On a mission to put you in a merry mood, Maui Pops Orchestra, its guest vocalists and a skilled guest violinist will share holiday favorites in a festive atmosphere at Holiday Pops on Sunday, Dec. 2, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC).
Each year, the orchestra starts the holidays with its Holiday Pops concert, a family-friendly event in the MACC's Castle Theater that brings back memories and creates new ones for a joyful beginning to the season. As is the custom in Maui Pops Orchestra concerts, the program will include both popular and classical music.
Local vocalists will add a nostalgic touch with familiar holiday songs such as "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and "Sleigh Ride."
Start the holiday season with the Maui Pops Orchestra. Guest vocalists and violinist will share season favorites at Holiday Pops on Sunday, Dec. 2, at the MACC.
Joining the orchestra under the baton of Maui Pops' Music Director James Durham will be singers Erin Smith, Lily Meola, Felicity Raugust, Jimmy Mac, Jerry Eiting, Jamie Lawrence, and Alexis and Steven Dascoulias.
In addition to the singers' holiday classics, the 2012 concert will feature Ignace "Iggy" Jang, concertmaster of the Hawai'i Symphony and former concertmaster of the Maui Symphony. Jang will perform the first movement of each of the four concertos in Antonio Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons." One of the world's most beloved pieces of music, the Baroque masterpiece offers a musical interpretation of each of the four seasons of the year.
Jang is a faculty member of the music department at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. An active soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, he has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia in concert halls such as the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris, the Seoul Arts Center and the Sejong Cultural Arts Center.
This year, the orchestra is dedicating part of each ticket purchase to The Friends of the Children's Justice Center, which will use the funds to purchase gifts for teenage clients who have been victims of child abuse. In addition, audience members are invited to bring new, unwrapped gifts for children under age 13 who are clients of the agency.
The Friends, a nonprofit agency, fills the gaps in caring for Maui County's abused children. Throughout the year, the agency gathers donations to help with the cost of school clothes, transportation, special programs to help build self-esteem (such as hula lessons and summer camp), tutoring and other needs not met through any other organizations. The Annual Christmas Toy Drive provides gifts for more than 25 agencies that work with Maui's abused children.
Holiday Pops is supported in part by the Maui County Office of Economic Development, Hawai'i Tourism Authority, and the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai'i and by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tickets are $10 to $45, plus applicable fees. Call the MACC Box Office at 242-7469 or purchase online at www.mauiarts.org.