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Harp, ‘Ukulele, Piano

Enjoy a rich variety of performances at the MACC this weekend.

March 1, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Enjoy a rich variety of performances at the MACC this weekend.

What do a Celtic harp, Hawaiian 'ukulele and international piano have in common? Outstanding performers at Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) this weekend.

On Friday, March 2, experience an innovative project entitled "First Person: Seeing America," a fusion of photographic images, spoken word and live music on the Castle Theater stage. "Seeing America" features historical images of rural Americans and events that shaped our nation from The Metropolitan Museum's photographic collection. "First Person" utilizes the voices of National Public Radio's Neal Conan and actress Lily Knight, who bring the people, places and events to life through poetry and prose. Adding to the mix is chamber music performed by Ensemble Galilei to enhance the images and words with traditional and original Celtic songs.

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Neal Conan. Photo: Antony Nagelmann

Tickets are $12, $28 and $38. Mulligan's On The Blue will cater pre-show dinner.

Next up on Saturday, March 3, is the return of Hawai'i 'ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro to the Castle Theater. Jake is renowned the world over for lightning-fast fingers and revolutionary playing techniques on the little 'ukulele. His shows with his band dazzle audiences with intricate strumming and plucking, electrifying high-energy grooves and deeply felt melodic ballads. He has gone viral on YouTube and performed for the Queen of England and the Grammy Awards on his mission to show everyone that the 'ukulele is capable of so much more than traditional Hawaiian music.

Tickets are going fast at $12, $35 and $45. Enjoy pre-show dinner in the courtyard from Aloha Events Catering.

For a lovely way to spend the late afternoon on Sunday, March 4, catch the performance of Soyeon Lee, top winner of the prestigious 2010 Naumberg International Piano Competition. From South Korea, Soyeon has been lauded as a pianist with "a huge, richly varied sound and a firm sense of style." Her debut CD, featuring sonatas of Scarlatti, was released in 2007 to critical acclaim. When she released her second album in 2009, she was awarded the Young Artist Award from the Classical Recording Foundation. Later this year, she'll record her next album in Toronto, featuring the opera transcriptions of Franz Liszt.

Tickets are $12, $30 and $40. Three's Bar & Grill will cater pre-show dining from 3 to 5 p.m.

Call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW or visit



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