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Richard Lee and Friends in Concert April 26

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Date: Thursday, April 10, 2008
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaii at Hilo Performing Arts Department presents Richard Lee and Friends in Concert on Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center. This faculty recital will be a classical music/jazz combination and features some of the finest concert musicians in the State of Hawai`i.

The classical music portion will include flute works by Bach, Schubert, Caccini, Hovhaness, and Gaubert and features Anthony Maroudas on piano, Amy Yamasaki, soprano, and Lisa Lilja on bassoon. The jazz portion includes swing and Latin jazz standards and features Gregg Perry on piano, Bruce David on drums, and John Parker on bass, with Lee on flute and saxophone.

Lee is an associate professor of music at UH Hilo and has a Ph.D. in music composition from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has performed concerts and recorded throughout the United State and in Canada, has appeared on stage with Kenny Loggins, David Carradine and Keith Carradine, Sasha Butterfly, Ernie Andrews, Michael Murphy, and Mary McGregor, and recorded with Rodney Crowell, Teresa Bright, and Terry Duggins. He has served as principal flutist for the UH Hilo Symphony Orchestra and Hawai`i County Band.

Anthony Maroudas was born in South Africa and has performed as a pianist in various countries. He is currently living in Hilo and teaching and concertizing here.

Amy Yamasaki is a well-known soprano who has appeared in numerous solo and ensemble performances across the Big Island. She is currently a full-time music instructor at UH Hilo and teaches privately in Hilo.

Lisa Lilja is a Vermont native and alumnus of UH Hilo with a B.A. in music who has made the Big Island her home for many years. She has been the principal bassoonist for the UH Hilo Symphony Orchestra and the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra, and has made numerous chamber music appearances across the Big Island.

Gregg Perry is a producer, songwriter, keyboardist, and founder of Pecktunes LLC and Perryscope Records. He has recently produced music for Howard Shapiro, Kumanu, Lou Ann Gurney, Eros, Pauline Wilson, Rupert Tripp, Jr., Ho'okoa, and Darlene Ahuna, and appears weekly in Hilo with Jazz Mele.

Bruce David is one of Hawai`i's top drummers and recording engineers. He has played with numerous well-known performers, including many years as the drummer for Maria Muldaur. He is currently teaching at the Volcano School of Arts and Sciences, and performs weekly with Jazz Mele and with other groups around the Big Island.

John Parker is a versatile bassist who has performed with symphony orchestras in Europe and Ohio, and has appeared in concert with numerous celebrities, including Tommy Dorsey, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Etta Jones, Ernestine Anderson, Betty Carter, the Smothers Brothers, David Matthews Jazz Band, and many more.

Tickets for the concert are $5.00 general admission and $3.00 for students and seniors. For more information, contact Lee at or 974-7351.

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