Slack key master Makana performs with HPU ensembles, April 27

April 21, 2014

Makana and HPU
Makana performs with the Hawai‘i Pacific University Choir and the Symphony Orchestra at the Hawaii Theatre, April 27.

HONOLULU — Called “dazzling” by the New York Times, slack key guitar master Makana is joining forces with the Hawai‘i Pacific University Choir and the Symphony Orchestra for a sonically captivating evening of music at the Hawaii Theatre on Sunday, April 27, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Performing works from Native Inuit to Hawaiian, traditional Chinese to Bollywood fusion, and debuting both new Makana compositions as well as awe-inspiring arrangements of epic Neo-Classical compositions, this concert celebrates the diversity of cultural creativity with a massive ensemble of more than 100 performers on stage.

“I am excited to be collaborating with Makana in this night of fusion, incorporating the differing styles of music and ensembles and bringing it all together in an unforgettable evening of song,” said Esther Yoo, director of HPU Choral Activities.

Makana is the 2012 winner of the Na Hoku Ki Ho‘alu (Slack Key) Legacy Award by the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts. A protégé of slack key guitar legends, including Bobby Moderow Jr. and the late master Uncle Sonny Chillingworth, Makana has dedicated his life to perpetuating as well as evolving the traditional Hawaiian art form of ki ho alu (slack key guitar).

Students are highly encouraged to attend and special prices are available for HPU students, HPU faculty, and HPU staff, military, and seniors. IDs are required for all discounted tickets. Regular price tickets range from $20-$25. For more information or to purchase tickets call 1-808-528-0506, go online to www.hawaiitheatre.com.

Learn more about HPU’s Spring Concerts — including a free HPU Symphonic Band concert of John Williams music on April 29 at Roosevelt High School — at www.hpu.edu/SpringConcert or contact Teresa McCreary at (808) 544-0887 or email tmccreary@hpu.edu.