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UH Hilo Performing Arts Center announces 2017-18 season

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Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Contact: Ken Hupp, (808) 932-7668

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center (PAC) has unveiled its schedule of performances for the 2017-18 season, which begins on Wednesday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. with the Yara Arts Group’s production of Shank’s Mare.

“This beautiful and very detailed production combines Japanese traditional puppetry, live video projection of miniature sets and an original score performed live on hammered dulcimer, Japanese shamisen and flute,” said PAC Manager Lee Dombroski.

The Okareka Dance Company from New Zealand will present MANA WAHINE on Tuesday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. The all-female work utilizes dance, theatre and film to honor the essence of being a woman.

Abe Lagrimas Jr. will serve up his blend of jazz stylings on ukulele, vibes and drums accompanied by Dean Taba on bass and Noel Okimoto on drums and vibes on Wednesday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Holiday Card to Hilo: Welcome to the season, will be presented on Sunday, November 19 at 2 p.m. Performers include the UH Hilo Kapili Choir and University Chorus under the direction of Amy Horst, the Orchid Isle Orchestra directed by Cathy Young and the Hilo Community Chorus under the direction of Tom McAlexander.

Closing out the fall portion of the season will be the son of the late, legendary Frank Zappa and Grammy® Award winning artist Dweezil Zappa. Zappa will perform with the UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Trever Veilleux, Friday and Saturday, December 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m.

The PAC is also presenting a special event in the fall. The second annual Dance Collective, directed and produced by Dori Yamada, will feature performances by various Hawaiʻi Island choreographers and dancers, on Friday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.

The spring season begins on Thursday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m. with a traditional Japanese arts concert by Shamisen Master Goshiro Kineya, featuring melodies and the theatrical music of Kabuki traditions performed on traditional instruments by more than 60 artists from Japan.

Lead artists Ova Saopeng and Leilani Chan will explore the plight and challenges of immigrants and refugees and open a dialog to promote healing when TeAda Productions presents Masters of the Currents on Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.

The Alt., comprised of renowned guitarist and songwriter John Doyle; noted flautist, singer and songwriter Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O’Leary, who is one half of the critically acclaimed Murphy Beds will perform Irish ballads and freshly discovered songs of the rich Irish tradition on Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.

The season closes with the ‘local style’ comedy Aloha Las Vegas, directed by newly appointed UH Hilo Drama Assistant Professor Justina Mattos. Performance dates are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 12, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m.

Season subscription packages ranging in price from $70 to $156 will be available beginning August 29 by calling the PAC Box Office at 932-7490 or by ordering online at http//: www.artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu. Single tickets for all events will be available beginning September 19.


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