03 Oct 2018

Ohana Concert: Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds

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The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra presents “Ohana Concert: Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds.” 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

Maestro Dr. Jeffrey Boeckman will lead the HSO in a 60-minute program that takes concertgoers on a journey through the sounds of endangered and extinct Hawaiian birds.


Stop by the Farmer’s Market on the Blaisdell Concert Hall lawn for dinner before the show! Parking is free. Families bring towels and chairs to sit and enjoy your meals at sunset.


The Instrument Petting Zoo gives keiki of all ages, an up-close and personal encounter with a menagerie of musical instruments.

Symphony “Zookeepers” are on-hand in the lobby from 6:20 – 6:50. These friendly HSO musicians will help you figure out how to make some noise! Learn more about the different types of instruments, how each one creates a unique sound, and how they are played.

For many keiki who visit the Instrument Petting Zoo, this is the first chance they get to see, touch and play a real orchestral instrument. When you join us at the Instrument Petting Zoo, you are introducing keiki to a lifelong adventure with music!

OHANA CONCERT – 7:00 p.m.

Through a partnership with University of Hawaii, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, and the Bishop Museum, The Symphony of Hawaiian Birds aims to educate elementary and secondary students of O‘ahu through science, music, and art to teach about Hawaii’s native bird species and the importance of conservation efforts.
Program: Six original compositions, 5 animations, and 1 original hula about Hawaiian birds created by local composers and artists. Giveaways will add zest and spice to this exciting family event. All ages are welcome!

General Admission
Tickets: Adults $15, Students $5 (must show ID)

The Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds is made possible in part by the estate of Alex and Frances Jenkins Pickens, with additional support from Brian Bagnall.

Tickets available day of, at the Blaisdell Box Office.



Background Information

The Hawaiian Islands were once inhabited by over a hundred endemic birds. 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 our 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 people on how to protect them.

For more information on the composers, the pieces or anything else related you can visit the website: http://www.symphonyofhawaiianbirds.com/