Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Kahilu Theatre Program Update - December 2013 through February 2014, Kamuela, Hawaii

 

The Theatre brings the pace up for the holidays and the busier visitor season, with 20 shows presented at the Theatre by March 1st, 2014.

 

Kahilu presents the giant of Zimbabwe Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi on Friday, January 24 at 7pm.  Known around the world as a truly great guitarist, vocalist, performer and composer, his trademark is his deep and gutsy voice.

 

Kamuela, Hawaii (December 6, 2013) - The Kahilu Theatre’s new season has got off to a tremendous start, with sold out crowds for Kaumakaiwa and Kekuhi Kanaka`ole in September, and for Keb Mo in October, and very appreciative houses for the Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Institute Concerts last month – from September to November the Theatre presented  13 shows with a total audience of almost 3,500 people.  It also shared four full shows for schools audiences and sent artists into schools for a total kids’ audience of 3,750.

 

The Theatre brings the pace up for the holidays and the busier visitor season, with 20 shows presented at the Theatre by March 1st, 2014.

 

Waimea Community Chorus will present its 20th Annual Holiday Choral Concert, entitled "SING NOEL", on Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 pm, and again Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 pm at Kahilu Theatre.  The 50-voice chorus is directed by Barbara Kopra.  This year's concert will feature Randol Alan Bass' magnificent "Gloria" along with a delightful selection of sacred, secular, and light hearted pieces. 

 

Amy Hānaiali`i will perform a special Christmas Concert with her full band, Steve Jones, Darryl Pellegrini and Kamuela Kimokeo on Thursday, December 19 at 7pm.  . Amy Hānaiali`i is Hawai`i’s top selling female vocalist of all time. All 12 of her albums have been in the top ten World Billboard Charts.  Amy has opened for numerous acts such as Diana Krall, Earth Wind and Fire, Boz Skaggs, and Carlos Santana and recorded an acclaimed duet with Willie Nelson on her Friends and Family CD. 

 

Just before the New Year, the Theatre presents a free concert from Ohrlando’s Chamber Ensemble on Sunday, December 29 at 11am in the foyer - a colorful bouquet of Salon-Musique, waltzes, polkas, dances and opera fantasies, with Roland Maurer on Oboe and Bassoon, and Ursula Hesse on Piano.

 

The Waimea Ocean Film Festival takes over the theatre from Thursday, January 2 through Sunday, January 5.  More details of the Film Festival program can be found at www.waimeaoceanfilm.org.  Expect dynamic, award-winning and thought-provoking films from around the world, along with speakers, artists and exhibits to match.

 

The Kahilu presents its own New Year Musical on Saturday, January 11 at 7pm and Sunday, January 12 at 2pm.  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a hit musical comedy about a fictional spelling bee set in Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally-quirky grown-ups – creating a charming and hilarious tale about over-achievers of all ages. This will be the first Kahilu-produced musical since the Richard Smart days.  The Broadway production was so successful, with six Tony Awards, that it has become a favorite with community productions.  Directed by Beth Dunnington, Kahilu board member and director of last January’s sold-out “Broadway in Hawaii” concert at Kahilu, with guest Musical Director Taylor Stephenson, who won the Los Angeles Ovation Award this summer for Best Musical Direction.

 

The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra will return to the Kahilu on Sunday, January 19 at 2pm.

 

Kahilu presents the giant of Zimbabwe Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi on Friday, January 24 at 7pm.  Known around the world as a truly great guitarist, vocalist, performer and composer, his trademark is his deep and gutsy voice. A member of Zimbabwe’s KoreKore tribe, Mtukudzi sings in the nation’s dominant Shona language along with Ndebele and English. He also incorporates elements of different musical traditions, giving his music a distinctive style, known to fans as “Tuku Music.”

 

Bluegrass vocalist and fiddle player Laurie Lewis and mandolin/guitarist Tom Rozum play a rousing afternoon set on Sunday, January 26 at 2pm.  Lewis is one of the great country and bluegrass vocalists of our time, her 30-year career as a stirring vocalist, gifted songwriter, champion fiddler, and topnotch bandleader has earned her a Grammy, and twice named her Female Vocalist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. Longtime collaborator Rozum’s crisp musicianship and comic banter add verve and excitement to every Laurie Lewis performance.

 

Makana will perform on Friday, January 31 at 7pm.  Makana’s unique blend of Hawaiian, folk and rock influences and the passion and energy of his performance engages his audience like few entertainers on the scene. He has performed worldwide in venues ranging from Tianjin Opera House to Bumbershoot in Seattle to WOMAD in England to The White House. Makana’s new album “RIPE” has just been released and will be available at the concert.

 

On Saturday, February 1st, from 10am to 3pm, the Kahilu Theatre will present another Free Family Fun Day, in conjunction with the Cherry Blossom Festival.  Japanese Tea Ceremony, Origami, Face Painting and many other activities will be offered.  The public will also be asked to vote on prospective artists for the 14/15 Season.

