CITY PARTNERS WITH HAWAII YOUTH SYMPHONY TO SUPPORT CLASSICAL MUSIC IN HAWAII
(Honolulu, August 18, 2010)- Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced today that the City & County of Honolulu has forged a public-private partnership with the Hawaii Youth Symphony to provide for free concerts at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.
“This is an exciting partnership for our community,” Caldwell said. “Each year for the next three years, the Hawaii Youth Symphony will present two free Spring concerts at the Blaisdell. The City will waive the fee for rental of the Concert Hall, and in return, the Youth Symphony will provide free admission for concert goers.”
Caldwell said the MusicAlive program will feature full orchestral performances by the 95-plus member Youth Symphony.
“The arts help define a city, and keeping our young people engaged in the performance of classical music is a key component in making sure we have a vibrant Honolulu in the years to come,” Caldwell said.
The Mayor’s Office on Culture and the Arts has provided a number of grants to the Hawaii Youth Symphony over the past several years. Earlier this year, the City supported the HYS 45th Anniversary and Maestro Henry Miyamura’s 25th anniversary celebration.
The Hawaii Youth Symphony will serve 600 students ages 8-18 and reach more than 16,000 audience members during its performance season.