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April 30th, 2009
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Pops: Something for everyone

The Honolulu Symphony’s pops season next year will feature Glenn Campbell, original Supremes member Mary Wilson, stage and film star Ben Vereen, and local faves Jimmy Borges and Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole.
The Toyota Pops season, conducted by maestro Matt Catingub at Blaisdell Concert Hall, thus offers a rainbow of music and something for everyone — from “Rhinestone Cowboy” to “Pippin,” from “Baby Love” to memory-makers from the Frank Sinatra songbook. Plus there will be Hawaiiana aplenty, including ki ho’alu, and fabled songs from The Beatles.
The lineup:
• Ben Vereen, Broadway legend, at 8 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24. Vereen has appeared in “Wicked,” “Fosse,” “Hair,” “Jesus Christ Supertsar,” and “Pippin,” and is known for his roles as Chicken George in “Roots” and Satchmo in “Louis Armstrong — Chicago Style.”
•“Abbey Road,” at 8 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14. This evening celebrates the 40th anniversary of The Beatles’ legendary album, encompassing such hits as “Come Together,” “Something,” “Octopus’ Garden” and “Here Comes the Sun.”
• Glenn Campbell, at 8 pm. Dec. 11 and 12. With a Holiday Pops theme, there will be some Christmas elements but Campbell’s chartbusters will be the draw — “Gentle on My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” and “Wichita Lineman.”
• Melody Gardot, at 8 p.m. Jan. 8 and 9. Gardot, a singer-songwriter in the jazz-blues vein, makes her Honolulu debut with classic blues, pop, jazz and folk in the Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday and Nina Simone mold.
• Mary Wilson of The Supremes, at 8 p.m. March 26 and 27. Wilson is one of the founding members of the girl group linked with Diana Ross and the Motown sound. Get ready for "Baby Love" and "I Hear a Symphony."
•Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole, a voice of Hawaii’s new generation of prolific performers, at 8 p.m. April 16 and 17. In a concert themed “A’iwa’iwa,” expect the Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner and ‘olapa of Halau O Kekuhi to share his music fused in his Island heritage; Kanaka’ole comes from an ‘ohana with deep roots in hula, chant and the ‘aina. With slack key masters Jeff Peterson, Cyril Pahinui and Dennis Kamakahi.
• Jimmy Borges, at 8 p.m. April 30 and May 10. Borges sings the music of Frank Sinatra, and is known to his fans as “the keeper of the flame,” since he keeps the legend of O’l Blue Eyes alive.
Season tickets are on sale now to the general public. Call 792‐2000 (weekdays) or 524‐0815 ext. 245 (evenings).

Dance: Ballet springs into action

The Hawaii State Ballet’s Spring Performance, mounted by artistic directors John Landovsky and Gina Surles, will be at 2 and 6 p.m. May 9 at Mamiya Theatre, Saint Louis High School.
The performance will showcase the talents of nearly every dancer in the school, ranging in age from 3 years to adult.
Dancers aged 3 to adult will perform Landovsky’s “Serenade,” with music by Tchaikovsky, performed by the advanced class, and “La Favorita, with music by Donizetti, will be danced by the junior IV class.
Tickets are $20, available at the door an hour prior to curtain time.
Landovsky founded Hawaii State Ballet 1983 with a goal to develop well-trained dancers, both technically and artistically, who are able to compare with dancers internationally. His former students have excelled in the ballet community nationally and internationally.

Party: Longhi’s marks 6th anniversary

Longhi’s at Ala Moana Center will mark its sixth anniversary with music, dancing and Italian-style pizza all night on Funkaholic Friday May 8.
Musicians will uncork funky music, said Charlie Longhi. Drink specials and no cover charge will also be on the agenda.

Eat: Pre-fixe at Chai’s includes book

Island chef Chai Chaowasaree of Chai’s Island Bistro and Singha Thai restaurants has turned author. With music as part of his mix at his Aloha Tower Marketplace eatery, he’s doing some added-value marketing, starting tomorrow (May 1). Buy a pre-fixe dinner, get his Island Bistro Cookbook valued at $32.50 in stores.
The special menu includes five signature courses from Chai’s cookbook, from appetizer to dessert, for $55. A party of two ordering the special receives the cookbook.
The deal includes a combo appetizer platter, corn chowder with Okinawan sweet potato, a duck breast carpaccio salad, a Sterling Silver beef tenderloin Wellington and a crème brulee sampler.
Reservations: 585-0011.

