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Hawaii Performing Arts Festival kicks off 2011 season

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The 7th Annual Hawaii Performing Arts Festival (HPAF) is kicking off its 2011 season with an Opening Night Concert “Exotic Melodies” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at Davies Chapel in Waimea.

“Exotic Melodies” will feature guest artists from the festival’s renowned faculty performing classical music from around the world including Hawaii’s own Ignace “Iggy” Jang, best known as the concertmaster of the Honolulu Symphony; Laurence Paxton, chair of the music department at the University of Hawaii-Manoa; and Brad Ellis, “Brad, the Pianist” from the hit TV show Glee.

Ignace Jang

The Opening Night Concert serves as a welcome from HPAF faculty to the 72 students from around the world who will be participating in three weeks of musical training, and also a sneak peak for Big Island audiences to look forward to three weeks of exciting musical theater, theatrically staged operas, and the lilting sounds of the festival’s string program.

The concert is free and open to the public but a donation of a nonperishable food item is requested to help feed Waimea’s hungry.

The concert schedule also includes 17 free concerts and performances by HPAF faculty artists along with 72 students from around the world who will be participating in three weeks of musical training from mentors.

Brown Bag Events are free informal mid-day concerts held on the HPA campus and performed by HPAF faculty and students during their three weeks of intensive training.

For tickets or further information, call (808) 333-7378 or visit www.hawaiiperformingartsfestiv…

CONCERT SCHEDULE

* Gala Opening Night Concert: Exotic Melodies
Saturday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. Davies Chapel on HPA Campus A globetrotting tour of musical masterpieces evoking exotic ports of call as performed by HPAF Faculty Artists. Free to the public.

* Concert Conversations with Gary Hickling
Sunday, June 26 at 2 p.m. Gates Performing Arts Center on HPA campus The former Hawaii Public Radio broadcaster previews HPAF’s 2011 concert season using recorded and live illustrations. Free to the public. Sponsored by Mrs. Louis Emery, in memory of Dwight Emery.

* Brown Bag Event
Monday, June 27 at 12:15 p.m. Davies Chapel on HPA Campus Free to the public. Sponsored by Perino Designs.

* Young Artists Showcase
Friday, July 1, at 12:15 p.m. Davies Chapel on HPA Campus A Brown Bag Event. Classic musical theater favorites, directed by Laurence Paxton, Chair of the UH-Manoa Music Department. Free to the public. Sponsored by Waimea Coffee Company.

* Berlin in Lights
Friday, July 1, 7:30 p.m. Gates Performing Arts Center on HPA campus Music from Europe’s glittering salons, music halls, and opera stages. Free to the public. Sponsored by Monk’s Delight Kona Coffee and Carol and Clive Davies.

* Summer Enchantment [Sommer Verzauberun]
Saturday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m. Gates Performing Arts Center on HPA campus Masterpieces of German Leider. Free to the public.

* Chee-Yun and Friends
Sunday, July 3 at 4 p.m. Davies Chapel on HPA Campus Featuring international violin star Chee-Yun and Iggy Jang, best known as concertmaster of the Honolulu Symphony. Free to the public. Sponsored by Robert and Barbara Sterne.

* Brown Bag Event
Tuesday, July 5 at 12:15 p.m. Davies Chapel on HPA Campus Free to the Public. Sponsored by Waimea Gardens Bed and Breakfast.

* Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi
Wednesday, July 6 at 7 p.m. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Gala fundraiser. One of opera’s most entertaining comedies in a festive Italian evening at the Four Seasons. One act, 45 minutes. $39 includes dessert buffet. Antipasto bentos and cash bar available for purchase. Sponsored by Rhoady Lee and Alan Gartenhaus.

* Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi
Friday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. Gates Performing Arts Center on HPA campus This comic romp pits an obnoxious family lusting for wealth against a wily but lovable con artist. Teamed with scenes from some of opera’s favorites. An HPAF “Gold Rush” Event. Free to the public.

* Love Lost: Renee Tatum In Concert
Saturday, July 9 at 12:15 p.m. Davies Chapel on HPA Campus A Brown Bag Event. A stellar vocal concert by a rising young opera star. Tatum appears courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Free to the public. Sponsored by Big Island Buyers Brokers.

* Master Class Day: Public Voice Lesson
Saturday, July 9, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Davies Chapel on HPA Campus Observe festival students in the training process with our renowned faculty. Free to the public.

* Ellis and Alyson
Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m. Fairmont Orchid Ballroom Brad Ellis, “Brad the Pianist” from the hit TV show “Glee”, and his wife Eydie Alyson perform an entertaining evening of musical hits. Tickets $25. Sponsored by HPM Building Supply, Inc.

* HPAF Strings Present Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”
Sunday, July 10 at 2 p.m. Davies Chapel on HPA Campus One of music’s great masterpieces. With an introduction by KGMBTV-9’s Howard Dicus. Free to the public. Sponsored by Honolulu Watch Company.

* Brown Bag Event
Monday, July 11 at 12:15 p.m. Davies Chapel on HPA Campus Free to the public.

* Brown Bag Event
Tuesday, July 12 at 12:15 p.m. Davies Chapel on HPA Campus Free to the public.

* HPAF Strings Present Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”
Tuesday, July 12 at 7 p.m. Palace Theatre, Hilo One of classical music’s great masterpieces. Tickets to be purchased through the Palace Theatre Box Office at (808) 934-7010 during Box Office hours only from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays). $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Sponsored by Monk’s Delight Kona Coffee and Dr. Shapiro.

* L’incoronazione di Poppea
Wednesday, July 13 at 7 p.m. Davies Chapel on HPA Campus This Venetian masterwork from 1642 traces the machinations of the beautiful and power hungry Poppea to become “Queen of the World”. With harpsichord and Baroque orchestra. Free to the Public. Sponsored by Bailey Wharton and Clark Realty, Inc.

* Bastille Day Celebration
Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m. HPAF Strings. In conjunction with Arc of Kona, Aloha Theater. Masterpieces of French chamber music. Tickets $20. Sponsored by Alliance Francaise and Huggo’s.

* TropicGLEE II: The Golden Age of Broadway
Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m. Kahilu Theatre in Waimea Directed by Broadway actor and dancer Julio Monge, Musical Director, Brad Ellis, “Brad the Pianist” from hit TV show Glee. Free to the public. Sponsored by Tiffany & Co. and Waianuhea.

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