UH Hilo spring concert to honor Jackie Pualani Johnson

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Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Kapili Choir and University Chorus join local vocal ensemble Harmony on Tap, guest soloists, actors and dancers to honor the career of retiring UH Hilo Drama Professor Jackie Pualani Johnson. Showtime for the spring choral concert, We Sing the Spring, is Sunday, May 7 at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

The concert, conducted by Amy Horst and accompanied by Walter Greenwood on piano, will feature songs from different periods of Johnson’s multi-faceted career with music from productions ranging from Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd to classics like South Pacific and gems from musicals for children of all ages.

“We are profoundly inspired by the career of Jackie Pualani Johnson,” Horst said. “With her guidance, we have reached into the treasure trove of musicals she has directed and performed in, and outward to the many performers, returning alumni and colleagues who are eager to honor Jackie in songs, scenes and dances choreographed by long-time Dance Instructor Celeste Staton. The program will also feature the insights and humor of Jackie's long-time friend, actor-director Jeri Gertz. ”

Tickets are open seating and priced at $12 General, $10 Discount and $5 UH Hilo/Hawaiʻi CC students (with a valid student ID) and children, up to age 17. Tickets are available by calling the UH Hilo Box Office at 932-7490 or by ordering online at artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu.

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