For­mer Pearl City con­duc­tor Michael Naka­sone takes fi­nal bow with HYS

MidWeek Islander (West Oahu) - - Front Page - By JES­SICA GOOLSBY

Hawaii Youth Sym­phony bids aloha to re­tir­ing con­duc­tor Michael Naka­sone at its an­nual Aloha Con­cert Lun­cheon this Sun­day in Hil­ton Hawai­ian Vil­lage’s Co­ral Ball­room.

“He’s re­ally given a lot to the stu­dents over the years,” said Se­lena Ching, HYS ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. “He’s a very busy man these days, and he fig­ured it was just the right time for him to leave — on a high note, of course.”

A pa­tron of the or­ga­ni­za­tion for some 21 years, Naka­sone started his ca­reer in 1968 as band di­rec­tor at Wahi­awa In­ter­me­di­ate School. He then moved to Mililani High in 1973, only to move on to teach at Pearl City High School in 1977. Un­der Naka­sone’s di­rec­tion, the Pearl City March­ing Band has per­formed in the Aloha Fes­ti­vals Pa­rade, Macy’s Thanks­giv­ing Day Pa­rade, the Tour­na­ment of Roses Pa­rade in Pasadena and the Ginza Pa­rade in Tokyo.

In 1992 he was named di­rec­tor of the PCHS Per­form­ing Arts Learn­ing Cen­ter and con­trib­uted much to the con­struc­tion of the Pearl City Cul­tural Arts Cen­ter on cam­pus. In 2004, he re­tired af­ter 37 years with the Hawaii DOE and his po­si­tion with Pearl City March­ing Band to be­come di­rec­tor for the Royal Hawai­ian Band.

This week­end’s con­cert kicks off with per­for­mances by the 96-mem­ber Youth Sym­phony II un­der the fi­nal di­rec­tion of Naka­sone him­self.

Jazz greats Gabe Bal­tazar (sax­o­phone), Dean Taba ( bass), Noel Oki­moto (drums) and Dale Se­naga (key­boards) will then pay trib­ute to the sym­phony mae­stro along­side jazz vo­cal­ist Ginai and her mu­si­cal part­ner Pierre Grill. Dancers from Isla Tango and a per­for­mance by Youth Sym­phony I un­der the ba­ton of mae­stro Henry Miya­mura will round out the pro­gram.

“ The sym­phony has ex­tremely tal­ented kids, and over the years Mr. Naka­sone has helped to en­sure that they al­ways have a place to share their tal­ents in Hawaii,” Ching stated. “He’s put to­gether a bang-up pro­gram and al­lowed the kids to work with other lo­cal pro­fes­sional tal­ents, and the fu­sion of these young peo­ple play­ing fan­tas­tic or­ches­tral mu­sic along­side these other well-known pro mu­si­cians at this event is just go­ing to be phe­nom­e­nal.”

The event opens 10:30 a.m. with a coun­try store, fol­lowed by lunch ser­vice and the con­cert pro­gram. Tick­ets cost $50 per per­son (or $450 for ta­bles of 10).

For more in­for­ma­tion or to pur­chase tick­ets, call 941-9706 or go to www.HiYouthSym­phony.or g.

For­mer Pearl City March­ing Band di­rec­tor Michael Naka­sone leads the Hawaii Youth Sym­phony for the last time at a spe­cial con­cert this Satur­day at Hil­ton Hawai­ian Vil­lage. Photo cour­tesy Hawaii Youth Sym­phony.

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