Hawaii Youth Symphony performs with HSO

Hawaii Youth Symphony. PC: www.fromthetop.org/musician/hawaii-youth-symphony/

Hawaii Youth Symphony (HYS) will start the fall season with a climax when students from HYS ‘Youth Symphony I program join professional musicians from the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) to perform at their upcoming side-by-side concert on Thursday. October 25, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Blaisdell Concert Hall on O’ahu.

“Music is an extraordinary discipline and Hawaii Youth Symphony is proud to be a part of the musical development of children in the Hawaiian Islands,” said Randy Wong, president of Hawaii Youth Symphony. “We are grateful to have supporting partners like the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra who share our joy in music and believe in the importance of giving young musicians the opportunity to further improve their skills.”

The Youth Symphony I program, the most advanced of HYS ‘seven orchestras, consists of 110 students (grades 9-12) from 30 public, private, and independent schools in Oahu and Maui. Among his accomplishments, Youth Symphony I was a finalist in the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, performed with Midori, and was featured on NPR’s From the Top with host Christopher O’Riley.

“It was an exciting start to the year for Hawaii Youth Symphony and our extraordinary Youth Symphony I,” said Dr. John Devlin, music director of HYS. “I’m looking forward to our upcoming side-by-side concert as this will be my first chance to perform with our students as the organization’s new music director. In those first few months it was a privilege to watch these talented young men and women develop into better musicians and citizens of this community. Thank you to the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra for supporting this important project that creates a unique, collaborative and artistic experience between HSO members and our students. “

The side-by-side concert will feature music by both of HYS ‘esteemed Youth Symphony I students along with renowned Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra musicians to perform pieces such as Bernstein’s Candide Overture; The Moldau by Smetana, Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture by Tchaikovsky; and Flying Dutchman Overture by Wagner.


“Our musicians in the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra are excited to partner with such talented youngsters as we continue to inspire and educate audiences of all ages,” said Jonathan Parrish, executive director of the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra. “A true appreciation for music comes from within and can be applied to all aspects of life, as music promotes qualities such as goal setting, perseverance and the ability to work well in a team – all important values ​​for the development of a well-rounded person . “


General admission is $ 5, and tickets for the side-by-side concert can be purchased online.

About Hawaii Youth Symphony

Founded in 1964 as a non-profit organization, the Hawaii Youth Symphony promotes and celebrates the importance of music study for academic achievement and social-emotional development. Its programs serve the youth through orchestral music education, performances, and community engagement. Each year the organization serves more than 600 students, ages 7-18, from over 100 schools across the country. For more information, call (808) 941-9706 or visit HiYouthSymphony.org.


About Dr. John Devlin

After a nationwide search of over 80 qualified candidates, the Hawaii Youth Symphony Board of Directors appointed Dr. John Devlin as the organization’s new music director. Dr. Devlin also becomes artistic director of the Pacific Music Institute, the Hawaii Youth Symphony’s summer music festival.

Dr. Devlin’s experience includes serving as the cover conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC and as assistant conductor of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. Previously, he was also music director of two youth orchestra organizations, including the Youth Orchestras of Prince William and the McLean Youth Orchestra in Virginia.

About the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra

The Honolulu Symphony was founded in 1900 and was the second oldest orchestra in the country west of the Rocky Mountains. The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra is Hawaii’s symphony orchestra bringing wonderful music not only to those who have always enjoyed live orchestral music, but also to the many people, young and old, of all ethnic backgrounds in the uniquely rich patchwork of cultures of our state. Originally housed in a clubhouse on the slopes of Punchbowl, the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra performs today at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall in downtown Honolulu.

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