Hawaii Youth Symphony Newsletter -FBSOt1FSGPSNt(SPX Spring 2012
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Where Hawaiiâ€™s youth make exceptional music together
YSIâ€™s Free Spring Community Concert a Rousing Success
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Concert Commendations HYS Academy Students Fiddle for Fun!
ll four of the HYS Academy’s string orchestras performed April 28 at Kaimuki High School Auditorium. Led by conductors Joan Doike, Helen Fong, and Chad Uyehara, the orchestras performed a wide variety of music written and arranged especially for developing string players. “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” was a big hit with the Beginning String Ensemble, with all sections (even the basses!) getting a chance to play the melody. Intermediate String Ensemble’s “Kabuki Dance” whisked the musicians to the far-off shores of Japan, with Impressionist harmonies and pizzicato that sounded just like the kotos and shamisens being emulated. By contrast, String Orchestra Ensemble’s rip-roaring, foot-stomping “Country Hoedown” had the kind of energy and enthusiasm all young fiddlers should aspire to. Concert String Orchestra finished the afternoon’s program with an arrangement of Richard Wagner’s operatic Overture to Rienzi and the fugue-like “Maharaja.” Congratulations to all the performers for a job well done! ♫
YSII & CO Conquer Challenging Programs
hree conductors and nearly 200 students performed April 22 at Roosevelt High School Auditorium in the annual YSII/CO Spring Community Concert, led by Derrick Yamane, Susan Ochi-Onishi, and Hannah Watanabe, respectively. Ambitious repertoire, like Jean Sibelius’s Finlandia and the ‘Finale’ from Antonin Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony, were all executed with exquisite nuance, attention to dynamics, and overall mastery. The Concert Orchestra showcased a number of fine soloists, particularly on trumpet, violin, and trombone, in Tales of Vandosar. Kilinoelani Montgomery, a freshman from Kamehameha Schools and student of Ignace Jang, is concertmaster for YSII and wowed the audience with two movements from Antonio Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’ movement from The Four Seasons. The YSII/CO Spring Community Concert also kicked off HYS’s 2012 food drive for the Hawaii Food Bank, organized to conjunction with the League of American Orchestras’s Orchestras Feeding America campaign. All across the nation, professional and youth orchestras alike have been helping the fight against hunger. Last year, HYS families donated over 1,400 pounds of canned goods and non-perishable food items. We thank everyone who attended this year’s YSII/CO concert, and made a donation to HYS or the Hawaii Food Bank! ♫
Top Left: YSII spring concert trombones. Top Right: Closeup of CO winds tootin’ away! Bottom Left: YSII string sections. Bottom Right: Concertmaster Kilinoelani Montgomery performs Vivaldi.
YSI Makes Its Kahilu Theatre Debut
Left: a young guest conductor strikes up the orchestra. Right: Concertmaster Roy Nakamaejo and HYS alum Dave Masunaga speak to the Waimea community.
n February, YSI traveled to the Big Island for HYS’s annual neighbor island concert series. This was the group’s first trip north to Waimea, as previous tours had gone either to Kona or Hilo. The students performed three free community concerts at the historic Kahilu Theatre; two of these concerts were Listen & Learn concerts filled with over 800 Big Island school children! ♫
Boys & Girls Explore ‘Music In The Clubhouse’
YS’s Music In The Clubhouse program, offered in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii (BGCH), is just about to complete its fourth year of music-making fun! Serving neighborhood kids primarily from the McCully, University, Makiki, and Ala Wai areas, Music In The Clubhouse provides Music4Kids general music and band classes that are designed to help fill gaps left by severe cutbacks in music education and arts access. The classes, taught by Joy Waikoloa and Wayne Fanning, meet twice a week and everyone gets a chance to play an instrument, do some singing, and read music. In addition to the programs’ attention to music literacy, youth also start developing skills they’ll need lifelong, like listening to understand, staying focused, respecting others, paying attention, and following directions. See? Music helps you do better in school! ♫
HYS Welcomes Back an Alum
YS’s new E.D. Randy Wong made his first public appearance at the YSI Spring Community Concert. “Being a part of the HYS team is really a homecoming for me,” Wong remarked, “because HYS is where I grew up and dreamed of a future life in music.” Wong has recently been profiled in ‘People Who Make Hawaii Work’ (Pacific Business News) and will be featured soon on radio segments for KGU’s ThinkTech Radio (hosted by Alan Okami) and HPR’s Business of the Arts (hosted by Judy Neale). HYS hosted a reception following the concert that was attended by the evening’s guest performers, alumni and supporters. An entire roast pig, served Chinese style, was generously donated by Sifu Kimo Wong (no relation). Wines, donated by Robin and Lillian Yoshimura, and a variety of sushi, soft drinks, and other items were donated by Board members Patti Look, Richard Ing, Tom Bingham, Jean Tsukamoto, and Malcolm Lau. Mahalos are due to Vicky Chiu-Irion and the HYS administrative staff (Meredith Prescott, Ann Doike, and Janet Morita) for their help in coordinating the reception and making it a fabulous success. ♫
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Hawaii Youth Symphony's Spring 2012 Newsletter