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Hawaii Youth Symphony Presents 50th Anniversary Spring Community Concert

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Hawaii Youth Symphony will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a Spring Community Concert at Blaisdell Concert Hall on April 12, 2015 at 4 PM. HYS has offered its Spring Community Concert free to the public for the past six years. The concerts increase public access to high-quality classical music and celebrate the commitment of Hawaii's young musicians to the arts. First Hawaiian Bank is the title sponsor of this year's Spring Community Concert. The concert is free, but tickets are required for entry. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Blaisdell box office starting March 31.

In honor of HYS's 50th anniversary, two special world-class guest artists – pianist Conrad Tao and violinist Ignace “Iggy” Jang – have been invited to perform with Youth Symphony I (YSI). Mr. Tao (see bio attached) is an internationally-recognized performer, who will perform George Gerswhin's Rhapsody in Blue with the orchestra. Mr. Jang, Concertmaster of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra will perform the virtuosic violin showpiece, Pablo de Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy.

Conducted by Maestro Henry Miyamura, YSI is composed of 101 students, ages 14-18, representing 26 schools on Oahu and Maui.

In addition to the pieces named previously, YSI will perform a program of mostly American music, including professional versions of Gershwin's “An American in Paris” and John Williams' “Summon the Heroes” (scored for the 1994 Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA). Williams' piece will also include dozens of HYS alumni spanning the past 50 years.

In addition to Mr. Tao's Spring Community Concert performance, he will lead an educational master class on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at 1:30 pm at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Music Department, Room 36. As part of the master class, Mr. Tao will share his insights into Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. The class will be a rare opportunity to learn from an artist of Mr. Tao's caliber and prowess. Mr. Tao's master class is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

For more information, call (808) 941-9706 or email admin@hiyouthsymphony.org

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