Hawaii Youth Symphony teams with Jake Shimabukuro and Japanese youth orchestras for streamed, televised event

Posted on: December 2, 2020

“This fall, Hawaii Youth Symphony students have managed to keep making music together … while confined to their homes,” writes Susan Essoyan in Monday’s (11/30) Star-Advertiser (Honolulu). “Guided by master musicians near and far, they link up via videoconference on whatever device they have…. On Dec. 8, with the help of some technical wizardry, Hawaii Youth Symphony … students are teaming up with luminaries including [composer and musician] Jake Shimabukuro and [vocalist] Raiatea Helm—as well as youth orchestras in Japan—to present ‘He Makana o na Mele: The Gift of Music.’ The one-hour musical special will be televised at 8 p.m. Dec. 8 on KHNL, rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 on K5 and available to stream online. It will feature cherished songs of Hawaii, contemporary and classical music…. Most of the local performances were taped outdoors…. The show encompasses all levels of Hawaii Youth Symphony, from the elementary kids in the Academy String Program to symphony orchestras featuring select high schoolers, as well as students in the HYS Jazz program. Junior orchestras from [Japan] and the Ukulele Junior Orchestra from Kanazawa will also take part, with support from Hawaii Tourism Japan…. The event will serve as the annual fundraiser for the organization.”