Maui Pops Orchestra Concerts for the 2013-2014 Season
All Concerts are at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC)
All Concerts are at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC)
2013-2014 Season Tickets
For those of you who would like to purchase our "season ticket" package at a discounted price for all of our concert performances, please call the MACC Box Office (242-7469) before the first concert, Holiday Pops (December 8th). Tell them that you would like our 3-concert, season ticket offer and they will assist you with your seat selection.
We have three concerts identified for this coming season:
Holiday Pops - December 8, 2013 (Sunday) at 3:00pm
The Maui Pops will present special guests in each half of this concert to honor Maui Pops Orchestra's founder, Auriol Flavell, for her 90th birthday. The first half includes "The Bells of Christmas" (orchestra only) and pianist, Hyperion Knight, returning to perform Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in A minor. One of the most popular piano concertos (composed in 1868), it is a classic from the Romantic Era.
The second half features NÄ Leo Lani O Maui, Maui’s Hawaiian Community Choir, under the direction of Mr. Gale Wisehart and Kumu Uluwehi Guerrero. They will join the Maui Pops Orchestra for a program of holiday favorites entitled, Peace On Earth.
Hailing from Maui, Hawai'i, Uluwehi Guerrero is an internationally acclaimed, multi award-winning Na Hoku Hanohano Vocalist and Recording Artist. His rich cultural heritage and substantial travel have helped shape a uniquely soothing voice with wide range, rich tone and spirited, artful interpretation. Uluwehi sings in both traditional and contemporary styles, and has performed for audiences from New York's Carnegie Hall to top venues throughout Japan, both as soloist and with Hawai'i's Greats. His bi-annual concert at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center with his Hula Halau Hula Kauluokala is always a sell-out.
Special guest Hyperion Knight has explored music from the concert hall, Broadway, jazz, and opera. Born in Berkeley, California, pianist Hyperion Knight is a soloist and recording artist whose performances are known for their artistic depth, technical brilliance and immense personal flair, as well as his wide-ranging repertoire, including the Classical repertoire, popular standards, and classic rock.
Hyperion Knight started playing the piano at the age of 5 and graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music at 19, followed three years later by a Master's Degree and Doctorate from the Cleveland Institute of Music which honored him with its prestigious Arthur Loesser Award. He moved on to New York City for private studies with distinguished members of the Juilliard School of Music, including Jerome Lowenthal.
Hyperion Knight has made numerous recordings including, among others, Gershwin by Knight, A Classical Knight, Rhapsody (A Centenary Tribute to Gershwin), Mussorgsky's Pictures at An Exhibition, Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata, Stravinsky's Petrouchka, Music Of Chopin, and Chopin by Knight.
Sponsorship for Hyperion Knight has been provided by Auriol Flavell.
Broadway Pops "Dancing and Romancing" - January 19, 2014 (Sunday) at 3:00pm
Broadway stars Joan Hess and Kirby Ward bring their thrilling "Dancing and Romancing" program to the Maui Pops. This tribute to the 1930's features the music of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, and George Gershwin, and brings you a program of song and dance inspired by Fred and Ginger. The Maui Pops Orchestra will be in full swing, and will also perform a few of it’s own Broadway favorites.
Kirby has worked in the arts on five continents and in film, television, and stage for almost 30 years. He’s been a resident of Los Angeles and London, and now makes his home in Connecticut, but he continues to work in theatre and film all over the world.
When cast as Bobby Child in the London production of Crazy For You, Kirby took his whole family along. His portrayal of the lead character in this West End premier netted him an Olivier award nomination, as well as the honor of meeting and performing for the royal family on the Queen Mum’s birthday. You can hear him on the London cast album for First Night Records.
As an actor he’s run the gamut of song and dance roles, playing every “Billy” or “Bobby” from My One and Only to 42nd Street, and a couple of Don’s and Tom’s thrown in to mix things up (That would be Singin’ in the Rain and No No Nanette for those keeping score). Departing from the song and dance motif has lead him into such roles as King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar, Arnolph in School For Wives, Vernon in They’re Playin’ Our Song, and even a stint as Che in Evita.
