The sound of youth

The Hawai‘i Youth Symphony will offer up harmony to Kaua‘i’s community Monday evening, with a collaborative concert featuring 100 voices from the Kaua‘i High School chorus. As one of the largest and oldest youth symphonies in the country, the statewide program represents excellence in training and a commitment to musical education.

This concert features young musicians from three islands performing classical and contemporary Hawaiian music, as well as an original composition by 19-year-old University of Hawai‘i music student Michael Foumai entitled “Concerto for Orchestra.”

The advanced orchestra is comprised of young musicians from both Maui and O‘ahu who will be joined by David Conrad’s KHS accomplished chorus.

“The Hawai‘i Youth Symphony is excited to be returning to Kaua‘i after four years,” Selena Ching, executive director of the symphony states by e-mail. “We know the caliber of musical talent on Kaua‘i is very high and we are pleased to be able to join forces with so many artists to present this free community concert. We’re all looking forward to a really great night of music.”

Since 1964 Hawai‘i Youth Symphony has trained aspiring musicians ages 8-18 and serves nearly 600 students annually. HYS operates three full symphonic and four string orchestras, enacting the firm belief that education and performance are two vital elements in well-rounded training.

Professor Henry Miyamura, who is in his 46th year of teaching, conducts the Hawai‘i Youth Symphony, as well as The University of Hawai‘i Orchestra. Kaua‘i High School Choruses will combine with the Hawai‘i Youth Symphony to perform three selections from “Requiem” by celebrated British composer John Rutter — “Pie Jesu,” “Sanctus” and “The Lord Is My Shepherd.” In addition, the Kaua‘i High Singers will perform “Ako Ay Pilipino,” as arranged by Jose Bulatao. Soprano Leinani Springer and string bassist Darryl Miyasato, Kaua‘i High School band director, will also perform.

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