The University of Hawaii System

04/07/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/07/2020 16:12

Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds online

Even with current social distancing restrictions, the University of Hawaiʻiat Mānoa Wind Ensemble is safely sharing music. The ensemble released videos of their performance of the Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds paired with animations from the project on YouTube and Facebook.

'We were so looking forward to sharing our Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds, the wonderful people in our Wind Ensemble and a little aloha spirit with the wider musical world,' said Jeffrey Boeckman, associate professor and director of bands.

The Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds is a multidisciplinary effort to educate elementary and secondary students about Hawaiʻi's endangered native bird species and the importance of conservation efforts. composers, conservation researchers, educators and animators worked together to create a program that was originally performed by the HawaiʻiSymphony Orchestra for Hawaiʻielementary, intermediate and high school students.

The symphony movements were arranged for the Mānoa Wind Ensemble who brought the project to Kauaʻiin February. In addition to performing the music, the educational component was specifically designed for Kauaʻischools. The ensemble performed two keiki concerts for students and a standing-room-only ʻohana concert for the Kauaʻicommunity that benefited the KauaʻiForest Bird Recovery Project.

'I've been so impressed with our students, who invested a great deal of themselves in this tour over many months-their time, energy, musicianship and enthusiasm-and are making music on such a high level,' said Boeckman.

The ensemble's performance on March 1, at McKinley High School was recorded and combined with the animations shown at the concerts. The videos are posted to the Bands accounts on YouTube and Facebook.