Pops: Something for everyone

The Honolulu Symphony’s pops season next year will feature Glenn Campbell, original Supremes member Mary Wilson, stage and film star Ben Vereen, and local faves Jimmy Borges and Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole.
The Toyota Pops season, conducted by maestro Matt Catingub at Blaisdell Concert Hall, thus offers a rainbow of music and something for everyone — from “Rhinestone Cowboy” to “Pippin,” from “Baby Love” to memory-makers from the Frank Sinatra songbook. Plus there will be Hawaiiana aplenty, including ki ho’alu, and fabled songs from The Beatles.
The lineup:
• Ben Vereen, Broadway legend, at 8 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24. Vereen has appeared in “Wicked,” “Fosse,” “Hair,” “Jesus Christ Supertsar,” and “Pippin,” and is known for his roles as Chicken George in “Roots” and Satchmo in “Louis Armstrong — Chicago Style.”
•“Abbey Road,” at 8 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14. This evening celebrates the 40th anniversary of The Beatles’ legendary album, encompassing such hits as “Come Together,” “Something,” “Octopus’ Garden” and “Here Comes the Sun.”
• Glenn Campbell, at 8 pm. Dec. 11 and 12. With a Holiday Pops theme, there will be some Christmas elements but Campbell’s chartbusters will be the draw — “Gentle on My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” and “Wichita Lineman.”
• Melody Gardot, at 8 p.m. Jan. 8 and 9. Gardot, a singer-songwriter in the jazz-blues vein, makes her Honolulu debut with classic blues, pop, jazz and folk in the Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday and Nina Simone mold.
• Mary Wilson of The Supremes, at 8 p.m. March 26 and 27. Wilson is one of the founding members of the girl group linked with Diana Ross and the Motown sound. Get ready for "Baby Love" and "I Hear a Symphony."
•Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole, a voice of Hawaii’s new generation of prolific performers, at 8 p.m. April 16 and 17. In a concert themed “A’iwa’iwa,” expect the Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner and ‘olapa of Halau O Kekuhi to share his music fused in his Island heritage; Kanaka’ole comes from an ‘ohana with deep roots in hula, chant and the ‘aina. With slack key masters Jeff Peterson, Cyril Pahinui and Dennis Kamakahi.
• Jimmy Borges, at 8 p.m. April 30 and May 10. Borges sings the music of Frank Sinatra, and is known to his fans as “the keeper of the flame,” since he keeps the legend of O’l Blue Eyes alive.
Season tickets are on sale now to the general public. Call 792‐2000 (weekdays) or 524‐0815 ext. 245 (evenings).

Dance: Ballet springs into action

The Hawaii State Ballet’s Spring Performance, mounted by artistic directors John Landovsky and Gina Surles, will be at 2 and 6 p.m. May 9 at Mamiya Theatre, Saint Louis High School.
The performance will showcase the talents of nearly every dancer in the school, ranging in age from 3 years to adult.
Dancers aged 3 to adult will perform Landovsky’s “Serenade,” with music by Tchaikovsky, performed by the advanced class, and “La Favorita, with music by Donizetti, will be danced by the junior IV class.
Tickets are $20, available at the door an hour prior to curtain time.
Landovsky founded Hawaii State Ballet 1983 with a goal to develop well-trained dancers, both technically and artistically, who are able to compare with dancers internationally. His former students have excelled in the ballet community nationally and internationally.

Party: Longhi’s marks 6th anniversary
Longhi’s at Ala Moana Center will mark its sixth anniversary with music, dancing and Italian-style pizza all night on Funkaholic Friday May 8.
Musicians will uncork funky music, said Charlie Longhi. Drink specials and no cover charge will also be on the agenda.

Eat: Pre-fixe at Chai’s includes book

Island chef Chai Chaowasaree of Chai’s Island Bistro and Singha Thai restaurants has turned author. With music as part of his mix at his Aloha Tower Marketplace eatery, he’s doing some added-value marketing, starting tomorrow (May 1). Buy a pre-fixe dinner, get his Island Bistro Cookbook valued at $32.50 in stores.
The special menu includes five signature courses from Chai’s cookbook, from appetizer to dessert, for $55. A party of two ordering the special receives the cookbook.
The deal includes a combo appetizer platter, corn chowder with Okinawan sweet potato, a duck breast carpaccio salad, a Sterling Silver beef tenderloin Wellington and a crème brulee sampler.
Reservations: 585-0011.

Celebrate: Lei Day in Honolulu
May Day is Lei Day in Honolulu — and the city’s 82nd Lei Day Celebration unfolds from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (May 1) at the Kapi’olani Park Bandstand area.
For the second consecutive year, there is no longer the traditional Brothers Cazimero May Day concert nighttime at the Waikiki Shell. There is, however, a free daytime program at the bandstand.
The schedule:
• 9 to 10 a.m. — Royal Hawaiian Band.
• 10:15 a.m. to noon — Investiture ceremony for the 2009 Lei Queen and Court.
• Noon to 12:50 p.m. — Kapena.
• 1 to 1:50 p.m. — Na Wahine O KaHula Mai Ka Pu’uwai.
• 2 to 2:50 p.m. — Mana’o Company.
• 3 to 3:50 p.m. — Na Kupuna ‘O Ko’olau.
• 4 to 5:30 p.m. — Halau Hula ‘O Hokulani.
Also, the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Assn. will provide music from 1 to 4 p.m in the lei exhibit area between the bandstand and the shell.
Lei will be accepted for judging from 7:30 to 9 a.m., with judging from 10 a.m. to noon. Public viewing will be from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

One Response to “News you can use — for your leisure time”

  1. songbook music:

    songbook music...

    Hm, this post about Obama to Staff: "Get Me Some Music Fit for a Queen!" [Dan Collins] confuses me......