Hawaii Performing Arts Festival [HPAF] launches its 14th Hawaii Island season on June 26th, offering a busy Festival schedule that includes two fully staged operas and a musical with orchestra, plus a diverse array of classical, jazz, cabaret, and chamber music events from Hilo to Kona. More than 150 students, faculty, and guest artists from Hawaii Island and around the world will participate in the Summer Festival this year. Since its first season in 2005, HPAF has become internationally known as a presenter of high quality performances and a respected training program for aspiring young musicians.
The Festival opens on June 26 with “I Love A Piano” (Honu Bar at Mauna Lani), featuring New York City pianist Phil Kadet, followed by Under the Stars: American Pops on June 27 (The Shops at Mauna Lani), and a return of HPAF’s perennial favorite “Opera on the Rocks,” with songs and arias performed in a lively, cocktail lounge setting, on June 30 (Palace Theatre, Hilo) and July 1 (Hapuna Beach Westin).
Highlights of the season include productions of G.F. Handel’s Alcina, a Baroque opera, performed on July 7 and 8 with harpsichord and chamber orchestra at Davies Chapel, HPA campus. Little Women, a contemporary opera by Mark Adamo based on the 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott, opens on July 13 at the Kahilu Theatre, Waimea, and July 15 at the Palace Theater, Hilo. The season closes with Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street on July 21 at the Kahilu Theatre and July 23 at the Palace Theater.
“When HPAF Artistic Director Val Underwood and I came to Waimea in 2005, we didn’t know a soul,” recalls Genette Freeman, co-founder and current Director of Development. “We knocked on doors and left our newly printed business cards around town. Somehow, we managed to piece together our first season, and in the beginning, there were often more performers onstage than people in the audience. Look at us now! Our signature events have become summer favorites and sell out quickly. And, with the vision and energy of our new Executive Director Justin John Moniz, HPAF is surging forward.”
Central to the Festival’s success is its commitment to the value and power of music education for youth. HPAF provides scholarships, funded by Hawaii-based and out-of-state groups and individuals, to aspiring young local artists, making it possible for them to attend the Festival and receive training from internationally renowned teachers without an expensive trip to the Mainland.
“We believe in empowering artists to use their voices to tell a story, inspire a cause, raise awareness, and make a difference. This year, HPAF will award $82,375 in scholarship and financial aid, the most in HPAF’s 14-year history. 100% of local participants will receive financial aid,” said Executive Director Justin John Moniz.
Hawaii Performing Arts Festival is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. For more information about the organization, to see the complete Festival schedule and buy tickets, visit www.HawaiiPerformingArtsFestival.org
or call 808-333-7378
HPAF SUMMER 2018 SCHEDULE
I LOVE A PIANO
Tuesday, June 26, 7 pm. Kohala Coast, Honu Bar, Mauna Lani Hotel. New York City’s Phil Kadet returns for a fun evening of piano bar favorites. Sponsored by the Kent-Meschke Ohana and Carol and Clive Davies. $65
UNDER THE STARS: AMERICAN POPS!
Wednesday, June 27, 6 pm, Kohala Coast, The Shops at Mauna Lani. Join HPAF Executive Director Justin John Moniz and Grammy Award-winner Danny Belcher for a spectacular evening of American classics, accompanied by HPAF favorite Phil Kadet on the piano. Sponsored by the Shops at Mauna Lani. Free
OPERA ON THE ROCKS
Saturday, June 30, 7 pm, Hilo Palace Theater Lobby. Come cool down as HPAF’s faculty stars serenade you with famous operatic arias and musical theatre classics. Libiamo! $30
OPERA ON THE ROCKS
Sunday, July 1, 4 pm, Breezeway at the Hapuna Beach Westin. Libiamo! $60
Thursday, July 5, 7 pm, Kohala Ranch, Home of Andrew Czajkowski. Join HPAF faculty artists Rachel Copeland [soprano]and Paul Floyd [piano]for an evening of classical song in a beautiful, intimate setting. Wine and dessert will be served. $75
Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8, 7 pm, Waimea, Davies Chapel on the HPA campus. Sorcery, seduction, and love – don’t miss HPAF’s first-ever staging of Handel’s classic operatic masterpiece, accompanied by period chamber orchestra. Directed by Jennifer McGregor. Sponsored by Marilyn and Carl Bernhardt. $10
GREAT PERFORMANCES I
Tuesday, July 10, 7 pm, Waimea, Davies Chapel on the HPA campus. HPAF’s renowned faculty in a concert of opera and chamber music greats. Sponsored by Paul Dahlquist and family, and Dr. Marcia and Stanley Wishnick. Free
CABARET AND CABERNET
Wednesday, July 11, 7 pm, Kailua-Kona, Aloha Theatre. Starring the cast of Sweeney Todd in an entertaining “anything goes” concert of Broadway gems. Sponsored by the Kent-Meschke Ohana. $25
STARS OF TOMORROW
Thursday, July 12, 7 pm, Waimea, Davies Chapel on the HPA campus. HPAF’s Young Singers in a concert of songs and arias. Sponsored by the Dorrance Family Foundation. Free
Friday, July 13, 7 pm, Hilo Palace Theater. American composer Mark Adamo revives Louisa May Alcott’s classic civil war novel in this contemporary operatic masterpiece. Accompanied by orchestra. Tickets $25 available at the Palace Theater box office or 808-934-7010, or online at www.HawaiiPerformingArtsFestival.org
PUPU AND PUCCINI
Saturday, July 14, 4 pm, Honoka’a, Café Il Mondo. Join the cast of Alcina for an afternoon of operatic favorites, pupu and sparkling beverages. Sponsored by Duncan Dempster. $40
Sunday, July 15, 4 pm, Waimea Kahilu Theatre. American composer Mark Adamo revives Louisa May Alcott’s classic civil war novel in this contemporary operatic masterpiece. Accompanied by orchestra. Sponsored by Barbara Sterne and Dr. Marcia and Stanley Wishnick. Tickets $18-$28-$38 available only through the Kahilu Theater at 808-885-6868 or KahiluTheatre.org
GREAT PERFORMANCES II
Tuesday, July 17, 7 pm, Waimea, Davies Chapel on the HPA campus. More great performances featuring HPAF’s stellar faculty artists. Sponsored by Clive and Carol Davies. Free
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
Thursday, July 19, 7 pm, Waimea, Kahilu Theatre. The artistic team of last season’s Mikado returns to serve you some of the finest meat pies in town – attend the tale! Accompanied by orchestra. Sponsored by Dr. Marcia and Stanley Wishnick. Tickets $25-$35-$45 available only through the Kahilu Theater at 808-885-6868 or KahiluTheatre.org
YOUNG SINGER SHOWCASE
Friday, July 20, 7 pm, Waimea, Davies Chapel on the HPA campus. A fully staged evening of opera and musical theatre scenes featuring our high school performers. Sponsored by the Dorrance Family Foundation and Duncan Dempster. $10
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
Saturday, July 21, 7 pm, Hilo Palace Theater. The artistic team of last season’s Mikado returns to serve you some of finest meat pies in town – attend the tale! Accompanied by orchestra. Tickets $25 available at the Palace Theater box office or 808-934-7010, or online at www.HawaiiPerformingArtsFestival.org
Information is subject to change. Please confirm at www.HawaiiPerformingArtsFestival.org.
Please bring a nonperishable food item to help feed Waimea’s hungry to all Davies Chapel performances.
Auxiliary Program: Fight the Fright. Final cabaret performance of the 2018 Lifelong Singer program. Sunday, June 24, 4 pm, Waimea, Davies Chapel on the HPA campus. Free