KAUNĀNĀ

 

YEAR

2017, Revised 2018

 

INSTRUMENTATION

String Quartet

 

DURATION

9 minutes

 

COMMISSIONED BY

University of Hawaiʻi

Foundation

 

OTHER EDITIONS

String Orchestra

 

FIRST PERFORMANCE

Iggy Jang, violin
Mai Gochenouer, violin
Richard Lee, viola
James Gochenouer, cello

 

Honolulu, HI, USA

PROGRAM NOTE

Over the course of a 60-year history, the University of Hawai‘i Foundation has raised more than $1 BILLION to support the University of Hawai‘i. The major impact on students, faculty, research and facilities would not have been possible without donors who have given with vision and generosity.

 

Kaunānā was composed in celebration and thank you to the visionary donors who have helped ensure that research and discovery continue to thrive in Hawai'i for another 60 years and beyond. Kaunānā, Hawaiian for to explore, percieve, is also the name of the University's research publication, and embracing discovery and research, the music embodies the idea of building upon past discoveries in search of furthering our knowledge of the world. The music is in three sections and combines themes and harmonies that are both familiar and more contemporary, a dialogue between the past, present and beyond.