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Maui Pops Orchestra 2018-2019 Season

All Concerts performed in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center Castle Theater

“Holiday Pops” – Sunday, December 2, 2018 3:00 p.m. – Featuring Henry Kapono, Guest Vocalist/Guitarist

Under the baton of Music Director James Durham, the 50+ member Maui Pops Orchestra invites you to ring in the holiday season with a festive concert featuring Grammy Award nominated, 14-time Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Henry Kapono.  You’ll enjoy some of his most-loved songs of the islands, as well as many holiday favorites.  Allow the joy of it all to draw you into the spirit of the season!

Henry Kapono

Native Hawaiian and Grammy nominated, Henry Kapono, is a multiple award-winning vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, and composer. Henry is one of Hawaii’s most popular and highest-selling recording musicians and is equally known for his community support and philanthropic endeavors.   Henry is also a successful author, actor & music producer and his company Kapono Inc., is one of Hawaii’s top entertainment management and concert production companies.

Henry has always kept many different irons in the fire, from landing a multi-album Columbia Records deal in the ’70s with the phenomenally popular duo, Cecilio & Kapono, to launching his successful solo career in the ’80s, which produced 17 albums and fans around the world. In 2006 His groundbreaking “The Wild Hawaiian” collaborations fused the power of Hawaiian traditions with driving rock rhythms and garnered him a GRAMMY nomination. 

Today, still firmly rooted at the creative forefront of contemporary Hawaiian music, Henry’s 2-decade strong “Dukes on Sunday” LIVE and now FACEBOOK LIVE afternoon concerts on Waikiki Beach have become legendary and a destination spot for visitors and locals alike.  In addition, his popular “Henry Kapono & Friends” and “Artist 2 Artist” ongoing concert series seamlessly pairs together Hawaii’s top entertainers in fun and unique collaborations and is are MUST experiences!

In 2017, Henry was honored at the Grammy Museum for his work as Cecilio & Kapono. Still relevant today, in 2018 The Songs of C&K have endured the test of time and have taken on a new life as a new generation of artists join Henry in his latest recording project, “The Songs of C&K”, re-recording the C&K classics and carrying the torch forward to a new generation!  

2018 almost marks the launch of the “The Henry Kapono Foundation” whose mission is to support the community through music and the arts and by giving with Aloha.

“Broadway Pops” – Sunday, January 13, 2019 3:00 p.m. – Featuring Vocalists Scarlett Strallen & Hugh Panaro – Sponsored by Steve & Billie Moksnes

Maui Pops Orchestra’s annual sell-out Broadway Pops concert features the vocal talents of Scarlett Strallen & Hugh Panaro. “Hollywood to Broadway” will include songs from My Fair Lady, The Wizard of Oz, Ice Castles, Phantom of the Opera and so much more.  These outstanding guest artists, with numerous credits on Broadway and beyond, will join the 50+ member Maui Pops Orchestra to transport you to your happiest place!

Scarlett Strallen

 Scarlett Strallen has starred in productions on Broadway, London’s West End, and is a frequent soloist on the concert stage.  She most recently starred on Broadway as Gwendolyn in Travesties and has appeared in the title role of Mary Poppins, a role she also played in the West End, and as Sibella Hallward in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.  Additional theater credits include the title role in Nell Gwynn at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Pirates of Penzance at Barrington Stage Company, Macbeth at the Armory in New York, Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory, A Chorus Line at The London Palladium, Singin’ in the Rain at Chichester Festival Theatre and The Palace Theatre London (Olivier Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical), She Loves Me at the Chocolate Factory, and Passion at Donmar Warehouse.  In 2014, Scarlett received the ‘Whatsonstage’ awards for best actress in a musical for A Chorus Line at the London Palladium and Candide at the Menier.

