Students at Ewa Elementary were treated to a special back to school performance courtesy of one of the Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra's (HSO) string ensembles as part of the organization's education and outreach initiative. This morning's quartet was comprised of two violinists, a violist and harpist.
"This was a great opportunity for our students to get exposed to music and fine arts," said Principal Stanley Tamashiro. "These types of partnerships are important because it helps our school provide opportunities for our students in addition to what we are able to offer through our regular classes and after school programs."
Ewa Elementary students from third through sixth grade gathered in the cafeteria for two shows from the quartet. The group played a variety of songs and provided whimsical lessons into the history of the instruments including how they were made, and the power of incorporating music into storytelling through a magical fairytale with an unexpected twist.
"I enjoyed the story telling because they used the music for dramatic effect," shared sixth grader Charlize Gascon. "After this morning's performance, I want to ask my family if I can take violin lessons."
Ensembles have been visiting schools since last October including Nanakuli Elementary, Ala Wai Elementary, August Ahrens Elementary, Kaelepulu Elementary, Moanalua Middle and more. All performances are at no cost to the schools and are intended to educate, entertain and inspire.
"As part of our mission to delight and educate audiences of all ages and backgrounds, the HSO is thrilled to be able to begin providing symphony ensemble visits to schools again," said HSO Executive Director Jonathan Parrish. "With the support of the City & County of Honolulu, Neiman Marcus and Central Pacific Bank, we are again able to provide these informative and entertaining performances."
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