August 19th, 2010
Melveen Leed makes her Hawaii Theatre concert debut with a fundraiser Sept. 11, to kick off Deaf Awareness Month.
The show, “The Many Moods of Melveen Leed,” is being presented by philanthropist Dr. Lawrence Tseu, to benefit the Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind. Showtime is from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Leed, also known as Da Tita, will draw from her diverse repertoire, tapping such musical genres as Hawaiian, jazz, country, Motown soul, Broadway tunes and international vibes.
She also will feature a multitude of guest artists to explore her chameleon sounds, including Babasango, a New Yorker and African conguero (conga player); Ciena Pelekai, the pint-sized Islander who has appeared on “America’s Got Talent” and Maury Pouvich’s “National Talent Search;” Pierre Grill, multi-instrumentalist sharing his “Cirque De Pierre” sounds; and 24/7 DanceForce, the award-winning dance ensemble led by Marcelo Pacleb whose students routinely have wound up on “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Marian Morrison, Hawaii choreographer who is the mother of a hearing-impaired son, will direct the show. Morrison, formerly known as Marian Jay, is a veteran dancer-educator and has served as Disney Entertainment Creative Show Development and Casting Consultant.
Tickets are $25 for general seating, $35 for premium seating, and $55 for VIP seating.
A pre-concert dinner package also is available for $150, includes a meal at Duc’s Bistro at 1188 Maunakea St., a Melveen Leed CD and VIP seating. Sponsorship packages also are available. Call Anna Meng at 523-7738, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.