New York area audiences have seen Kirby’s work as an actor in Hal Prince’s Show Boat! (Frank Schultz), in the Off-Broadway revival cast of Cocoanuts, (Harvey) and in Company (David) as well as the recent Never Gonna Dance at the Broadhurst. His direction and choreography in the metro area for Dames at Sea, The Jazz Singer and Grease were all critically acclaimed. On television he’s appeared on Law and Order, Special Victims Unit, General Hospital, The Tonight Show, and numerous commercials. Film appearances include For the Boys, Pennies From Heaven, and S.O.B. Recently, he appeared as Bob Hope with Dick Cavett at the Library of Congress’ celebration for Bob Hope’s 100th Birthday.
In Los Angeles Kirby choreographed portions of Debbie Reynolds’ and Donald O’Connor’s Las Vegas acts, appearing in both for a number of years as a singer and dancer. He also trained Bette Midler and James Caan in song and dance technique for their film For The Boys for 20th Century Fox. Also, while in Los Angeles, he worked as a writer for television at Hanna Barbera Studios. Most recently, his original short film Down in the Mouth was awarded best short film at the Kent Film Festival in Kent, CT (www.downinthemouthmovie.com).
Kirby is living in the woods of Connecticut with his wife and three kids, where he's putting the finishing touches on the book of a brand new musical called Romancing the Throne.
Joan Hess played the role of the wealthy and hilarious Tanya in her fifth Broadway show, Mamma Mia. She was also seen as Jessica (the “Leggy Blonde”) in HBO’s award-winning comedy series, Flight of the Conchords. She recently had the great honor of working with television’s iconic director Jay Sandrich (Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, Get Smart, Cosby Show) when she played Doris in Same Time, Next Year (Best Actress Nomination)and Jennie in Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical play Chapter Two. Prior to that, she had the great fortune of playing the plum role of Billie Dawn in Garson Kanin's classic play Born Yesterday. Ms. Hess was also featured on Broadway as Patsy in Crazy for You, as Edie and Hattie in Kiss Me Kate, as Sophia in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, where she understudied the lead roles of Christine and Muriel, and as Bridgette in Bells are Ringing, where she understudied Faith Prince in the lead role. She appeared at the Lincoln Center in the lead role in Dessa Rose, the powerful Lynn Ahrens/ Stephen Flaherty piece, directed by 10-time Tony Award nominee, Graciela Daniele. She appeared as Betty in the First National Tour of Sunset Boulevard, Polly in the First National Tour of Crazy for You, and she toured the country with 42nd Street and Beehive, as well.
Regional theater audiences and critics, alike, lauded her performance in the title role in Gypsy (Best Actress Nomination) at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and as Picasso’s first love, Fernande Olivier, in the World Premier of La Vie en Bleu, at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theater. As Ann in The 1940's Radio Hour, she also received a Best Actress Nomination. She played the lead role of Maddy in the Australian import Hot Shoe Shuffle, Lilly McBain in Swingtime Canteen, Irene Molloy in Hello Dolly with Avery Schreiber, Peggy in The Taffetas, Irene in Crazy for You, Grace in Annie, and Rona in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other Regional appearances include Grand Hotel, Closer than Ever, Sweet Charity, and the lead role in the World Premiere of Noel Coward and Jeffry Hatcher's Bon Voyage at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, among others. Her non-musical regional performances include the plays Steel Magnolias (Shelby), Six Characters in Search of an Author (the Actress), The Dining Room (Second Actress), Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale in the lead role of Queen Hermione, and The 39 Steps (Annabella/Margaret/Pamela), which she also Assistant Directed and Choreographed.
Ms. Hess was featured in the PBS Great Performances series in My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs, hosted by Julie Andrews. She has performed with numerous symphonies around the world, from Houston, Atlanta, North Carolina and Detroit Symphonies to the Philly Pops and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. In 2002, she had the privilege of singing for the World Economic Forum following Mayor Bloomberg's address.
Sponsorship for Mr. Ward and Ms. Hess has been provided by Steve and Billie Moksnes.
Maui Pops "March Movie Madness" - March 23, 2014 (Sunday) at 3:00pm
Music from your favorite movie scores covering several decades, including well-known composers John Williams, The Beatles’ John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and Henry Mancini. If you don't remember the composer, you will surely know the familiar music of Walt Disney, James Bond, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, and many others. The Maui Pops Orchestra will bring out all the bells and whistles for this fun program. Come join us for an afternoon of movie madness.
Check out the photos and information in the "News" section concerning our highly successful concerts in the past 2012-2013 season.
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