Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Vocal Motion perform with BYUH musicians in annual concerto

Written by: 
Helam Lau

An Evening of Concertos, a musical performance consisting of orchestra from the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, performers from the BYUH Concert Choir, and Vocal Motion from Kahuku High School was held on Nov. 24 in the McKay Auditorium.


According to the music program, this was the forty-second performance event of the Music and Theatre Department. Ernest Taniguchi, the music director of the Chamber Orchestra and the North Shore Symphonic Wind Orchestra at BYUH, conducted the show.


Spencer Grubbe, a senior from Oregon majoring in music and one of the student leaders of the Concert Choir, explained the concert was a featured collection of the winners of the 2017 Concerto Competition held in Spring 2017. Music students performed a solo piece in front of music faculty, who then selected the winners who would perform with HSO. The winners were: Parker Stockford, a percussionist from Oregon; Lawrence Laureano, a tenor vocalist from the Philippines; Sun Mi Jin, a violinist from South Korea; Kaitlyn Bourne, a soprano vocalist from Laie; and Hikaru Imaizumi, a pianist from Japan.


The show began with a combined performance of the HSO and BYUH musicians. The song was Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2 “Montagues and Capulets” by Sergey Prokofiev. Concert Choir and Vocal Motion followed with Gerald Finzi’s “Lo, the full, final sacrifice.”


Jeremay Basulgan, a sophomore from the Philippines majoring in finance, was also performing as a member of the BYUH Choir. She said, “We have practiced for the concert since the first day of the semester.”


She said as a choir, they chose to sing “Lo, the full, final sacrifice,” which is about the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. “There are parts where it is sad but also parts where it is glorifying and joyful as it goes to the climax–the result of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.”


Basulgan said it’s hard to understand the piece the first time one looks at it. “It is complicated and has different rules. The song sometimes breaks the rules of music theory. It has different rhythms and melodies, but when you put different parts together, it sounds amazing, especially when we are singing with the orchestra.”


The soloists then performed with HSO accompaniment. Stockford played the third movement (Allegro con fuoco) of “Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra” by Eric Ewazen. Laureano followed with “Proud of your boy” from Disney’s “Aladin” composed by Alan Menken.


After a 15-minute intermission, Mi Jin performed the first movement (Allegro moderato) of “Violin Concerto in D Maj, op. 35” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Gracie Damstedt, a freshman from Washington majoring in biochemistry, said, “I loved the violin solo the most. It is really challenging to play the higher notes for the violin and make the sound good.”


Next was Bourne with Gaetano Donizetti’s “Regnava nel silenzio” from Act 1, Scene 2 of the tragic opera “Lucia di Lammermoor.” Imaizumi concluded the night with Sergey Prokofiev’s first movement (Andante, Allegro) of “Piano Concert no. 3 in C, op. 26.”


Samora Niduds, a freshman from Salt Lake majoring in biology, said the performers did well. “I think they did a good job, and they all sounded really good. I really liked the piano solo as I play piano and I can relate to it. The choir with the symphony sounded great too.


“I didn’t regret going to the concert, even though I [originally] came to the concert for extra credit from my English class.”


Nicole Chatman, an audience member from Hawaii, said, “The concert was very enjoyable and I have many favorite parts, [one being] the choir performance based off the movie, ‘Peter and the Wolf,’ which is all classical music. I loved all the solo performances too.”

Date Published: 
Friday, December 8, 2017
Last Edited: 
Friday, December 8, 2017