Wind Band Version
DURATION: 4 minutes
May 9, 2018;
Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra
Jeffrey Boeckman, conductor
Over a hundred endemic birds once inhabited the Hawaiian Islands. Today, few residents of the Hawaiian Islands have even seen a native forest bird. Hawai‘i’s native birds continue to face a number of threats through diseases, loss of habitat, and competition with non-native species. Because surviving endemic forest bird species represent a considerable value to both the integrity of Hawai‘i’s natural ecosystems as well as cultural and intrinsic value, it is important to educate the importance of learning how to protect them.
Coordinated by composer Takuma Itoh, Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds brings together six Hawai’i composers (Takuma Itoh, Michael-Thomas Foumai, Daniel Houglum, Jon Magnussen, Thomas Osborne and Donald Reid Womack) collaborating with visual artists to create a symphony program to educate Hawai’i’s youth on the history of native birds and what can be done to stem the tide of extinction.
Mālama is the sixth and final movement of the work with projections of artwork by Hawai’i’s school children animated by Pawel Nuckowski (Oahu Films). 20 images were selected from a state wide art competition with the propmt, Mālama Hawaiian Forest Birds. A symbol of the future and whose hands have the power to stop natural and cultural extinction, it is with the children of Hawaiʻi for which the symphony leaves its message of hope and awareness.
For more information of the the complete work and educational program:
October 17, 2019: Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra
November 14, 2018: Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra
November 1, 2018: Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra
October 31, 2018: Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra
May 9, 2018: Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra
FROM SYMPHONY OF THE HAWAIIAN BIRDS