Image courtesy of Genette Freeman
(Media release) â€” â€œExotic Melodies,â€ Hawaii Performing Arts Festivalâ€™s 2011 season opener will take place at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 25, 2011, at Davies Chapel on the campus of Hawaiâ€™i Preparatory Academy in Waimea.Â Â The concert will feature guest artists from the festivalâ€™s renowned faculty performing classical music from around the world and is free to the public.Â Â Audience members are urged to bring a nonperishable food item for food banks in Waimea.Â Â A Meet the Artists reception will follow the performance.
â€œOpening Night Concert â€“ Exotic Melodiesâ€ kicks off a spectacular season, featuring two complete theatrically staged operas, musical theater evenings, concerts of German art song, and Vivaldiâ€™s â€œFour Seasonsâ€ presented by HPAFâ€™s string program.
Hawaiiâ€™s own Ignace â€œIggyâ€ Jang, best known as the concertmaster of the Honolulu Symphony and Laurence Paxton, chair of the music department at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, will perform, along with Brad Ellis, â€œBrad, the Pianistâ€ from the hit TV show Glee.Â Â Â The evening will begin with Juliana Gondek and Jennifer McGregor performing the Flower Song from â€˜Lakmeâ€™. â€œItâ€™s beautiful and exotic and tropical, a perfect opener to our season!â€ exclaims Val Underwood, Artistic Director.
The concert is dedicated to the memory of Marium Macion, head of security at HPA, who passed away last August.Â Â â€œFrom the very beginning of our festival back in 2005 Marium helped us in so many ways.Â Â A calm and steadying influence, he always had our back.Â Â We miss him a lot,â€ states Genette Freeman, Executive Director.
Now entering its seventh season, HPAF brings students to theÂ BigÂ IslandÂ from around the world, to study and perform together with a stellar international faculty.Â Â The result is 20 concerts in 20 days, many of them free to the public.Â Â Based atHawaiiÂ PreparatoryÂ AcademyÂ in Waimea, the world class festival awards scholarships to young artists fromÂ HawaiiÂ and contributes hundreds of thousands of tourist dollars toÂ Hawaii Islandâ€™s economy.Â Â Â For more information, visitwww.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org.
Pianos at the 2011 festival are provided by Piano Planet,Â Hawaiiâ€™s official Steinway dealer.Â Â Grand, upright and digital pianos are played during the festival, then sold at special festival pricing.Â Â For more information, contactGenette.firstname.lastname@example.org or call (808) 333-7378.
(Submitted by Genette Freeman.)