 

Kahilu will again present The Vagina Monologues over the weekend before Valentine’s Day, on Saturday, February 8 at 7pm and Sunday, February 9 at 2pm.  With a cast of political and theatrical stars from the Big Island including Sen. Malama Solomon and Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter, last year’s Kahilu Theatre production of Eve Ensler’s critically acclaimed The Vagina Monologues sold out days before opening night. “Best production of Vagina Monologues ever,” raved a CEO in attendance, “and I’ve seen New York and LA productions for years!” This riveting, socially illuminating production is as flat out hilarious as it is spectacularly emotional - a piece of theatrical history not to be missed for the 12+ crowd. Directed by actress/producer & Kahilu Board member, Jane Sibbett, 100% of proceeds go to services helping women and children in crisis.

 

Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance return to the Kahilu on Thursday, February 13 at 7pm, just in time for a Valentine’s date.  The Bad Boys are extremely talented and versatile dancers. Each dancer is hand-selected by the dance world’s very own “Bad Boy” Rasta Thomas based on their extraordinary physical abilities and artistry. BBD’s mission is to push the boundaries of dancing and to deliver the most exciting dance shows possible. BBD debuted to rave reviews and sold out crowds at Jacob’s Pillow 75th Anniversary Season in 2007 and continues to tour and sell out all over the world.

 

Kahilu presents the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition winner on Wednesday, February 19 at 7pm. The most prestigious classical piano competition in the world is the Van Cliburn Competition, held once every four years in June. Thirty pianists from all over the world competed for the Gold Medal in 2014 – and the extraordinary Vadym Kholodenko, age 26, beat out a truly fantastic field.  Kholodenko will present a program of Chopin, Bach, Schubert, Mendelsohn, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.

 

On Saturday February 22 at 7pm, the Aloha Bluegrass Band - Keoki Kahumoku, Brittni Paiva, Rion Schmidt and Katy Wexford - will present a "Piligrass" concert, their own blend of bluegrass and Hawaiian music. A-list bluegrass performers from Virginia, Larry and Jenny Keel will be joining them for the evening hoe down.

 

On Saturday March 1, at 7pm, Kahilu presents the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet – a late addition to the Season made possible by generous community sponsorship.  The ballet is renowned for bold vision – top global choreographers, distinctive groundbreaking works, and virtuoso dancers.  ASFB's unique pioneering spirit arises from a paired set of home cities: Aspen, nestled high in the Rocky Mountains, and Santa Fe, gracing the majestic Southwestern plateau.  For 16 years, the company has served as a prestigious incubator and a showcase for choreographic invention to popular and critical acclaim.  The performing troupe forms the core of a multifaceted arts organization with activities in both Aspen and Santa Fe.

 

As part of its renewed community emphasis, Kahilu Theatre launched a new `Ohana membership program in the summer.  There are many incentives for membership including invitations to special receptions and events, plus discounts on “Kahilu presents” shows.  Members at the $50 Family level and $100 Contributing level receive 5% discount on all tickets (up to 4 per show), Contributing Members at $250 and Sustaining Members at $500 receive 10% discounts and the Wao Kula Circle Members that support the theatre at $1000 and above receive 15% discounts.   The Kahilu `Ohana program encourages everyone to become members of the Theatre and invest in community arts and education.  Since its launch in July, over 230 new members have joined the ‘Ohana and collectively raised over $33,000.  The target is an ambitious $50,000 by the end of the year, which will then release a challenge gift made by an anonymous donor.

 

In addition to the public shows detailed, in the spring Kahilu will present more schools shows (of bluegrass, ballet and dance), after school arts programs, and master classes.  Any organization or artists interested in presenting their work at Kahilu Theatre should contact Artistic Director Tim Bostock at 382-3290 or at timbostock@hawaiiantel.net.

 

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For more information, to set up interviews with Artistic Director Tim Bostock, or with any Kahilu Theatre Board Members, and for press pictures (hi-res pictures available of all shows) please contact Tim Bostock at (808) 382-3290 or timbostock@hawaiiantel.net

 

 

 Contact & Media Visits  

 

Media Contact: Tim Bostock

Email: timbostock@hawaiiantel.net

Phone: 808 382 3290

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Kahilu Theatre

67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, Hawaii, 96743

Web: www.kahilutheatre.org

 

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Kahilu Theatre Program Update - December 2013 through February 2014, Kamuela, Hawaii

Kamuela, Hawaii - The Kahilu Theatre’s new season has got off to a tremendous start, with sold out crowds. The Theatre brings the pace up for the holidays and the busier visitor season, with 20 shows presented at the Theatre by March 1st, 2014. Upcoming performances will include: Waimea Community Chorus, Amy Hānaiali`i, Ohrlando’s Chamber Ensemble, The Waimea Ocean Film Festival, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, Laurie Lewis and mandolin/guitarist Tom Rozum, Makana, Free Family Fun Day, The Vagina Monologues, Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance,  Vadym Kholodenko, Aloha Bluegrass Band, and the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Any organization or artists interested in presenting their work at Kahilu Theatre should contact Artistic Director Tim Bostock at 382-3290 or at timbostock@hawaiiantel.net. www.kahilutheatre.org