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Jazz Great Liane Carroll To Open 2013 Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival

One of the world’s foremost jazz artists, Liane Carroll, will open Hawaii Performing Arts Festival’s (HPAF) ninth season at the Kahilu Theatre on July 9. A perennial Hawai’i Island favorite, Ms. Carroll was named 2012 Vocalist of the Year by the British Jazz Awards, and has just released a new CD, Ballads, to rave reviews in the UK.


Following that concert, music lovers can experience Chee-Yun, the Korean-American violin charmer who performs with orchestras and festivals worldwide. Hilo audiences can take in a multimedia /string concert, and a raucous night of opera fun will take place at Huggo’s in Kona, plus three complete operas, a collaboration with Honoka’a jazz legend Gary Washburn, Baroque pieces and a Broadway review. Rising opera designer and director, James Darrah of last winter’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, returns. HPAF will perform at seven different venues all over Hawai’i Island in 2013. Many concerts will be free to the public.



An adjunct program of HPAF, Lifelong Singer 2013 is a program for adult singers of all abilities. “As far as we know, Lifelong Singer is unique in the world of singers and the only program of its kind.” states HPAF Artistic Director Val Underwood. From July 1-5 participants can study any kind of music—opera, jazz, pop, art song. The emphasis is on vocal technique, with lessons, coachings, master classes, and opportunities to perform. Liane Carroll will be in residence on July 4 and 5 to collaborate with students on song interpretation.

Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival offers ten free concerts, awards scholarships to young artists from Hawai’i, supports local food banks, and works with local nonprofits to provide free concert tickets to disadvantaged adults. Kids under 12 are admitted free to all concerts. .

A brand new membership society has just been announced, for music lovers who want to demonstrate their support on several different levels. HPAF is a 501[c]3 nonprofit arts organization

HPAF is supported by the State of Hawai’i Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the Richard Smart Fund of the Hawai’i Community Foundation, plus numerous generous individuals, private and family foundations. Volunteers and housing assistance are needed for the 2013 season.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org or call 808-333-7378.

Like HPAF at www.facebook.com/hawaiiperformingartsfestival.

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