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UHMC Institute of Hawaiian Music Student Showcase to Debut at the MACC

May 10, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Get ready for an unforgettable kanikapila-style concert at Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) featuring the next generation of Hawaiian music performers. University of Hawai'i Maui College's (UHMC) Institute of Hawaiian Music (IHM) will hold its first student showcase on Thursday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the McCoy Studio Theater. This special performance marks an important step towards the students' goal of becoming professional musicians and continuing Hawai'i's musical tradition. You'll hear a mix of 'ukulele, guitar, keyboards and vocals in the concert.

"This concert is the world premiere of the IHM students and the first of many we'll enjoy in the years ahead. The students have been learning together for only one semester and already we can see that our dream to preserve and promote Hawaiian music is alive and well," said UHMC Music Professor Dr. Robert D. Wehrman.

Under the direction of Grammy Award-winning slack key musician and Hawaiian artist George Kahumoku Jr., UHMC's Institute of Hawaiian Music is a one-of-a-kind, two-year musical mentorship program with professional Hawaiian musicians. The institute seeks out aspiring musicians and gives them personal training, guidance and knowledge through mentor-mentee relationships and provides exclusive opportunities to students to perform within the current Hawaiian music industry.

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University of Hawai‘i Maui College’s Institute of Hawaiian Music will hold its first student showcase of the next generation of Hawaiian music performers on Thursday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the McCoy Studio Theater.

"I'm really proud of all the hard work the students have put into rehearsing this show," said IHM coordinator George Kahumoku Jr. "They've all grown so much as musicians and I'm excited to see them perform Hawaiian music in front of a large audience."

Tickets for the show are available at the MACC Box Office, by calling 242-SHOW (7469) or go online to MauiArts.org. General admission is $20, $10 for students and seniors, and free for keiki 12 years and under (must be ticketed).

Enjoy pre-show dining in the McCoy Courtyard by Kalama's Local Grinds.

 
 

 

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