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Makana & HPU Symphony Orchestra to Dazzle MACC Audience

April 3, 2014
Maui Weekly

A rare pairing of the Hawaiian musical art form of ki ho'alu with symphonic classical music comes to the Castle Theater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center (The MACC), when slack key guitarist Makana joins forces with the Hawai'i Pacific University (HPU) Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, April 5, beginning at 7:30 p.m. To make the evening even more special, the alternative folk band sensation, Streetlight Cadence, will also be perform.

Makana is an award-winning slack key guitar player, singer and composer, called "dazzling" by The New York Times. Born and raised in Hawai'i, Makana began singing when he was 7 years old, took up 'ukulele at 9 and began learning to play slack key guitar at age 11. He is a protege of slack key guitar legends Bobby Moderow Jr. and Sonny Chillingworth.

Makana has played on three Grammy-nominated albums, including the soundtrack of the Academy Award-winning film, "The Descendants." In 2008, he was second runner-up in Guitar Player magazine's Guitar Superstar competition, and in 2012, he was awarded a Na Hoku Hanohano Ki Ho'alu Legacy Award by the Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts.

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Makana will join forces with the Hawai‘i Pacific University Symphony Orchestra at The MACC on Saturday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m.

The HPU Symphony is a performing ensemble comprised of experienced musicians who play violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba and percussion. Repertoire is selected according to enrolled instrumentation, but is primarily chosen from Western European classical genres. The symphony performs in campus events as well as on performance tours around the state, to the U.S. Mainland and abroad.

This joint concert of the HPU Symphony and Makana comes to Maui as a result of their wildly successful performance last year on O'ahu at Hawai'i Theatre. The nearly sold-out event encouraged Symphony Conductor Dr. Teresa McCreary to secure grant funding to be able to bring the event to Maui.

"We are very excited about bringing the entire 50-piece orchestra to Maui and sharing what we think is a magical collaboration!" said Dr. McCreary. "The energy from the students is absolutely palpable, and Makana's influence has played a significant role in their experience as growing musicians."

Tickets for this unique slack key-orchestral mix are $20 and $30, available at The MACC Box Office. Call 242-SHOW (7469) or visit Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased online anytime at

Students are encouraged to attend this concert at a special rate of just $10, and a $15 ticket price is offered for seniors and military personnel (identification is required for all discounted tickets).



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