Michael-Thomas Foumai is named Director of Artistic Engagement and the first Composer-in-Residence of the Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to composing for the HSO's HapaSymphony series, and writing the Masterwork's program notes, Foumai curates and hosts the HSO's brand new series called Beyond the Music. The series previews the Masterworks concerts with the orchestra playing excerpts from the repertoire, helping to give context and encourage curiosity in the minds of keiki and kupuna alike as a standalone performance, or before attending Masterworks concerts. Programs are carefully curated by guest conductors and local humanities leaders to create an evening of music and knowledge sharing that is unique to Hawaiʻi.
Beyond the Music events will be held at the beautiful new Moanalua High School Performing Arts Center and are possible thanks to the support of a Grant-In-Aid Award from the State of Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.