Kahilu introduces new concert series

Thursday, July 28th, 2011
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Kahilu introduces new concert series

Special to NHN

EDITOR’S NOTE: A feature on the entire Kahilu season will appear next month.

The Theatre’s 2011/2012 season kicks-off in September and runs through June 2012 with an impressive line-up of musicians and performers in three different and exciting series.

The newest series to join our 31st Season is the 5FOR5SERIES. The line-up of artists for this series includes Te Vaka; Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR); ETHEL/Jeff Peterson/Alpin Hong; First Person – Seeing America (a multi-media presentation); and Raul Midon. Patrons can purchase a season ticket for all five performances for just $25! An amazing value at $5 per ticket per concert! This ticket series must be purchased by Oct.15. After Oct.15, individual seats for each 5FOR5SERIES concert will be available for $25 each; which is still an incredible value.

TE VAKA launches the series on Friday, November 4 at 8 p.m. A unique group of eight musicians and dancers from New Zealand and the neighboring islands make up this dynamic band; lead by composer Opetaia Foa’i. Inspired by their Polynesian heritage, this internationally recognized group has brought original, traditionally-influenced, contemporary Pacific music to the world. Te Vaka means “the canoe” in the language of Tokelau and is a reference to the voyaging origins of this New Zealand musical group.

Haitian-American artist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) is next in the line-up. DBR will be performing on Wednesday, December 7 at 7 p.m. An innovative composer, performer, violinist and band leader, he has made a name for himself across the musical spectrum; having collaborated and performed with Philip Glass, Cassandra Wilson, Bill T. Jones and Lady Gaga. DBR melds his classical music roots with his own cultural references and vibrant musical imagination.

The collaboration amongst this trio of musical talents, ETHEL – Jeff Peterson – Alpin Hong on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m., is not to be missed. Acclaimed as America’s premier post-classical string quartet, ETHEL invigorates contemporary concert music with refreshing exuberance, fierce intensity, imaginative programming and exceptional artistry. Jeff Peterson, recognized as one of Hawaii’s most versatile musicians, is at the heart of the Hawaiian music scene today. His focus on slack key guitar, classical and jazz music has allowed him to develop a unique voice on the guitar; while being deeply rooted in traditions of his Hawaiian heritage. Peterson has also contributed to two Grammy Award-wining recordings. Youthful vivacity and boundless energy are synonymous with Alpin Hong. Rooted in extensive classical training as a pianist, he has the astonishing ability to connect with people of all ages, experiences and backgrounds. Mr. Hong is appropriately called, “Classical for the iPod generation!”

First Person – Seeing America combines iconic photographs of the Civil War, Great Depression, the Western migration of Europeans and images depicting the 19th century Eastern urban centers from The Metropolitan Museum of Art with the music of Ensemble Galilei and readings by NPR’s Neal Conan and actress Lily Knight to create a remarkable and powerful story. Great photographers captured it all – hardship, war, and the gritty determination of extraordinary people against the magnificent landscape of the West and the Eastern urban centers. First Person – Seeing America will be presented Friday, March 9 at 8 p.m.

Singer and Guitarist, Raul Midon is a contemporary, soulful tenor whose dazzling percussive guitar style has received much attention since appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman. Blind by birth, Midon has always experienced the world differently than most. “I don’t believe that blindness makes you a better musician,” Midon says. “I think perhaps it focuses you in a very pragmatic way.” Mr. Midon will be performing at the Kahilu Theatre on Sunday, March 25 at 7 p.m.

“The Kahilu Theatre Foundation has always worked to make live performing arts experiences more accessible to the community” according to Janet Coburn, Managing Director of the theatre. “Due to the generosity and unprecedented support of our community sponsors, we are able to bring the 5FOR5SERIES to the public for the incredible price of $5 per performance!”

Season tickets for the 5FOR5SERIES series will be available as of August 1 and can be purchased through the Kahilu Theatre box office by calling 885-6868. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Diners, Discover and JCB cards are accepted.

The 5FOR5SERIES is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Kate Bell PHD, Tom Blackburn PHD, Norma Foster Maddy, Clive and Carol Davies, Yvonne Khouri-Morgan, Jim Monk, Charlotte Nairn, Mimi and Brian Kerley, Sylvia Abernathy, Sherron and Stephen Rossenberger. The Kahilu Theatre Foundation is supported by the State Foundation for Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the State Legislature; by the National Endowment for the Arts; by the grants from various charitable foundations; Hawaii Tourism Authority; County of Hawaii Department of Research & Development; and by individual and corporate donations.

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