A frequent soloist with orchestras around the world, Scarlett made her German debut at the Philharmonie in Berlin with the John Wilson Orchestra in “A Celebration of the MGM Film Musicals”. Recent concerts include “Disney on Broadway” at the Royal Albert Hall, “I Love Musicals” arena tour of Sweden with Peter Joback, “Cole Porter in Hollywood” UK tour with the John Wilson Orchestra, a broadcast on Sky television from the Royal Albert Hall in London and “Bernstein Stage and Screen” at the BBC Proms with the John Wilson Orchestra which was broadcast on BBC television.  Scarlett has recorded with Simon Keenleyside “Something’s Gotta Give” for Chandos conducted by David Charles Abel. Film and television credits include:  Kevin Spacey’s movie Beyond The Sea, the title role in the BBC production of Mary Poppins celebrating HM Queen Elizabeth’s 80th birthday.

Hugh Panaro

Hugh Panaro most recently starred on Broadway as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera.  Also on Broadway, Mr. Panaro has been seen as Gaylord Ravenal in the Harold Prince revival of Show Boat, Marius in Les Miserables and created the roles of Buddy Foster in Side Show, Julian Craster in Jule Styne’s final musical The Red Shoes and the title role of the seductive vampire in Elton John’s musical Lestat.  Mr. Panaro made his West End debut as Gaylord Ravenal in Show Boat and went on to perform the title role in Martin Guerre.  Some of Mr. Panaro’s Off-Broadway credits include the title role in Sweeney Todd at the Barrow Street Theatre, White Lies at the Triad Theater, Noa Noa at Playwright’s Horizons, Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights at the John Housman Theatre, Children of Eden at the Actor’s Playhouse and Robert in Little Fish at Second Stage Theatre. 

An active concert artist, Mr. Panaro has performed with numerous symphony orchestras including the Dallas, Detroit, San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, Houston, Calgary, Utah and the London Sinfonietta among many others and had the privilege of performing in the world premiere of Penderecki’s Te Deum at Carnegie Hall.  Mr. Panaro was a guest soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, conducted by Marvin Hamlisch.  His recordings include Jerome Kern Treasury, the original cast recording of Side Show, Tap Your Troubles Away (Herman), The Centennial (Weil), Life On The Wicked Stage (Kern) among others.  His first solo CD, recorded with Sony/BMG, was released in the summer of 2007.  Mr. Panaro toured throughout Europe with the legendary Barbra Streisand.  A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Panaro graduated from Temple University and was awarded the Boyer College of Music Certificate of Honor for his impressive career in musical theatre. 

“Winter Pops” – Sunday, February 17, 2019 3:00 p.m. – Featuring Lawrence Golan, Guest Conductor/Violinist

A unique pops program “Fiddle-Faddle” features the amazing expressive versatility of the violin, backed by the 50+ member Maui Pops Orchestra.  An award-winning conductor and violinist, Lawrence Golan has also received numerous ASCAP Adventurous Programming Awards.  Music from Fiddler on the Roof, Schindler’s List, The Lord of the Dance, Carmen, and selections by Leroy Anderson and Charlie Daniels are just a sampling of all this delightful afternoon will include!

Lawrence Golan

Acclaimed for his vibrant, inspired performances, imaginative programming and evocative command of different styles and composers, American conductor/violinist Lawrence Golan has developed a reputation as a dynamic, charismatic communicator.

Golan currently serves as Music Director of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra in Washington state, Colorado’s Denver Philharmonic, and Pennsylvania’s York Symphony. He is also Music Director of Colorado’s Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre at the University of Denver.

Now with a multi-faceted career as soloist and conductor, he can be seen/heard both on and beside the podium. Golan’s international career has taken him throughout the United States and to Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, El Salvador, England, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

An accomplished violinist, Golan has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He served as Principal Second violinist of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra from 1989-1990, and then as Concertmaster of the Portland Symphony Orchestra for eleven years.

As a recording artist, Mr. Golan has made several recordings, amongst them “Fantasia,” a collection of works for solo violin, and “Indian Summer: The Music of George Perlman,” which won two Global Music Awards. His scholarly-performing edition of the solo violin works of J. S. Bach is published by Mel Bay Publications. Golan’s Fantasia for Solo Violin is published by Ludwig Music and won the Global Music Award for composition in 2011.

