RAISE HAWAIKI: THE HŌKŪLEʻA SYMPHONY

RAISE HAWAIKI: THE HŌKŪLEʻA SYMPHONY

Chorus & Orchestra

E MĀLAMA I KE KAI

E MĀLAMA I KE KAI

Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello (2019)

SPANGLED

SPANGLED

Solo Cello (2020)

OVERTURE

OVERTURE

On Themes from the Songbook of Her Majesty Queen Liliʻuokalani (Orchestra)

SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS

SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS

Violin & Viola

MĀLAMA

MĀLAMA

From Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds

KEALAIKAHIKI

KEALAIKAHIKI

Raise Hawaiki Concert Suite (Orchestra)

ELYSIUM

ELYSIUM

Fanfares on Themes from the Beethoven Symphonies (Orchestra)

MANOOKIAN MURALS

MANOOKIAN MURALS

Flute, Cello & Piano

BECOMING BEETHOVEN

BECOMING BEETHOVEN

Orchestra

RELICS

RELICS

(Solo Violin)

KĀUNANA

KĀUNANA

String Quartet

LADY DARK

LADY DARK

(Chamber Orchestra)

SONGS OF THE KISAENG

SONGS OF THE KISAENG

Soprano, Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano

FULLMETAL

FULLMETAL

Orchestra

SCAT

SCAT

Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello

SPIRITUS MUNDI

SPIRITUS MUNDI

Concert Band

MUSIC FROM THE CASTLE OF HEAVEN

MUSIC FROM THE CASTLE OF HEAVEN

Orchestra

MICHAEL-THOMAS FOUMAI (b. 1987, Honolulu, Hawai‘i) is a composer of contemporary concert music and educator. His music has been described as “vibrant and cinematic” (New York Times) and “full of color, drama, and emotion” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). A prolific composer of symphonic music, his work focuses on storytelling and the history, people and culture of his Hawaiʻi home. In 2019, he was selected into the 17th class of the Pacific Century Fellows comprised of 35 outstanding and talented young leaders to represent the individual and professional diversity of Hawaiʻi, including government, small-and-large-businesses, the arts, non-profit and corporate enterprises. Through his works, he was was awarded the Mayor of Honolulu Certificate of Recognition and the recognition by proclamation from the State Senate of Hawaiʻi.

 

Recent projects have focused on issues and stories facing the people of Hawaiʻi. Raise Hawaiki, a large scale choral-symphony based on the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa was commissioned by the Wallace, Elizabeth and Isabella Wong Family Foundation to celebrate the return of Hōkūleʻa from her three-year world-wide voyage Mālama Honua. Setting the words of Nainoa Thompson, Eddie Aikau and Mau Piailug, the historic world premiere brought together an unprecedented collaboration between ten institutions encompassing performance, voyaging and higher learning: The Polynesian Voyaging Society, The Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra, Oʻahu Choral Society, the choirs from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Hawaiʻi Youth Opera Chorus, Kapiʻolani Community College, University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu, community choirs, ʻŌiwi TV, IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre, the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation, hula choreographed by Lauren Kanoelani Chang Williams and visual projections and artwork by Herbert Kāne and voyager Hana Yoshihata. 

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See the entire series here: RAISING HAWAIKI

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Explore the creative process and inspiration behind works in video series created in collaboration with partnering orchestras and organizations. Videos offer viewers and concert audiences a rare glimpse into the composers process of creating music from inspired stories and histories. Hear and see excerpts from the score and interviews with the composer in a dynamic presentation with animation and illustrations.

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