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Performance features Hawaiian culture and spirit

Makanani Antonio, Asian
and Pacific Islander
Center student mentor.

PULLMAN — The WSU Symphonic Band and the Pullman Community Concert Band will perform at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13 in Bryan Hall Theatre on the WSU campus.

Highlights include music inspired by Hawaiian geology and mythology and guest performers from the WSU Hawaii Club. The concert is free and open to all.

The program will include an exciting work by composer Carl Strommen entitled “Haleakala,” named for a volcano located on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

Haleakala itself means “house of the sun,” and the volcano is considered the home of the grandmother of the demigod Maui. According to Hawaiian legends, Maui was successful in capturing the sun and forcing it to slow its journey across the sky to lengthen the days.

People from all over the world travel to Maui to take part in the breathtaking experience when the sun rises over Haleakala’s crater, almost instantly heating up the earth and brightening the sky.

The performance will feature the WSU Hawaii Club with speaker Makanani Antonio presenting the story of Haleakala in English and the Hawaiian language. A rousing chant by the Hawaiian performers will follow, introducing the first ‘volcanic’ brass fanfare of the piece.

Heidi Jarvis is conductor of the Pullman Community Concert Band and instructor of music at WSU. In June she guest-conducted the Royal Hawaiian Band at the Iolani Palace in Honolulu. The ensemble was founded in 1836 by order of King Kamehameha III and is one of the last living links to Hawaii’s monarchy. Concerts include standard symphonic repertoire and the best of the islands’ musical heritage.

David Turnbull, associate professor of music at WSU, conducts the WSU Symphonic Band.  

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