A native of Chicago, Lawrence Golan comes from a musical family – his father, the late Joseph Golan, served as Principal Second Violinist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for thirty-five years. Golan received his Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and Master of Music in Violin Performance and Orchestral Conducting from the Indiana University School of Music and his D.M.A. in Violin Performance and Orchestral Conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. In 1999 he was awarded Tanglewood Music Center’s Leonard Bernstein Conducting Fellowship, and in 2002, Aspen Music Festival’s Conducting Fellowship.

Lawrence and his wife Cecilia, who is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, have two young children.

“Spring Pops” – Sunday, March 10, 2019 3:00 p.m. – Featuring Vocalists Debbie Gravitte and Sal Viviano

Prolific entertainer Sal Viviano joins forces with Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte to thrill and delight our audience in “The Sweet Sounds of Big Band” – a celebration of music from the Big Band Era. The 50+ member Maui Pops Orchestra swings along in selections by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Paul Anka, Ray Charles, Glenn Miller and more for an afternoon of toe-tapping revelry!

Debbie Gravitte

One of Broadway’s biggest personalities, Debbie Gravitte received the Tony Award for her critically acclaimed performance in Jerome Robbins Broadway, along with the New York Showstopper Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination. She made her Broadway debut in the original cast of They’re Playing Our Song, and went on to appear in: Blues In The Night, Perfectly Frank (Drama Desk Award Nomination), Zorba, Ain’t Broadway Grand?, Chicago and Les Miserables. Debbie appeared in London in Jerry Herman’s Mack and Mabel at the Drury Lane Theatre and has been seen in the New York City Encores! productions of The Boys From Syracuse, Tenderloin, and Carnival.

Debbie has sung with over 100 orchestras worldwide, including National Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch, Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Pops, Cleveland Pops, Philly Pops, Pittsburgh Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, San Diego Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and Houston Symphony. Overseas, she’s appeared with the London Symphony, Stockholm Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, National Symphonica of Brazil, Munich Philharmonic, and a special performance in Beijing with Lang Lang and the Chinese Philharmonic. Debbie is featured on many recordings including her four solo CDs:  Big Band Broadway, Defying Gravity, The Alan Menken Album, and The MGM Album.   Film:  Isn’t She Great and The Little Mermaid.  Television:  Trial and Error (CBS), Pursuit of Happiness (NBC), numerous PBS Specials including: Broadway Plays Washington, Ira Gershwin’s 100th Birthday Live from Carnegie Hall, and In Concert with the Boston Pops. Debbie was featured in the Peter Martin’s ballet Thou Swell with the NYC Ballet.

Sal Viviano

Sal Viviano has appeared with over 120 Symphony Orchestras in Pops Concerts at major Halls around the World, with current bookings up to 2 years in advance. A Detroit native, he ‘opened’ for many Comedy Legends, while earning Degrees (on Football Scholarship) from Eastern Illinois University. On Broadway, Viviano’s credits include: The Three Musketeers (debut), and roles in the hits Romance / Romance, City of Angels, Falsettos, The Life, and The Full Monty. Off-Broadway, he’s co-starred in over a dozen more: Closer Than Ever (Broadway World Award); The Big Time; Golf, The Musical (Backstage Award), Beau Jest; Cather County; Weird Romance; Catch Me If I Fall; Broadway Jukebox; Joseph Papp’s Hamlet, The Opera…. On Tour, he starred in Evita, Anything Goes!, The Pirates of Penzance, Pippin, Hair, and earned a Helen Hayes nomination for Sunday In The Park With George. Recently in NY: Chicago (Billy Flynn). On Screen: Legally Blonde 2, Black Roses, The Jitters, Spike of Bensonhurst, Life With Mikey, TV’s Law and Order, Cosby Mysteries, and Disney’s Out of the Box (VanGogh).

Recordings (over 70) include his solo CD, The Standards of Love, recorded live with full Orchestra (FRIARecords). Other notable venues: The Iridium, The Russian Tea Room, The 92nd Street Y (15 seasons), The White House (Reagan), The Presidential Inaugural Concert (Clinton/Gore). A longtime FRIARS CLUB member, Viviano regularly ‘opens’ the legendary Celebrity Roasts. Anthems: 29 Seasons, NY Mets. Mr. Viviano resides with his wife, Liz Larsen, and two boys, Allesandro Gian and Joseph Dante, in NYC.


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