techniques, important composers and repertoire. For many children who attend these concerts, “Listen & Learn” may be their first exposure to a symphony orchestra or concert hall experience.

These concerts are open to the public, but reservations must be made in advance by calling the MACC at 242-2787.

The concerts are sponsored by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Bill Healy Foundation, Friends of Hawaii Charities, and George Mason Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation.